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Penguin Snacks

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In honor of our Humboldt Penguin Pen Pals at the Akron Zoo, let’s make some fun snacks that look like just them!

Pick from Titi, Rocky, Guapo, Gabriella, Pez, Pedro, Mouse, Armando, Schnitzel, Franz, Anadeo and Rico, or make one of each!  (Read all about these special penguins and their unique personalities on the Akron Zoo website here:  Or one of their new babies:

Create your own adorable (and delicious!) group of penguins.  A group of penguins in the water is known as a “raft,” while a group of penguins on land is known as a “colony,” “rookery,” or “waddle.”

I much prefer waddle, don’t you?

This food is easy enough for everyone (including children, teens, and adults like me who don’t like to cook) to make.  With olives and carrots, it’s also a fairly healthy treat.  And they taste pretty good, too.  Especially if you include bacon.

Supplies Needed:

  • Large pitted whole black olives
  • Pearl mozzarella balls
  • Sliced raw carrots
  • Toothpicks
  • Ham or bacon (optional)


1. Prepare and wash the carrots and olives.

2. Slice the carrots, then cut a small triangle out of the carrot slice (for the feet). Save the triangle for later.

3. Carefully cut a slit into one side of the olive.

4. Place one mozzarella pearl inside the cut olive.

5. Place the filled olive on top of the carrot feet.

6. Pierce the olive and carrot with a toothpick.

7. Wrap a thin strip of ham or bacon around the toothpick, atop the body (for a scarf).

8. Slide an empty olive horizontal onto the toothpick, with the hole facing out (for the head), until it touches the filled olive and the bacon.

9. Stick the triangle cut from the carrot into the hole of the olive (for the beak).

Enjoy your Waddle!


Kelly is a librarian at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. As the Adult Programming Specialist, her focus is bringing adults the library programs they love.  (Kids can’t have ALL the fun!).  She reads strictly nonfiction and picture books.  She believes that anything you could ever need or want is located somewhere in the library.  Including friends.