Hello there, old friend.
When you were a kid, did you often find yourself with peanut butter slathered on something and handed to you? A bagel? A pretzel? A spoon? Finally, someone figured out that peanut butter needed an appropriate vehicle to get all that goodness from the table to your mouth without someone ended up in your hair, on the chair, and on your little brother's shirt.
My unscientific research tells me that Ants on a Log came into being when a mom needed her kiddo to for Pete's sake eat something! Every parent knows that a way to a kid's tummy is by making food seem exciting. X-ray Vision Carrots, anyone? Be honest, would you rather eat peanut butter on a celery stick with a few raisins or Ants on a Log? I thought so.
Who can be credited with creating such a simple, timeless recipe? Believe it or not, it's the Girl Scouts, whose cookbooks feature "stuffed celery" recipes dating back to the 1940s. Sadly, they don't take credit for the snazzy name.
Before peanut butter came into fashion, celery was stuffed with just about anything else you could serve with a spreader and plated as an appetizer. Cream cheese, soft cheese, and mayonnaise salads all took their place atop the noble vegetable. Those spreads got a hit of spice from curry powders and paprika.
These days, folks have generally moved on from stuffed celery to serving it alongside dips. In its place, pastry shells, jalapenos, mushroom caps, and grape tomatoes have lined up to be filled with creamy goodness of every variety. However, when it comes to peanut butter, unless you're hollowing out a chocolate bar, we'll take celery as our vehicle every time.
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