Fruit Skewers

Fruit Skewers are beautiful, healthy and perfect for snacking or entertaining! 

Fruit Skewers are easy to make, make ahead friendly and the always a hit at every birthday, baby/bridal shower, potluck, barbecue and pool party!  They’re sweet and fresh, versatile and can be served fresh, frozen, with fruit dip or with chocolate! 

side view of fruit skewers on a white cutting board

Fruit Skewers

Fruit Skewers are one of my favorite ways to serve and eat fruit. Besides standing statuesque, tasting delicious and being effortlessly healthy, there is something about eating fruit off of a skewer that elevates the fruit to a whole new level as each piece is appreciated one sweet, juicy, morsel at a time.

I also love that you can prepare these fruity kabobs ahead of time – even days ahead of time for effortless snacking or entertaining. They are also customizatable, easy, and freezer friendly.

Here are more reasons to love fruit skewers:

  • you get to delight in a variety of fruit in one serving
  • you can customize the fruit skewers with your favorite fruits
  • OR make skewers just of your favorite fruits – try all blueberries, all strawberries or all watermelon
  • kids love eating fruit off of a skewer AKA a great way to get your kids to eat more fruit instead of chips, cookies, etc.
  • they are fun to make with your kids – and then kids are more excited to eat them
  • you can make the skewers ahead of time and refrigerate them until later
  • you can make the skewers ahead of time and and freeze them for later – this is a great option if fruit is going bad
  • you can serve fruit skewers with yogurt dip or frozen with chocolate drizzle (or just plain)
  • fruit skewers are wonderfully portable for on-the-go snacking
  • they are perfect for parties – everyone just grabs a fruit skewer and mingles
  • they are loved by both kids and adults alike
top view of fancy fruit skewers drizzled with chocolate

What Fruit for Fruit Skewers?

You can essentially make Fruit Skewers out of any fruit! Here are a few ideas:

  • pineapple
  • bananas
  • grapes
  • strawberries
  • watermelon
  • cantaloupe
  • honeydew
  • kiwi
  • raspberries
  • blueberries
  • Mandarin oranges
  • peaches

You can also add cheese, marshmallows, cucumbers, bell peppers, chocolate, etc. and get creative with your fruit kabobs!

side view of rainbow fruit skewers on a white platter

HOW DO YOU MAKE FRUIT SKEWERS?

Fruit Skewers are super simple to make – all you do as thread fruit onto a skewer! Here are a few things to consider:

  • ripe fruit: make sure your fruit is ripe so it is sweet!
  • serving skewers: use plain wooden skewers, metal skewers, decorative skewers or even toothpicks
  • rainbow fruit skewers: selecting a rainbow of fruit colors makes for a beautiful presentation. You will want:
    • red: raspberries and/or strawberries
    • orange: oranges, cantaloupe and/or peaches
    • yellow: pineapple and/or bananas
    • green: grapes, honeydew and/or kiwis
    • blue: blueberries
    • purple: grapes
  • one color fruit skewers: if you’re having a themed party, it can be fun to make skewers of all one color.
  • shaped fruit skewers: you can use a metal cookie cutter to cut some of the fruit (like watermelon, cantaloupe, kiwis) into fun shapes.
  • chill fruit skewers: fruit skewers are best when chilled, so make sure you plan ahead, and allow time to refrigerate for at leas one hour before serving.

What to Serve with Fruit Kabobs?

Fruit Kabobs are delicious all on their own because fruit is stand-alone-delicious! That being said, you can dip your fruit skewers in vanilla yogurt or make your own fruit dip. I love dipping them in my Key Lime Cheesecake Fruit Dip.

How to Serve Fruit Kabobs

If you’re serving Fruit Kabobs at a party or shower, there are a few options:

  • on a platter: line the fruit kabobs on a platter.
  • in a mug/glass: stand the fruit skewers up in a mug, glass or vase.
  • on ice: frozen fruit skewers can get soggy quickly, so you will want to keep them on ice. You an place them directly on ice or line them on a platter and place the platter on ice.

Can I make Fruit Skewers Ahead of Time?

Absolutely! You can assemble the fruit skewers 24 hours ahead of time, lay in a single row on a paper towel lined baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

up close of easy fruit skewers for a baby shower

Frozen Fruit Skewers

Frozen Fruit Skewers are a fun spin in traditional fruit kabobs.

I saw a recipe in a magazine for frozen grape kabobs which got me thinking of what other fruits would be delectable frozen.  I already knew I loved frozen grapes, blueberries and bananas, so I decided to experiment with other fruits.

  • Have you ever tried frozen pineapple?
  • Frozen cantaloupe?
  • Frozen blueberries?
  • Frozen bananas?
  • Frozen watermelon?
  • Frozen grapes?

They taste like candy!  So how about a frozen “candy” fruit skewers?

To make frozen Fruit Kabobs, simply skewer your favorite fruit to create kabobs, then drizzle with chocolate and you have a festive and light summer dessert, refreshing snack, or guiltless indulgence.  

