Bugfood I: Insect-themed Food
compiled by Stephanie Bailey
Entomology Extension Specialist
This unit includes several recipes for insect-themed foods (no
insects are eaten). Buggy recipes may enliven a party, 4-H
demonstration on insects, or an insect or nutrition unit.
Slice stalks of celery, and spread peanut butter in the groove.
Sprinkle with black raisins.
Variations: 1) aphids-on-a-log
(sunflower seeds), 2) gnats-on-a-log (currents).
Use cinnamon twists (glazed donut-like pastries formed into the
number eight) as the insect body, stick bendable plastic straws
in the sides (three on each side) to be the legs, and they should
look like giant ants. Use 'donut holes' for ant eggs.
Combine ingredients, then roll into 1-2" balls, then roll the
balls in powdered sugar to keep them from sticking together.
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 1/4 cup powdered milk
- Fly-in-the-batter cookies: Make chocolate chip or oatmeal
cookies, adding raisins (flies) or chocolate sprinkles (gnats).
- Fly-in-the-batter pudding: Vanilla pudding with raisins.
- Cow Pies: Chocolate pudding with slivered almonds or coconut
sprinkles (maggots). Place a few plastic fly adults on top.
BUG BLOOD or BUG JUICE
Mix a yellow drink (citrus pop or lemonade) with a blue one
(kool-aid). You'll end up with a radioactive shade of green.
CATERPILLAR IN A COCOON
1) Use a bundt cake & filling recipe or box, but bake in cupcake
tins (greased-do not use cupcake papers). When cool, dip or
cover with a thin layer of frosting, and then roll in or sprinkle
coconut on top.
2) Soften (but don't melt!) caramel candies, coat with melted
chocolate and/or roll in nuts/sprinkles/coconut.
Grease an 8-9" square pan VERY LIGHTLY. Mix boxed gelatin (any
flavor) with warm water in a 1 1/2 quart size bowl and microwave
1 1/2 minutes. Stir to dissolve completely. Add marshmallows,
microwave 1 minute more or until marshmallows are puffed and
almost melted. SLOWLY stir mixture until marshmallows are
melted. Allow creamy layer to float to the top-don't mix it all
together. Pour mixture into pan. Refrigerate until set (about 1
hr.). Loosen edges with a knife. Roll up tightly like a jelly
roll, then (with seam-side down) cut into 1/2" slices with a
sharp knife. Serve immediately or refrigerate.
- 1 3-oz. pkg. flavored gelatin
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
Use pretzels as butterfly wing frames, and stick them together
with softened caramel candy or peanut butter. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
CHOCOLATE PRETZEL SPIDER
Stick two oreo cookies together with chocolate frosting. Make 8
curved legs by breaking bow-tied pretzels, and attach them around
the middle of the spider by sticking them into the chocolate
frosting. Use M & M's for eyes on the front, 'glued' with
As a variation, use sandwich crackers, instead
of sandwich cookies, stuck together with peanut butter.
Prepare any boxed cake mix. Bake it in 2 metal bowls, 1 bigger
than the other. Once unmolded, cut the bigger one (the"body") in
half, horizontally. CAREFULLY scoop out an adequate cavity in
each half. FILL with well-whipped set green Jello, and reattach
the halves. Frost both cakes black, arrange on serving platter.
Use licorice sticks as legs. Use 2 BIG green gumdrops and 6
little ones as eyes. When the cake is cut into, it spurts green
goop, just like a real spider when stepped on.
- 1 boxed cake mix
- Black Frosting
- 1 box green gelatin
- 8 black licorice sticks
- 8 gumdrops, M & M's or other round candy for eyes
1) Add a red hourglass to the back for a Black Widow.
2) Substitute pistachio pudding instead of green jello.
Black cake frosting: add blue food coloring to chocolate
frosting or purchase black food coloring from a specialty store.
Cream margarine, sugar, cream cheese. In another bowl mix
milk and pudding. Let sit until thick. Stir in cool whip, mix
with cream cheese mixture. Make sure pot holes are plugged. Put
1/3 of cookie crumbs in bottom of pot. Add 1/2 of cream cheese
mixture. Repeat cookie crumbs and cream cheese mixture, adding
some gummy worms and the mini marshmallows. Add extra crumbs on
top (to look like dirt). Refrigerate over night. Add flower(s),
plastic bugs, and the rest of the gummy worms on top. Use a trowel to serve.
- 1 20-oz. pkg. chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed
- 1/2 stick margarine
- 1 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 3-1/2 c. milk
- 2 pkg. instant chocolate pudding
- 1 12-oz. tub whipped topping
- 1/4 c. mini marshmallows (for "beetle grubs")
- 1 plastic flower pot
- 1 plastic flower
- plastic ants/beetles
- gummy worms