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“Bug Bites” are kid-friendly and the perfect option for creating tasty and creative food art for the back to school season. These little bug bites would also be perfect for an upcoming Halloween party.



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  • 6 oz goat cheese​
  • 2 tablespoons crème fraîche​
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice​
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil plus more for bread​
  • 1/2 French baguette, sliced thin​
  • 1 cup California Black Ripe Olives​
  • Salt and pepper​
  • 1 teaspoon of Sweet Heat Maple Syrup plus more for drizzle (optional)​


  1. Combine goat cheese, crème fraîche, lemon juice, Sweet Heat Maple Syrup and 1 teaspoon olive oil in a food processor. Whip for 1 minute until smooth.
  2. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.
  3. Brush both sides of the bread slices lightly with olive oil. Toast until the bread slices lightly with olive oil. Toast until the bread is just golden brown. Divide whipped goat cheese evenly among bread slices.
  4. To make bugs, cut the olives in half lengthwise. Place one half of the olive cut side down on top of the whipped goat cheese. Cut the other half of the olive into slices vertically. Position olive slices around halved olive to form the legs of the spiders, beetles or other bugs. Repeat to create the remaining bugs.
  5. Salt and pepper over crostini, to taste. Add another drizzle of Sweet Heat Maple Syrup on top (optional). Serve immediately.

Recipe graciously adapted from:



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