Ants on a log

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Ants on a log using cream cheese

Ants on a log is a snack made by spreading peanut butter on celery and placing raisins on top. The snack name was first used in the 1950s.[1] The typical peanut butter version of ants on a log is recommended as a healthy snack by the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[2] There are numerous variations, including:

  • Gnats on a log – Currants[3]
  • Ants on vacation – Without "ants", or no raisins[2]
  • Ants on a Slip 'n Slide – Add honey on top of the peanut butter before adding raisins[4]
  • Beetles on a log – Use prunes instead of raisins
  • Frogs on a log – Use Cheez Whiz and peas

Popular culture[edit]

In The Office episode "The Manager and the Salesman", it is revealed that Michael Scott (Steve Carell) has his receptionist bring him "ants on a log" every day at 2:30 pm.

During the song "Mama", on the album Turtleneck & Chain by The Lonely Island, the mother of one of the singers is heard to say that she made them "ants on a log". In the 1991 film Nothing But Trouble the chief constable (John Candy) offers traffic violator Diane Lightson (Demi Moore) "ants on a log, ma'am?"  The "logs" are coated with actual ants, rather than raisins.

In the third episode of the ABC series Resurrection ("Two Rivers"), eight-year-old resurrectee, Jacob, ends his conversation with investigating ICE agent Bellamy regarding the original body found in his coffin from thirty-two years before by telling him his mother has just made "ants on a log" for his afternoon snack.


  1. ^ Smith, Andrew F. (ed.) (2007). The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 100. ISBN 9780195307962. 
  2. ^ a b McKinley Health Center - Smart Snacks - University of Illinois Smart Snacks
  3. ^ Insect-themed Food
  4. ^ Snack Snoop