In the beginning, celery was a bitter green called smallage, valued only for its seeds and leaves, which were used as seasoning. Peanut butter, bacon, and banana sandwiches were his go-to (hence the name), and we promise after you try it, it might be your new go-to as well. Weinraub, The Food Timeline, and (implicitly) The Oxford Companion To American Food And Drink all conclude that the inventor of Ants on a Log has been lost to the mists of history. “Ants on a log on fire at both ends change position, but gain nothing until they abandon the log.” It was used quite a bit in the early 20th century as an expression of futility. Alas. What are peanut butter and raisins but a kid-friendly version of cream cheese and olives (also known, by the way, as Ticks on a Stick)? Tried this tonight. Andrea Boldt earned her nutrition credentials from the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver, Colorado. Does Putting Ranch on Celery Negate the Health Benefits? Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Print Pin Rate. Cream cheese was a favorite, but enterprising cookbook writers also suggested chicken salad and ham salad and canned salmon mixed with mayonnaise. To a modern eye, it looks like any other tall, decorative glass, perhaps one that would be good for serving an ice cream sundae. (According to Wikipedia, this variation is known as Ants on Vacation.) The celery made an excellent peanut butter delivery system. 2 tbsp Peanut butter 2 stalks, large (11 inches long) Celery Nutrition 209.0 calories 10.7 grams carbs 16.2 grams fat 8.6 grams protein 4.6 grams fiber 0 mg cholesterol 2.5 grams saturated fat 107.8 mg sodium 4.4 grams sugar 0 grams trans fat Keep in mind that, while the fiber in celery is linked to weight loss, celery alone won't be as satiating as celery and peanut butter. Swap in the celery, and you get only 10 calories and zero carbs. Food historian Andrew Smith writes in The Oxford Companion For American Food And Drink that “celery stalks were used for a variety of culinary purposes: fried or stewed and sauced and served as a vegetable, added to soups and sauces (the latter used especially for turkey and other fowl), and immersed in seasoned vinegar for pickles.”, Early in the 19th century, a new tableware fad emerged: the celery glass. Stuffed celery should always be garnished with olives or capers. Remember peanut butter smeared into the inner rib of a stalk of celery garnished with raisins? It’s also a basic food preparation (cooking badge!) 1 Comment. CAMERON Z says: December 28, 2019 at 10:29 pm From then on, the sky was the limit! In 1904, peanut butter was introduced to the wider public at the World’s Fair in St. Louis. Popcorn, cheese dips, and the other night, ants on a log have been some of the foods the family has shared.” (This is an achievement: Anne Marie had recently been promoted from frosting cookies.)