Hungry Fruit Caterpillar Recipe
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Hungry Fruit Caterpillar Recipe

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Hungry caterpillars make good children's stories as well as a fruity feature using apples, kiwis, clementines and cleverness—an easy dessert that's simple enough for small hands. —Kim Mordecai, Little Rock, Arkansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 medium apple, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon creamy peanut butter
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs , optional
  • 1 small pear, sliced
  • 1 clementine, peeled
  • 2 fresh strawberries, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 small cluster green grapes
  • 1/4 cup unsalted cashews

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 250 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 83mg sodium, 61g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, whisk confectioners' sugar, milk and extract until smooth; set aside.
  2. Cut apple in half lengthwise; place one half on a serving platter. Cut remaining half into slices. Cut eyes from one slice.
  3. Using peanut butter, attach apple pieces for eyes and a cashew half for a mouth. If desired, attach thyme sprigs for antennae. Arrange apple slices and remaining fruit in a wavy pattern to form caterpillar body. Place cashews under caterpillar for legs; spoon glaze over fruit. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Hungry Fruit Caterpillar in Taste of Home February/March 2012, p72

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Reviewed Aug. 10, 2013

"Great to make with the kids at daycare."

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