Fruit Pops – a healthy snack for kids!

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The sun is shining, school is winding down and we’re feeling summer break on the horizon. Summer time means melon time here in Texas and I can’t wait to try these Fruit Pops – a healthy snack for kids!

I can’t remember where I stumbled on the idea of serving fruit like lollipops, but it sure was a hit with the kids! Fruit pops are a cheery and delicious treat that children love, and they are healthy enough to make Mom cheer too. And who knows… you might just convince your picky eater to try a new kind of fruit this way!

Fruit Pops

melon (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, etc)
8″ lollipop sticks

1) Wash the melon and cut 1/2 inch slices, de-seeding if necessary. I did this part myself, but an older child would be able to do it. With melons that had seeds, I used slices that were close to the rind.

Bigger melons will yield more “cuttable” flesh, but both our honeydew and cantaloupe were small and we still managed to get a good bit from them. I did notice that the fresher the watermelon is the better; older watermelon develop internal cracks and fall apart more easily.

MelonCollage2) Lay the slices on a cutting board and let the kids go to work with the cookie cutters. We found small to medium sized shapes the easiest to work with.

At first we tried cutting some watermelon with a large shape, and cutting out a smaller hole from the center of it with a different cookie cutter. Then we used the same small cookie cutter to cut out a piece from a cantaloupe, and inserted the cantaloupe shape into the cutout area of the watermelon. It was absolutely adorable (actual squeals came from the daughter!), but completely unable to hold itself together on the lollipop stick. I think that level of fancy is more of a mom project than a kid project. But maybe you can figure it out (please leave a comment if you do!)

In the end our kids had the most success with the smaller shapes.

heartstar3) Once your shapes are cut, it’s time to insert the lollipop sticks. If the melon flesh is resistant to the stick, you may want to use a wooden skewer to start the hole. Then carefully insert the lollipop sticks into the bottom of the fruit pieces.

skewerlollipopstick4) Serve your fruit pops immediately. Over time the sticks absorb the juices from the melon, and wilt! Then you have fruit sliding off all over the place. Ask me how I know.

shapes

We hope you’ll enjoy this colorful, delicious and nutritious summer snack. We’d love to hear what shapes you make!

Patti & The Build A Menu Gals

Fruit Pops {healthy snacks for kids}
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Recipe type: Cooking With Kids
 
Cute fruit shapes on lollipop sticks inspire kids to enjoy a healthy treat
Ingredients
  • melon (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, etc)
  • 8 " lollipop sticks
Instructions
  1. Prepare large ½ inch thick slices of melon. Fresher and larger melons yield the most cuttable flesh.
  2. Lay the melon slices on a cutting board and cut into shapes with cookie cutters.
  3. Insert the lollipop sticks into fruit shapes. If the melon flesh is resistant to the stick, you can use a wooden skewer to start the hole.
  4. Serve your fruit pops immediately. Over time the sticks absorb the juices from the melon, and wilt! Then you have fruit sliding off all over the place.

 

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» Sandy said: { May 21, 2013 - 08:05:21 }

Those are adorable! My girls will love making those!

» Patti Brown said: { May 21, 2013 - 01:05:56 }

We had a lot of fun… I think they’d be great for a tea party!



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