Variations on Ants on a Log
Ants on a log is the quintessential childhood snack. I’m not sure who it was who first filled a celery stalk with peanut butter, but it does seem like the celery’s perfect little cavern was meant to hold something.
Traditionally, ants on a log means a celery stalk stuffed with peanut butter and sprinkled with raisins. Luckily for me, my mom was a raisin-hater, so my childhood celery stalks were often filled with peanut butter, then sprinkled with chocolate chips. Which is certainly an improvement.
Usually snack time in my house means I give Neko a chunk of cheddar cheese and a few grapes. But the other day found all three of us in the house and hungry, and when I realized I had celery on hand, I decided to whip up a few ants on a log.
While Neko will eat peanut butter, it’s not her favorite thing, so I started thinking up a few different ant/log combinations.
The favorite was by far the log stuffed with neufchatel, then sprinkled with dried blueberries. I’m sure this could also work with other dried fruit and regular cream cheese or even mascarpone if you have some lying around.
For my traditional ants on a log, I used creamy peanut butter and chopped up dark chocolate. But I think any nut butter would be fantastic stuffed inside a piece of celery. And the next time I have some cacao nibs on hand, I might sprinkle some of those on top. Or just cut to the chase and fill my celery with straight Nutella.