I also love that the frozen fruit skewers keep for weeks so you don’t have to worry about the fruit going bad!

a fruit skewer with chocolate n a white serving plate

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Fresh Fruit Skewers or Frozen Fruit Skewers

Servings: 12 -14 kabobs
Total Time: 30 mins
Prep Time: 30 mins

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Ingredients

Fruit Skewers

  • 1/4 of medium watermelon, chopped
  • 1/2 cantaloupe, chopped
  • 1/2 pineapple, chopped
  • 1 cup grapes
  • 6 oz. blueberries
  • 2-3 firm ripe bananas cut into ½ inch slices

Chocolate Drizzle (for Frozen Fruit Skewers)

  • 4 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate or chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening

Instructions

  • Thread fruit onto skewers, alternating fruit. For fresh fruit skewers, line skewers on a paper towel lined baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until read to serve. Y
  • For frozen fruit skewers: Line kabobs on wax paper. Melt the chocolate in the microwave on low at 30 seconds intervals, stirring in between until melted, being careful not to overheat. After chocolate is melted and still warm, stir in shortening (NOT butter), until smooth. To create a perfect drizzle, add chocolate to a ziploc bag, cut off the corner and squeeze chocolate through opening. ***You can also drizzle the chocolate when you are ready to eat the kabobs - it can be easier to eat and less brittle this way.
  • Freeze kabobs in a single layer on the wax paper for at least 2 hours before serving.
  • When ready to serve, let kabob(s) thaw for a couple minutes but consume WITHIN 10 minutes because they melt/become soggy very quickly.

Notes

TIPS FOR FRUIT SKEWERS:

  • fruit selection: the fruit listed is specifically for frozen fruit skewers.  You can use any fruit for fresh fruit skewers. Feel free to add more or less of the fruit you love, however, I have found strawberries to be too tart frozen.
  • ripe fruit: make sure your fruit is ripe so it is sweet!
  • serving skewers: use plain wooden skewers, metal skewers, decorative skewers or even toothpicks
  • rainbow fruit skewers: selecting a rainbow of fruit colors makes for a beautiful presentation. You will want:
    • red: raspberries and/or strawberries
    • orange: oranges, cantaloupe and/or peaches
    • yellow: pineapple and/or bananas
    • green: grapes, honeydew and/or kiwis
    • blue: blueberries
    • purple: grapes
  • one color fruit skewers: if you're having a themed party, it can be fun to make skewers of all one color.
  • shaped fruit skewers: you can use a metal cookie cutter to cut some of the fruit (like watermelon, cantaloupe, kiwis) into fun shapes.
  • chill fruit skewers: fruit skewers are best when chilled, so make sure you plan ahead, and allow time to refrigerate for at leas one hour before serving.

How to Serve Fruit Skewers

If you're serving Fruit Kabobs at a party or shower, there are a few options:
  • on a platter: line the fruit kabobs on a platter.
  • in a mug/glass: stand the fruit skewers up in a mug, glass or vase.
  • on ice: frozen fruit skewers can get soggy quickly, so you will want to keep them on ice. You an place them directly on ice or line them on a platter and place the platter on ice.

Make Ahead Fruit Skewers

  • Fresh Fruit Skewers:  You can assemble the fresh fruit skewers 24 hours ahead of time, lay in a single row on a paper towel lined baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Frozen Fruit Skewers:  Once kabobs are frozen, you can transfer them to a freezer bag where they will keep for up to 3-4 weeks in the freezer.

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18 Comments

  1. Janelle says

    We love frozen fruit and have made something similar to this but skewed on a toothpick for mini kabobs for my kids. LOVE LOVE LOVE! These look phenomenal!

  2. Inspiring Kitchen says

    This is so good. I freeze a lot of fruit especially in preparation for the winter.

  3. Charity L. says

    Oh my!! Sooo not good! Those look delicious and I am hungry right now:) Will be bookmarking this page so I can come back later. Thanks!

  4. cindy says

    You have so many great (and easy) recipes on your site. I’ve pinned quite a few of them for my following

  5. Chantale says

    I like this … just enough chocolate to satisfy a craving but still healthy. Thanks!

  6. Melissa Smith says

    Oh wow! I’ve had fruit skewers before, but NOTHING like this! I’m so making these for our Labor Day barbecue. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Bonnie @ wemake7 says

    That looks so good right now! I’m definitely trying this very soon.

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much Stefanie!

  8. Angela Kotschwar says

    Fruit at the market last week was pretty poor looking. I settled with just grapes and bananas. The chocolate sauce was so easy and I used the Ziploc bag trick to make the pretty lines like yours. These were stellar, and a big hit with the husband. My little one got through about half because they were so cold. I think I will try the tooth pick versions for him next time. I loved how something so pretty could be so tasty and fairly healthy too! Thanks again for the great recipe!

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome Angela! I love the idea of using toothpicks – super cute and kid friendly! love it when tasty, healthy and pretty unite!

  9. Jane says

    Do you think I could make these ahead for a graduation party??
    How would I prevent the “sogginess” issue? I want them to be able to sit out for a few hours as people come and go from the party.

    Thanks for the help 🙂

    • Jen says

      Hi Jane! You can definitely make them ahead of time but there is no way to prevent the “sogginess” issue as they begin to thaw when they are removed from the freezer. Sorry!

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much for sharing!

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