How to Make Raisin Ants on a Celery Log

An incredibly quick, healthy, and fun snack for kids, Ants on a Log was invented in the 1950s, and since then has grown into a favourite with both kids and moms. Recommended by the McKinley Health Center (at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) as a nutritious snack for children, Ants on a Log has spawned several variations, such as Gnats on a Log (made with currants), Beetles on a Log (using prunes instead of raisins), and Frogs on a Log (made with Cheese Whiz and peas). In addition, different varieties use cream cheese or Cheese Whiz instead of peanut butter, for children with peanut allergies.

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: Nil
Total time: 5 min
Yield: 10 logs
Utensils: Paper towel, knife, spoon, bowl

Ingredients:
Stalks celery: 5
Peanut butter: 1/2 cup
Raisins: 1/4 cup

Instructions

  • 1

    To start, prepare the “logs”. Wash the celery sticks thoroughly, to make sure there is no dirt on them, and then pat them dry with a paper towel (if they are wet, the ants will slide right off). Trim any odd ends with a knife to make them neat and symmetrical, and then chop each celery stick in half.

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  • 2

    Next, you will need to spread each “log” with peanut butter, as this will serve as a cement to keep the ants on the log. For this purpose, you can simply use a knife or a spoon to get the job done. Another option is to fill a piping bag with peanut butter, and use this to pipe neat rows of peanut butter onto all the logs. Do not spread on too little (the ants won’t stick), or too much (the snack will get too messy and difficult to handle).

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  • 3

    Finally, stick the raisins onto the peanut butter in a row, to make it appear as if “ants” are marching on the “log”. Four to five raisins per celery stick should be sufficient, but the amount should ideally depend on how long or short the stick is, so use your good judgment here.

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  • 4

    Arrange the Ants on a Log on a large platter, preferably a brightly-coloured one to make the snack even more exciting. Serve with glasses of milk.

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