When Nestlé invited me to join in with their latest fun blogger challenge, I couldn't help but laugh at their introduction : "If you spend a lot of time trying to coax a caterpillar out of your little one's mouth after they’ve been left to their own devices in the garden, you’re not alone. According to new research by Nestlé Cereals, 47% of children have munched on a creepy crawly from the garden, but over two thirds refuse to eat their greens." Ewww ! To launch the challenge, they got together with food artist Prudence Staite, to create this huge sculpture of a caterpillar using Nestlé cereals !
They also sent us through some cereal and a crafts kit and invited us to create our own bug, albeit on a smaller scale !
We decided to reuse the technique we mastered when we made our cereal ice creams and Frankenstein's monsters last year so Pierre got to work breaking up some white chocolate into a bowl.
We also added some marshmallows and a knob of butter before melting it in the microwave then stirring in lots of Cheerios.
The first thing we decided to make was a butterfly so we moulded the Cheerios into a long body and round head shape.
We decided to add some black food colouring to the remaining Cheerios and mould them into a spider shape.
Off to the fridge to chill and set.
Time to get on with creating the butterfly wings. The cardboard from the cereal box would have been perfect but we still had over half a box full of cereal in it so I used some card from the crafts box. Mix in some crafts glue and lots of feathers, stickers and sparkly bits and we soon had some very colourful wings.
All that was left to do was add some pipecleaner legs to the spider and some pompom eyes.
One very colourful feathered butterfly (I wonder if it's a peacock !).
And one not-so-scary spider !
Pierre was very impressed with his handiwork.
But slightly apprehensive of the spider!
Can we eat them now, Mum ?!
He's so well-trained, he even tidies up afterwards !!
These were actually very tasty and they're fairly healthy too (despite the chocolate and marshmallows !) because all Nestlé Cereals with the green banner (which, as you can see in the top picture, is all of the ones we had) contain at least five vitamins and minerals and are made from whole grain. Definitely healthier and tastier than eating real bugs too !
Disclosure : This is my entry in the Nestlé Cereals creepy crawly challenge. We received a selection of Nestlé cereals and a crafts kit in order to take part.