Sarsaparilla the Shimmying Snake appeared in the story "The Golden Banana" from the Jim Henson's Muppet Stories volume Busy Day, Sleepy Night. At the Entertainer of the Year Awards, head judge Statler announces that the prize goes to Sarsaparilla, who is so surprised she almost forgets to go up and accept.
Fozzie Bear, who had fully expected to win, is briefly taken aback, but he feels Sarsaparilla really does have a fine act. He congratulates his friend, who had worked hard all year, on being the best shimmy-er in the business. Sarsaparilla thanks him graciously but sibiliantly (stressing the letter S, as one would expect from a snake).