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Tropical Princess Wands

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I’m kind of on a fruit wand kick lately. They’re easy to make, healthy, and add so much fun color to a kid’s party. And they’re a hit with kids because it’s yummy fruit!

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The possibilities are endless. Here are rainbow wands I made for my one year old’s birthday party.

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These are a fun Fourth of July variation on the fruit wand theme.

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But back to our princesses wands. These wands are really easy – you just need a melon baller, which is one of those kitchen tools that I thought was silly and used only by 1950’s housewives. However, if you ever plan on balling melon, you need to bite the bullet and buy one.

princess fruit wandsIf you’ve never used a melon baller before, it’s a piece of cake. The only trick is that you need to apply pressure when you press the baller into the melon and twist. If you press firmly, you’re more likely to get a nice round ball.

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Since I was only make a few wands, I bought melon wedges from the produce department. You’ll need some watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew. Cut your cantaloupe and honeydew in half and scoop out the seeds.

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Now, grab your melon baller and go to town. Apply firm pressure and you twist. I used the bigger side for the bigger girl wands and the smaller side for a few mini princess wands (see picture below).

princess fruit wands

Get a pineapple and cut about 1/2″-3/4″ thick slices. Using a metal cookie cutter (I used a star), cut out the fruit. If you have a really small circle, heart, or star shape, it’d be cute to replace the pineapple core with a piece of watermelon. Just be sure the skewer goes through the inset fruit to keep it in place.

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Thread the pineapple topper followed by about 5 melon balls (or 3 mini melon balls on tiny skewers) in whatever order you prefer. I found that the dense honeydew needed to go on last (at the bottom of the skewer) to keep the other melon balls in place. Watermelon and cantaloupe tended to slide down for some reason.

Lay them on a tray or put them in mason jars.

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Yield: 10 wands

Prep Time: about 20 minutes

Princess Fruit Wands

Colorful, delicious, and healthy - perfect for your little princess.

Ingredients:

1 pineapple, sliced in 1/2-3/4" horizontal slices

1/2 honeydew melon, seeds removed

1/2 cantaloupe, seeds removed

1/2 watermelon (seedless variety)

Directions:

1. Ball the melons with the large side of the baller for bigger wands or the smaller side for baby wands.

2. Using a star shaped cookie cutter, cut through the pineapple slices. If you have a very small heart shape cutter, remove the middle core and replace with with a heart-shaped piece of watermelon. Note that you will need more watermelon that the recipe calls for if you do this extra step.

3. Thread the skewer through the pineapple (be sure to "catch" the heart shape if you replaced the pineapple core with watermelon), followed by the melon balls in whatever order you like. End with a honeydew melon to keep the melon balls in place.

tropical fruit wands

   

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