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Friday, June 8, 2012

Sandy Fruit Kebabs | Family Economics

By Erin

sandy fruit kebabs

My two littlest went gaga over these sandy fruit kebabs.

First, confusion. Then, intrigue. Then, wonder. Then, they ate it all up!

They left nothing. Not a single crumb.

Then their big brother came home from school, totally disappointed that he didn’t get in on these sandy fruit kebabs. I showed him the pictures and he had the same reactions as the little brothers.

Confusion – “Mom, is that real sand?” (He missed the grinding of the graham crackers!)

Intrigue – “Mom, they really look like they have sand on them.”

Wonder – “Mom, that’s so cool how the ‘water’ meets the sand.”

And then I gave him some of the extra fruit I’d cut up to make them. And he ate that all up!

Hope you and your little ones enjoy this fun summer snack!


1 box blue Jello
Serving platter
4-6 cinnamon graham crackers
Fruit for the kebabs – any will work
Drink umbrellas, optional
Gummy orange slices, optional


Prep the Jello as directed on the box and pour into the serving platter. Carefully place in the fridge and chill for 4 hours. (I did this after the kids went to bed, to minimize the spillage factor from them touching it while it was setting.)

Once the Jello has set, grind up the graham crackers in the blender. (You could also use graham cracker crumbs, but I liked the consistency of grinding them myself. I also recommend using the cinnamon variety, for darker color and better flavor.)

Spread the “sand” over part of the Jello. Make the kebabs and rest them in the sand.

If you wish to add the umbrellas, anchor them into a gummy orange slice to keep them upright. Large pieces of cantaloupe could hold them up as well.

What other fun snacks do you and your kids make during the summer months?

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On Friday, June 22, 2012, Jessi @ Quirky Cookery wrote

I agree with Wonder....I love how the sand meets the water and it brings the whole plate together. <3

On Monday, June 11, 2012, Judith Ann from Cape Cod wrote

I live on Cape Cod, so I know this will be a big hit with my little nieces and nephews -- and I like that it's healthy, too. Thanks, Cathe; you always have the best ideas!

On Saturday, June 9, 2012, Stephanie from KS wrote

Very cute idea! :)


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