ST. PAUL AND MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – October is National Orthodontic Health Month and Dr. Jennifer Eisenhuth’s Eagan, MN orthodontics practice is getting a jump start on promoting braces-friendly snacks for patients in honor of the month.
October can be a busy time of year for Eisenhuth, an Eagan orthodontist, due to the sticky treats patients often are tempted to partake in during Halloween festivities, she said. Chewy, sticky candies and damage braces and prolong the treatment process.
By gathering some great recipes now, those festivities can be a bit friendlier to patients with braces.
The American Association of Orthodontists teamed up with Food Network personality Chef Michael Chiarello, who hosts “Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello,” last year to create some tasty treats that promise not to damage braces.
Last year’s yummy recipes can make this Halloween tasty and safe for Eisenhuth’s patients wearing fixed braces. And for those who wear removable braces such as Invisalign and don’t have to worry about breaking appliances, they still can benefit from these recipes, which don’t include sticky ingredients that lead to acid-producing bacteria and possible tooth decay, said Eisenhuth, who also is an Eagan Invisalign provider.
One recipe patients might try is Chiarello’s Frightfully Fabulous Cupcake Sandwiches.
The following ingredients are needed to make this Halloween treat:
· 1 cup warm water
· 1/3 cup cocoa powder
· 3/4 cup mayonnaise
· 1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
· 2 cups sifted cake flour
· 1 cup superfine (also known as baker’s) sugar
· tsp. baking soda
· 1/8 tsp. salt
· 1 can of chocolate frosting or chocolate mousse
· 1 container of whipped topping
Assorted braces-friendly candy pieces, such as chopped peanut butter cups, melt-in-your-mouth candies and chocolate bars.
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Prepare a muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners; set aside. Combine cocoa powder and water and mix until smooth. Fold in mayonnaise. (Making sure cocoa mixture isn’t too hot keeps mayonnaise from breaking). Add vanilla and whisk until smooth.
In mixer, combine sugar, cake flour, baking soda and salt and mix together on lower speed. Add cocoa mixture and mix on medium-high until well blended. Scrape down the sides and blend for 30 seconds. Fill the cupcake liners 3/4 full of batter. Bake 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool cupcakes on a rack.
Slice each cupcake horizontally in half and place whipped topping, chocolate mousse or frosting on one side. Sprinkle with candy pieces and place the other half of the cupcake on top.
This recipe makes 12 sandwiches.
Additonal recipes ideal for people who wear braces are available at www.bracescookbook.com.
If you would like more information about Dr. Jennifer Eisenhuth or are interested in scheduling a free consultation, visit her Web site, http://www.doctorjennifer.com/, or call (651) 406-8100. Dr. Eisenhuth’s office is located at 3340 Sherman Ct. in Eagan.
About Dr. Jennifer Eisenhuth
Dr. Eisenhuth attended the University of Minnesota Dental School and graduated in the top of her class. She earned the Minnesota Association of Orthodontic Achievement Award and several academic achievement awards. She entered her orthodontic residency at the University of Minnesota and earned a certificate in orthodontics and a Master of Science degree.
Dr. Eisenhuth is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.
She takes pride in caring for the orthodontic needs of residents in the Twin Cities- St. Paul and Minneapolis, and their surrounding regions, including Mendota Heights, Inver Grove Heights, Burnsville, Apple Valley and Eagan, Minnesota.
Her office is located at 3340 Sherman Court, Eagan, Minn., 55121.
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