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Hungry Fruit Caterpillar Recipe

Hungry Fruit Caterpillar Recipe

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. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 medium apple, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 medium plum plus 1/2 small plum
  • 1 teaspoon creamy peanut butter
  • 2 green grapes
  • 1 small lemon slice
  • 2 flowering sprigs of mint, optional
  • 6 fresh strawberries
  • 2 clementines, peeled
  • 1 medium kiwifruit, peeled and halved
  • 1/4 cup hot caramel ice cream topping


  • 1. In a small bowl, whisk the confectioners' sugar, milk and extract until smooth; set aside. In another bowl, combine apple and orange juice; toss to coat.
  • 2. Place whole plum on a serving platter. Using peanut butter, attach grapes for eyes and lemon for mouth. Attach mint sprigs for antennae if desired. Arrange apple and remaining fruit in a zigzag pattern to form caterpillar body. Drizzle caramel topping for legs; spoon almond glaze over fruit. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 250 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 83 mg sodium, 61 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein.