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Are you looking for a new and innovative way to create the perfect lunch for your child? These delicious and colorful PB and J Caterpillars are a perfect way to brighten your child’s day. It is simple, easy, and loads of fun to make at home. As the holiday break comes to a close, parents begin to think of creative lunch ideas for their children to bring to school. Our family especially loves PB and J sandwiches. It has been my and my husband’s favorite sandwich our entire lives. I remember watching a preschool video that taught me how to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I would then make the sandwiches for everyone in my family as I was so proud of the skills I learned.
We always make our PB and J sandwiches with Jif and Smucker’s. Jif Creamy Peanut Butter is our favorite paired with Smucker’s Seedless Strawberry Jam. Smucker’s has the perfect touch of sweetness because it is made with real fruit, and Jif’s smooth and creamy texture has that comforting taste of freshly roasted peanuts. Smucker’s Seedless Strawberry Jam has an unforgettable, velvety texture that is so ideal for spreading on bread. Both Jif and Smucker’s have that great taste kids will love and it is a taste I have adored since my childhood. I always save a little spoonful of Jif and Smucker’s for after I am done making the sandwiches. It is irresistibly satisfying!
I found both Jif and Smucker’s products in aisle 14 of my local ShopRite. After my purchase, I came home and thought of a brand new recipe that my daughter will fall in love with as a new school lunch. Her school’s curriculum focuses on the farm animals and the outdoors, so I wanted to incorporate a way she could connect what she learns at school to her school lunch. Extending past the ‘traditional sandwich’, I created PB and J Caterpillars made with fresh fruit.
This recipe is such a blast to make and your kids can join in on the fun as well. It takes less than 15 minutes prepare. Have fun by choosing your favorite fruit and you can even incorporate cubes of yellow and white cheese. For these, I used strawberries, pineapple, mandarin oranges, blueberries, banana slices, and grapes. You can mix it up with different shapes, colors, and textures for even more variety, choosing fruit that is in season. I used standard kebab skewers, cut them in half to create six-inch skewers. I also used standard toothpicks, cut into three pieces each, for the ‘antennas’.
Please note, depending how old your child is, I understand that you would rather not use skewers/have them be brought to school. Instead, you can arrange the fruit tightly together in a plastic container and place pretzels or raisins on the sides to resemble the ground. As an alternative to the toothpicks, place two small dabs of peanut butter on the sliced banana to place the blueberries, and have the blueberries resemble eyes instead of antennas.
Allow 15-20 minutes for prep work and assembling.
- 8 slices Oat Grain Bread
- Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
- Smucker’s® Seedless Strawberry Jam
- 4 Blueberries
- 2 strawberries, top removed
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1 mandarin orange, peeled and divided
- 2 seedless red grapes, cut in half
- 2 pineapple chunks
- Cut 2 inch diameter circle in each bread slice
- Spread 1 tsp Jif Creamy Peanut Butter and 1 tsp Smucker's Seedless Strawberry Jam on each circle, sandwich together
- Skewer 2 circle sandwiches tightly together on each skewer
- Arrange fruit: mandarin orange, pineapple, then strawberry last for the 'tail'
- Skewer banana slice then grape half for the 'face'
- Place mini toothpicks carefully in banana slice, top with one blueberry per toothpick
- Gently pack each 'caterpillar' in a sealable container with one to two snacks and a drink.
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