Was Ants on a Log one of your favorite childhood snacks? I loved it though my mom never called it that. Funny, too, because when I asked my boys if Nonna ever made Ants on a Log for them, their eyes lit up and they knew exactly what I meant. So, my mom calls it that now. Weird.
When I told them they could create their own version, they were excited. The Enthusiastic Kitchen Elf went savory. He mixed mascarpone with fresh mozzarella and white truffle oil. He carefully wedged fresh basil leaves into the celery, smeared the cheese into the celery and, then, smooshed fresh tomatoes to use the seeds as his ants. Yes, he smooshed them with his little fingers.
The Precise Kitchen Elf went sweet, calling his creation 'Ants on a Log that Fell in the Mud.' I don't think I ever would have dipped celery in melted chocolate! He mixed raw almond butter with chia seeds. He placed the dried cranberries into the celery and smeared the almond butter into the log. Then he melted dark chocolate in a double boiler and dipped one end into the 'mud.'
We'll be on Twitter tonight for the #AntsOnALogDay chat. Tuesday, September 8th at 8:30pmET.
You can enter an Instagram contest. Just post a picture of yourself, friends, neighbors, your cat... all eating your favorite version of Ants on a Log. Everyone should hashtag #AntsOnALogDay and @dandyfreshproduce in Instagram.
Please go register for the event here: Remember to use the hashtag #AntsOnALogDay. You can follow along on Instagram here, on Twitter here, on Facebook here, and on Pinterest here.