Turning string cheese snacks into wiggly warms was simply a matter of poking in whole cloves for the eyes. We remind the kids to be sure to remove these before eating the worms. For serving the dip, I halved and seeded a green pepper, then added olives for eyes and green onion "legs".—Lenore Walters, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
VERIFIED BY Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- Sweetened shredded coconut
- Green liquid food coloring
- 24 whole cloves
- 6 string cheese
- 6 twirled mozzarella cheese sticks
- DIP BOWLS:
- 1 medium green pepper
- 12 green onions
- 2 pitted ripe olives
- Dip of your choice
- Place coconut in a resealable plastic bag; add food coloring and shake to coat until color is evenly distributed. Sprinkle coconut onto a serving plate. Press two cloves into one end of each cheese stick for worm eyes. As cheese sticks reach room temperature, they can be positioned to appear more worm-like.
- Cut green pepper in half lengthwise. Remove and discard stem and seeds. Cut the white portion from green onions; save for another use. Bend the green portion of onions in half for grasshopper legs. Attach six legs to each pepper half with toothpicks. For eyes, cut olives widthwise in half; attach to grasshoppers with toothpicks. Fill pepper halves with dip. Remove cloves from worms before eating. Yield: 12 cheese worms and 2 grasshopper bowls.
Originally published as Cheese Worms with Grasshopper Dip in Taste of Home June/July 2004, p14