Edible Toys: Olive Penguins
Yesterday we had a little party for our daughter who was turning five years old. She looks forward to her birthday party all year long, so I try to make it special. As I was searching for ideas for food, I remembered some cute olive penguins we had been served at a party last year. Joel found a picture of them on his phone and I recreated them.
They were so fun! I actually made double to take to a going away party of some friends later in the day. Every time I saw them, I just had to laugh because they are so funny! I can’t believe that food can look so……..bird like!
Anyways, I thought I’d share the recipe with you all, as they are just too much fun to keep to myself.
- 1 can of jumbo or large black olives
1 can of small black olives
1/4 to 1/3 pound of soft cheese, such as fromage blanc (I used goat fromage blanc), or cream cheese (what was served to us originally).
1 medium carrot, peeled and sliced into rounds
For the feet: Cut a triangle out of the carrot rounds, like so.
The big piece will be the feet. Take the small piece and cut into small slivers for the beak of the penguin.
Next take a large olive and cut a quarter inch wedge from it. See picture.
Now stuff olive with soft cheese and smooth out.
Now take your carrot feet and place the cheese filled olive on top, then place a small olive on top of the large olive. Use a toothpick to secure.
Poke a small hole in the middle of the small olive and then place a carrot beak in the hole. Done!
I recommend that you make a few, and then start an assembly line. Make ten or so feet. Then ten or so stuffed olives, then make ten penguins, instead of making them on at a time.
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These are insanely cute and make me think of my Grandmother. She is so creative and always found ways to make things special for her family and guests. I think these little tuxedo’d dudes would tempt even my olive-hating 11 year old! : )
That is the cutest thing I have ever seen. I might make those as decorations for my sons bday party (not sure how many kids will eat the olives but maybe the mommys will!)
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Wardeh @ GNOWFGLINS
How cute are those?! Happy 5th birthday to your daughter!
We made these exact same ones for dd’s holiday party last year!
My son’s birthday is just coming up! Perfect.
These are adorable. What a special birthday treat!
Fantastic idea, my four year old was so excited he wanted to make them right away. He loves olives to begin with. We made them with hummus–so they are dairy free.
So much fun!!!!!!!
I love these! My daughters are crazy for olives, I think I might have to make them for their birthday in March…..
Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
Oh my those are adorable! I am going to have to save this recipe to share with my little love. SO cute and creative. Thanks for sharing.
6512 and growing
Insanely cute. I hope your daughter loved them.
My 6 year old loves penguins right now, he sleeps w/ a stuffed one. I’ll have to make these w/ him. He also loves to be in the kitchen. thanks
Do you have any recommendations for what to use for the white filling if you can’t have any type of cow or goat cheese? Love these!
Someone in an earlier comment mentioned trying it with hummus. I can see hummus working if it was thick enough.
Another thought, using a white bean hummus would be a better color for this project.
Nikki @ Christian Mommy Blogger
Those are adorable! I will have to keep this in mind for birthday parties (I will “pin” it…just got started on Pinterest :))
I made these once, too. And they were as big a hit as yours were!
One tip: put the softened cream cheese in a ziploc bag, then pipe it into the olive for the tummy. I found it faster than spreading just the right amount with a knife. It might puff out a bit, but it added to the charm.
Great tip Jessa!
Lisa @ Real Food Digest
Those are so cute!!
If you have other similar ideas for kid friendly creative food, please share!
France @ Beyond The Peel
Jessica @ Delicious Obsessions
I love this idea! Thanks for sharing. Those penguins are SOOOOOOO cute!
Oh my gosh, these are soooo cute! Good job momma! :o) Thank you for sharing!
I don’t personally like black olives but I’m going to a friend’s birthday party this weekend and need to take an appetizer. She collects penguins so these will be perfect!
Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes
Those are the most adorable things ever! What a great idea, and would definitely help little kids eat all that healthy stuff! Love it!
so it was you who made those! They were SO cute!
These are the most darlings things EVER. Brought a smile to my face.
So cute! I hope your daughter had a wonderful 5th birthday. My little girl just turned 5 in July. 🙂
I can’t wait to try these! Missed em for my daughter’s 5th in August but my niece has a Bday in March she will be 4 and LOVES olives and carrots so this is going to be perfect! Saving this one!! Thanks for sharing!
THOSE ARE ADORABLE!!! Thanks for sharing, I am so going to make those. Simple and cute, and not so bad for you! (Way better than cake pops)! 🙂
Adrienne @ Whole New Mom
I LOVE these – and penguins are like our family’s, er – unofficial mascot. Now, the only issue is that my oldest is deathly allergic to dairy so I’ll have to try to make my almond feta for him. Yippee! I’m going to do this. I’ve seen similar recipes, but this one is the best. Thanks, Kimi!
I loved this idea, but my daughter is very allergic to milk. Instead of cream cheese for the center, I jelled some cauliflower puree and it worked perfectly.
I put 2 T of fish gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water, let it set a few minutes, then added 1/4 boiling water to dissolve. This I added to 2 cups warm steamed cauliflower and blended it in the food processor until it was like cream of rice cereal. I Put it into a large zip-lock bag and chilled overnight (because I couldn’t get back to the project that day!) Then I snipped a tiny hole in the bag and piped it in like frosting. They were a total hit!
How funny!! I love it! My girls are wanting to do that now too!! 😉
Tiffany @ The Coconut Mama
Hi Kimi. I just wanted to tell you that these are the most darling little penguin appetizers! Your so creative! I shared this recipe on my weekly roundup called Health & Wellness Friday. http://thecoconutmama.com/2011/10/health-wellness-friday-october-13-2011/
Those are so darn cute! My kids love olives as a snack, and they love penguins. I will definitely be making these soon. Thanks!
My sister in-law loves olives stuffed with cream cheese. I can’t wait to make some of these and take them to her house for Thanksgiving. She will LOVE them!