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 or peanut butter 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:

  • Frogs on a log[3]
  • Gnats on a log: currants[4]
  • 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[3]
  • Bees in the trees: yellow Reese's Pieces in broccoli florettes
  • Hippopotamuses on Thomases: half Thomas' English muffin with peanut butter and prunes


  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 "Smart Snacks". McKinley Health Center, University of Illinois. March 26, 2008. Retrieved 2014-12-15. 
  3. ^ a b 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. 
  4. ^ Bailey, Stephanie (January 26, 2009). "Insect-themed Food". Dept of Entomology, Univ. of Kentucky College of Agriculture. Retrieved 2014-12-15.