Feed Your Kids Bugs! - Recipes
Tasty Topsoil Treat
2 (20-oz.) packages dark chocolate cookies, (or chocolate sandwich cookies minus filling)
1 (10-oz.) package chocolate chip cookies
1 (10-oz.) package peanut butter cookies
12 gummy worms
12 gummy spiders
12 assorted "bug" candies
6 pint-sized plastic planting pots, (or 2 large ones)
6 plastic plant stems with leaves
Pour contents of each package of cookies into blender or food processor (Keep each cookie type separate) and grind up until consistency of soil. (De-icing sandwich cookies is a fun activity to share with the kids.)
Fill each pot one-fourth full with black cookie 'soil' and sprinkle on a variety of candy bugs. Continue in this fashion layering cookie colors and candy bugs, finishing with a top layer of black crumbs.
Plant plastic plant stems in pots and place along party table for the kids to snack on.
1 package plastic beetles
2 pints blackberries or raspberries, or a combination of both
2 mangos, pitted and peeled
2 quarts grape or cranberry juice
1 bottle green food color, optional
1 bottle blue food color, optional
The night before the party, make frozen bug ice cubes using small plastic containers or the bottoms of plastic drink bottles as molds. Place a plastic beetle in each container, fill with water and freeze.
To prepare Beetle Juice on day of party, mash all the blackberries or raspberries between your hands (let the kids do this!).
Remove the flesh of the mangos and mince in blender.
Mix all fruit together in a large punch bowl, add frozen bug ice cubes and fill to desired level with fruit juice. Add green and blue food coloring, if desired, to achieve appropriate dark green 'Beetle Juice' color.
Monarch Caterpillar Birthday Cake
1 recipe chocolate cake roll
1 cup whipped cream
1 cup prepared yellow frosting
1 can prepared white frosting
1 black decorating gel
1 package black gumdrops or candy corn
1 package black birthday candles
Follow directions for making a chocolate cake roll, being especially careful to roll the cake together with a towel while still warm. Fill the cooled cake (or two cakes for twice the caterpillar) with whipped cream.
Cover rolled cake completely with yellow frosting. Stripe the caterpillar width-wise every inch or so with a rib of white frosting outlined on both sides with a line of black cake decorating gel, such that the caterpillar is yellow, then black, then white, then black, then yellow again, leaving the yellow frosting to create the widest bands.
For the caterpillar's legs, place black gumdrops or candy corns, narrow end down, along the base of the frosting on each side of the caterpillar. Use black gumdrops for eyes, and black candles for antennae.
Yields: 1 Caterpillar Cake for 8 or more
1 cantaloupe melon
1 honeydew melon
1 bunch green seedless grapes
1 bunch black seedless grapes
1 pint strawberries
1 package colored plastic toothpicks
1 package cake decorating gel
1 pint bing cherries
1 pint blueberries
1 cup raisins
4 black plums
4 oranges, peeled
Set out various-sized bowls and one platter on a long table, accompanied by simple drawings of popular bugs like ladybugs, ants, bees, butterflies, beetles, caterpillars, etc. The children will refer to these pictures and create their own fruit bugs by attaching the various fruit shapes together with toothpicks.
Refer to the pictures yourself while preparing food shapes. Wash all fruit first. Fill one bowl each with the blueberries and the grapes. Wedge the apples. Peel and separate the oranges. Hull the strawberries and bisect half of them, leaving the other half-pint whole. Cut the apricots and plums in half and remove seeds. Cut two pears in half and wedge the others. Use a melon baller to create abdomens for ants, bees and beetles out of cantaloupe and honeydew melons. Fill each bowl with a different fruit 'body part.'
Cut the watermelon into a square or rectangular block. Use the excess to make more abdominal balls. From the block, cut 3/4" thick slices, and trim the slices slightly to approximate the shape of wings. Stack these on a platter with a spatula and leave spatula for serving. The children can make butterflies by laying the slices flat on their individual plates and using cake gel for designs, fruit wedges for bodies, and blueberries or raisins for spots and eyes.
Serves: 16 or more