Great party food :: Fruit Kebabs / Kebobs / Skewers

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These kebabs are one of the most impressive looking treats you can create for a party. Not just for kids either! I was given the ‘fruit platter’ roster for the big family Christmas get togetehr and I presented these instead of a traditional fruit platter…. there were many oooohs and ahhhhs!


I have done them ‘rainbow’ style and followed the same pattern for each stick, but you could just mix them up differently for each stick OR put all the same fruit on one stick which looks really effective.

If you want to make them even more of a treat, add the odd marshmallow along the stick. I’ve seen them done with drizzled chocolate but I don’t think it’s necessary.

What you’ll need for 30 fruit kebabs:

  • bamboo skewers (your supermarket should have them)
  • red and green seedless grapes
  • 1 seedless watermelon
  • 2 honeydew melons
  • 2 rockmelons / canteloupes
  • 1 pineapple (don’t be tempted to use tinned pineapple because it is too thin and too soft). I get my greengrocer to slice off the hard spiky outer including all the little eyes (or divots). If you want to do it yourself, follow these instructions.

Soak the skewers in water for 10 minutes. This will ensure none of the wood splinters off as you are threading the fruit on.

Cut up your fruit into nice big chunks. You know when you visit a gorgeous cafe and order a fruit salad these days – the fruit is in much bigger chunks that that old retro fruit salad we used to have. Cut the chunks like that. The whole thing looks much more impressive.

Keep each batch of fruit in it’s own pile, lined up in preparation for your threading production line.


I suggest starting with a red grape (leaving space under it for fingers to hold the skewer) and finishing with a green one – that makes the kebabs look more finished – sort of like buttons on either end. Then put the fruit on in any order you like. You can go in colour or go for contrast.. just go for it!

Pile them on a square or rectangular plate into a pyramid. You might like to do 2 layers of 7, then a layer of 6, then 5 etc.. that makes 31.

A tip :: When kids start to eat them, show them how to hold the skewer up to their mouth like a corn of cob, rather than sticking the pointy bit in their mouths. They can slide each piece of fruit off with their teeth.

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