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Fun With Fruit

Fruit bouquets are a great way to explore the tastes of the season. Kids will love eating their creations as much as they enjoy making them! All you’ll need are bamboo skewers, a variety of fruits and a solution of one cup water mixed with the juice of one lemon.

Wash the fruit and dry thoroughly; remove any unwanted stems, leaves or peel. When cutting the fruit, brush each piece with the lemon solution. Here are a few of our suggestions, but let your creative juices flow!

grapes – Skewer six to eight grapes close to each other. Kids can add color by alternating with different types of grapes.

pineapple flowers - Peel and cut a pineapple into half-inch slices around the core. Use cookie cutters to cut fruit into flowers or circles. Place the shapes horizontally on top of the skewers leaving room at the tip. Place a grape, strawberry or melon ball on the tip of the skewer.

star fruit – Cut star fruit crosswise into quarter-inch slices. Place the stars vertically on the skewers.

strawberry “blossoms” – Skewer whole strawberries with the tips facing the very top of the skewer. For the look of white roses, try dipping in melted white chocolate after skewering.

Try different shapes and sizes with other fruit such as kiwifruit, watermelon or cantaloupe.

For a fun way to display and share your finished bouquet, cut a small watermelon, honeydew or cantaloupe in half. Cut a decorative edge and a slice off the bottom to steady the melon before placing on plate. Poke threaded skewers into the melon to secure. Serve with your favorite fruit dip.

Also, try making a vegetable bouquet and serve with ranch dip. You may be surprised how many vegetables kids will try when they’re having fun.

Note: We suggest using bamboo skewers for the fruit bouquets under parental supervision. For very young children, we recommend using popsicle sticks.

 
Easy Fruit Dips

8 ounces softened Neufchâtel cheese mixed with 1 cup marshmallow creme

8 ounces softened Neufchâtel cheese mixed with one 6-ounce container vanilla yogurt and 2 tablespoons honey

1 (6-ounce) package regular instant pudding mix blended with 1 (12-ounce) container thawed whipped topping

Warmed chocolate-hazelnut spread

Stir-ins

  • Apricot preserves
  • Cinnamon
  • Drained crushed pineapple
  • Granola
  • Orange or lemon zest
  • Toasted coconut
  • Vanilla, almond or orange extract