Simon the Centipede

8-oz. container frozen whipped topping, thawed
½ to 1 t. green food coloring
36 Vanilla Wafers
1 banana, peeled and cut into 36 slices
Candy-coated chocolate mini-baking bits
Cherry-flavored chewy fruit roll
Pull-and peel red candy ropes, separated into strands and divided
6 spaghetti noodles, uncooked and broken in half
18 chocolate sandwich cookies, crumbled

Place whipped topping in a medium bowl; gently fold in food coloring.
Place one teaspoon whipped topping on the flat side of one vanilla wafer; top with a banana slice. Repeat with remaining whipped topping, vanilla wafers and banana slices. You’ll have 36 stacks.
Put 6 stacks together in a row to make a log. Curve log slightly, if you’d like. Repeat with remaining stacks. Spread remaining whipped topping over each log. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 8 hours.
Attach chocolate baking bits to logs to resemble eyes and spots. Cut fruit roll into small pieces and attach to logs to resemble mouths. To make the antennae and legs: Cut red candy ropes into 12 (7-inch) segments. Tie a loose knot in one candy rope, close to end. Insert the tip of one spaghetti noodle into the knot and carefully tighten. Starting at the knot, wind the candy rope around the spaghetti, pressing gently as you go so that the candy will stick to the spaghetti. Break the spaghetti off about an inch below the rope. Repeat with the remaining 11 segments of red candy ropes and spaghetti. Insert into the logs just above the eyes to resemble antennae. Cut remaining red candy ropes into 6 dozen (1-inch) segments and stick them into sides of logs to resemble legs. Serve on a bed of crumbled sandwich cookies.


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