Hungry Fruit Caterpillar

Total Time

Prep: 20 min.


4 servings

Updated: Sep. 25, 2022
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
Hungry Fruit Caterpillar Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  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.

Nutrition Facts

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