Looking for how to make a cute bug snack for kids? This is a fun healthy party treat. Build your skewers full of butterflies, ladybugs caterpillars, and beetles for learning about bugs or hosting a Lion King birthday party!
Course Party Ideas
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 20minutes
Total Time 30minutes
Author Kristy Richardson
Wooden Skewers- To hold your bugs together.
Wax Paper- For under the bugs as you decorate with chocolate.
Melon- Honeydew MelonCantaloupe and/or Watermelon
For Decorating And Dip:
Optional Yogurt for dipping (5.3 ounces works great)
Optional Edible flowers- I've used Violas.
Cut the fruit and create your favorite bugs, using the instructions below! Serve with optional yogurt to dip.
Caterpillars (recommended fruit- Blueberries or Grapes)
Place grapes or blueberries on the skewers in groups of five.
Use the melted chocolate from below to make eyes.
Strawberry Ladybugs (recommended fruit- Strawberry and either grape or blueberry)
Slice off the green top of a large strawberry. Cut the strawberry in half for the body and add the pieces to skewers.
Add a grape or blueberry as the head to the skewer. Use the chocolate to place eyes on the head and spots on the body.
To make the legs, place wax paper on a small plate and squeeze some chocolate onto the strawberry continuing off the berry and slightly onto the wax paper. Be sure to make a nice, thick layer and don’t make them too long. Short is easier to manage!
Strawberry Banana Beetle (Recommended fruit- strawberry and banana)
Remove the green top from a small strawberry. Slice the strawberry in half and add the pieces to a skewer. This strawberry is now the insect's head.
Slice a piece of banana into rounds. Use the rounds as the round beetle body next to the strawberry head.
Using your melted chocolate, decorate the banana into wings and add eyes.
Butterflies and Dragonflies- Flying Insects (recommended fruit- melon, blueberries or grape)
Slice melon into a thin rectangular shape for the body.
For the head, use a grape, blueberry (or even melon cut in a small circle.)
Use the blunt end of the skewer to pierce a hole in the side of the melon for the wings.
Place the flower or mint in the hole, and use the sharp side to push in the wing and secure it into place.
Slice an apple into thin slice roughly a quarter-inch thick. Can use a side with or without apple peel. Cut a small v shape out of the bottom center of the fruit.
Use a grape or blueberry for a head, and accent the body with chocolate wings and dots.
How To Melt The Chocolate For Decorating
In a small microwave-friendly bowl add your chocolate and coconut oil.
Melt the mixture in the microwave on medium power in 15-second intervals until melted.
Stir between each interval to prevent the chocolate from getting too hot.
Place the melted chocolate in a ziplock bag and cut a tiny piece off the corner. You will be using this to make the eyes, spots, wings and insect legs. Only snip off a tiny corner to keep it small, you can always snip a little more if you need to.
Once you finish decorating all of your bug snacks, place them temporarily in the refrigerator (or freezer!) for ten minutes at least to harden the chocolate faster. Serve at your party or for a fun snack.
Make one or all five of these different fruit insects! It's your party and it's super easy to stray from these directions and get creative with your bug and insect party snacks!
If you find you are struggling to get thin enough lines of chocolate try dipping a toothpick in the chocolate. Then use the toothpick to draw the decorations with the chocolate, frequently redipping the toothpick in the chocolate as you draw. I've found this is sometimes easier than squeezing the chocolate from the bag.