Ants on a log

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Ants on a log
Ants on a log using cream cheese

Ants on a log is a snack made by spreading cream cheese, peanut butter, ricotta cheese or any number of spreads on celery and placing raisins on top. The snack name was first used in the 1950s.[1] The 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 of ants on a log, 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]
  • Ants in the Pants: without "peanut butter"

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  1. ^ Smith, Andrew F. (ed.) (2007). The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 100. ISBN 9780195307962.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ a b "Smart Snacks" (PDF). McKinley Health Center, University of Illinois. March 26, 2008. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  3. ^ Bailey, Stephanie (January 26, 2009). "Insect-themed Food". Dept of Entomology, Univ. of Kentucky College of Agriculture. Retrieved 2014-12-15.
  4. ^ Cain, Lisa (June 18, 2009). "Ants on a log". Snack Girl. Retrieved 2014-12-15. Ants on a log is a combination of celery, cream cheese (or peanut butter), and raisins.