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Kix Caterpillars on a Log

Sure, you can have ants on a log. But wouldn’t you rather have adorable, smiling caterpillars crawling across your peanut butter-stuffed celery sticks? Peanut butter in celery sticks was my go-to snack when I was a kid. Bugs would have made these way, way better, and it’s not often bugs make something way, way better. Especially snacking.

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Edible writers—or, pens filled with food coloring–should be an essential tool of every home with kids. Just adding a silly face, a note, or a little drawing turns blah food into fun food. I own about a hundred of them. But you only need one to make Kix caterpillars. Find them in the baking aisle of the craft store.

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To make caterpillars on a log, trim and cut celery sticks. Spread peanut butter in the cavity of the celery. Use a black edible writer to draw a happy face on one piece of Kix cereal. Place the smiling Kix on the peanut butter and add a trail of Kix cereal for the caterpillar body, as long as you would like your caterpillar to be.

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Serve to giggling kids.

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Meaghan Mountford, author of Sugarlicious: 50 Cute and Clever Treats for Every Occasion, has been creating crafty sweets for 15 years. She is especially fond of decorating cookies, marshmallows and putting sweets on sticks. See more on her blog, the decorated cookie.