Thursday, April 26, 2012

hungry fruit caterpillar

At preschool today we used The Very Hungry Caterpillar as our theme, one of my all-time favorites.  We just had to eat this for our snack today.  What's better than fresh fruit?  Glaze on top of fresh fruit!

hungry fruit caterpillar (idea from Taste of Home February/March 2012)
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
fruit of your choice
3 tablespoons orange juice (if you use apples to keep them from browning)
few squirts of caramel ice cream topping (not featured in photo)

In a small bowl, whisk the confectioners' sugar, milk and extract until smooth; set aside.  If you are using apples, slice the apples then toss with the orange juice in another bowl.
Place a clementine or plum on a serving platter and use toothpicks to secure grapes for eyes and an apple or lemon wedge for a smile.  Attach mint sprigs or toothpicks for antennae if desired.  
Arrange other fruits in a zig-zag pattern to form caterpillar body.  Drizzle caramel topping for legs; spoon almond glaze over fruit.

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