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Sep 28, 2012 06:17 AM

Kid Friendly Fruit Kabobs w/o Skewers?

Hello All....

I'm having a birthday party for my 4 year old. In addition to the regular hotdogs, hamburgers & cake, I'd like to serve fruit kabobs... I'm afraid that the skewers holding the fruit together maybe a choking hazard for the kids. Does anybody know of an alternative that I could use to hold the fruit together. Somebody had suggested coffee stirrers?

Thanks in advance for your help!


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  1. Gawd coffee stirrers are no better!

    Have you heard of Pocky sticks? They're a very thin cookie candy, not too sweet, rather like grissini. I find them in the Asian foods aisle of my local store. One end is typically dipped in chocolate. If you're careful, these should work beautifully.

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    1. re: pinehurst

      I think pocky sticks will break because of the juice from the fruit, and also the weight. I thought of pretzel sticks, but you'll have the same problem with those. But you can serve bite-sized pieces of mixed fruit in small disposable clear plastic glasses.

    2. Right...I was thinking it would depend on the fruit, and if they'd be immediately consumed. I would use bananas and raspberries as the most user-friendly fruits....the chocolate/vanilla dip will act as a moisture shield on half the stick, and I'd serve immediately, not overloading the stick.

      Of course, little hands can also pick up and grab strawberries, banana slices, grapes, etc, too in the cups described.

      Orrr...If you wanted to get all fancy, you could put the fruit in mini ice cream cones or make "cups" out of thin rounds of sugar cookie dough pressed in a mini muffin tin.

      1. I'm not sure if this still wouldn't be a safety concern at that age, but popsicle sticks?

        1. Thank you for all the suggestions.... I think popsicle stick will be the best solution!!!!

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          1. re: kcghee

            recently saw frozen chocolate-covered kiwi slices on popsicle sticks and boy that looked yummy. it was dark chocolate, so more for adults, but no reason you can't do something similar for kids, like with bananas. could even be frozen and made a few days ahead.

          2. I have a 3 and a 5 year old and don't think the skewers would be a problem. Except maybe to some parents.

            But from personal experience, I don't think kids that age prefer them to say, a big pile of fruit they have easy access to. They look pretty sure but will result in a lot of waste. I blame this trend on bloggers and pinners. Usually each kid will eat a lot of X and be happy about it rather than want to sample a lot of things and usually the quantities will work out. Older kids are more likely to enjoy the variety/color of skewered fruit. Another option is to make fruit-specific skewers.

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            1. re: JudiAU

              Completely agree on fruit-specific skewers. If a skewer has, let's say, strawberries, canteloupe, honeydew and grapes, my son would eat the strawberries and grapes and ditch the canteloupe and honeydew.

              It sounds like a nice idea, but a fair amount of work, and it's kind of wasted on 4 year olds.