56 Chopped Basket Ideas Your Kids Will Love (And Adults Too)
On your marks, get set, LET’S COOK!
Your kids will love these chopped basket ideas that we have created just for you.
Cooking with kids can be a fun and educational experience, and a “chopped basket” challenge is a great way to get them involved in the kitchen.
If you are not familiar with the concept, a chopped basket is a collection of ingredients that challenge kids to create a dish using all the ingredients provided.
Just for a little background, I used many of these ideas in our cooking school for kids. We had a chopped camp where kids would come in and work as a team to create a dish.
Each team had to create a dish using the basket ingredients along with several “pantry” items that we picked out for them. SO MUCH FUN!
Here, you will find 56 basket ingredient ideas. These are focused more on appetizer and dessert baskets to include quick basket solutions. Get the list of 56 Chopped Basket Ideas as a PDF.
But First, let’s start with Tips for Creating the Perfect Mystery Basket Ideas.
Tips for Creating the Perfect Basket
When it comes to kids, they can have many variables in their experience with cooking. In order to err on the side of caution, it is best to create an environment that can be easily adaptable for everyone.
Here are some tips for creating a chopped ingredients basket for kids:
Tip #1 Use Ready-To-Eat Ingredients
The first tip is to use ingredients that are ready-to-eat. I know this sounds counter-intuitive when it comes to the challenge of the competition. However, this will save time and minimize the risk of injury in the kitchen.
If you have experienced kids or have adults working closely with them, then mix in some raw ingredients. Just remember that food safety comes first, so you have to watch for cross-contamination and that food is properly cooked.
Through working with kids and these baskets, the truth is that the kids will not mind if the food is pre-cooked, for example, chicken breast. They will be glad that they can get right to the prep without getting raw chicken on their fingers.
Tip #2 Use Ingredients That Are Easy To Chop
Tip #3 Age Appropriate Ingredients
Choose ingredients that are appropriate for the age level of the kids. For younger children, opt for simpler ingredients, while for older kids, you can include more challenging ingredients.
Tip #4 Baskets Can Range In Level Of Difficulty
Before choosing your ingredients, think about who will be the cooking. What is the age range and what is the experience level. Moreover, baskets can range in level of difficulty, so be sure to select ingredients that are appropriate for the level of experience of the group.
For example, if you have a group of experienced home cooks or chefs, your basket ingredients can be more challenging.
Tip #5 Allow For Creativity With Unusual Ingredients
When choosing ingredients, allow for creativity by including more “unusual” ingredients. This will challenge the kids to think outside the box and come up with new and interesting dishes.
Tip #6 Consider Including a Cheat Sheet In the Basket
If the group needs help, consider including a “cheat sheet” in the basket with ideas and suggestions. The cheat sheet is all in good fun. A cheat sheet is great for a party for the fun of it. However, disregard the cheat sheet if your groups want a serious challenge!
Tip #7 Consideration of Food Allergies
Be sure to reach out to your culinary guests for their food allergies. Keep this in mind when you are planning your chopped basket shopping list.
56 Chopped Basket Ideas
56 Chopped Ingredients Basket Ideas for Appetizer and Dessert Mystery Basket
Chopped Appetizer Basket Ideas
Now, let’s take a look at some appetizer basket ingredients:
To make these ideas super easy to implement, these ingredients are grouped together by basket. However, feel free to mix and match if that works better for you.
Next to each item is a suggested amount to add to the basket. However, it really depends on how many people are participating.
Appetizer Basket Ideas #1
#1 Boiled Eggs (6 Eggs Peeled or Unpeeled)
#2 Bacon (Could be pre-cooked bacon) 6-8 strips
#3 Mayonnaise Cup (1/2 cup is a good amount)
#4 Avocado (1-2 Ripe)
Appetizer Basket Ideas #2
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Appetizer Basket Ideas #4
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Appetizer Basket Ideas #7
Chopped Dessert Basket Ideas
When you are planning your chopped at home basket ideas, use this list for your dessert basket.
Kids will love these ideas for your dessert basket. Moreover, these ideas are geared for chopped basket ideas for kids.
Here are some dessert basket ingredients:
Again, there are amounts for the baskets included next to each item. However, it depends on the number of participants in the challenge.
Dessert Basket Ideas #1
#1 Blueberries (2 Cups)
#2 Baguette (1 loaf)
#3 Nerds candies (1 Large Box)
#4 Pretzel Rods (1 bag)
Dessert Basket Ideas #2
#1 Baguette (1 loaf)
#2 Blueberries (2 cups)
#3 Marshmallows (3 cups)
#4 Mint Leaves (4-6 leaves)
Dessert Basket Ideas #3
#1 Angel Food Cake (1 prepared Angel Food Loaf, or half of a prepared bundt cake size)
#2 Canned Pears (1 can)
#3 Vanilla Yogurt (8 ounces)
#4 Graham Crackers (8 full-sized crackers)
Dessert Basket Ideas #4
#1 Brie Cheese (1 4 ounce wedge)
#2 Fresh Apples (3 apples)
#3 Potato Chips (1 bag)
#4 Brown Sugar (1/2 cup)
Dessert Basket Ideas #5
#1 Whipped Cream Cheese (4 ounces)
#2 Strawberry Preserves (1 Jar)
#3 Chocolate Chips (1 cup)
#4 Cooked Quinoa (2 cups)
Dessert Basket Ideas #6
#1 Strawberry Yogurt (8 ounces)
#2 Bananas (6 bananas)
#3 Cheerios (2 cups)
#4 Popcorn (4 cups)
Dessert Basket Ideas #7
#1 Cupcakes (Plain, No Icing) 6-8 cupcakes
#2 Maraschino Cherries (1 small jar)
#3 Oreo Cookies (10 cookies)
#4 Heavy Cream (1 pint)
With these 56 chopped ingredients basket ideas, your kids are sure to have a blast in the kitchen. Whether they are making an appetizer or a dessert, they will be challenged to be creative and think outside the box. Not to mention, they will have a lot of fun and learn valuable cooking skills along the way.