4th of July fruit kabobs are an easy, fun and festive snack for celebrating the holiday. With different options for your fruit and extras choices and the ability to make ahead and have a few or a lot, these kabobs will be the hit of the party!
So, we are one week away from July 4th. What?!
I feel like I'm just starting to settle into summer and it's already speeding by. Guess I need to hurry up and slow down and find some time for long, lazy days! 😉☀️
And while we normally travel for the 4th (usually to the beach), we are planning to be home this year. I'm excited for a relaxing day, some pool time (they do a bike decorating station and bike parade in the morning at our pool) and maybe finding somewhere to see some fireworks. 🎇
Bring on the festivities! Speaking of, that of course includes food in my world.
I love making some red, white and blue treats for the 4th of July.
The kids get into it, but honestly, so do I!
I remember going to a party in college where we had a red velvet cake that was covered in white icing and decorated with blueberries. It was gorgeous — and delicious — and just kinda elevated the party.
And I do have a healthy blueberry cake that I like to decorate with white icing and sliced strawberries for some dessert fun on the 4th.
(Or for every other day, I like it with some homemade chocolate sauce. Such a good combo!)
But I don't always want to make a whole cake. (Especially when there's all the other cookout fare to prep and make.)
So sometimes I like doing something more simple to capture that same festive, patriotic spirit.
Today, it’s these fun 4th of July fruit kabobs that are perfect for a cookout party or just snacking all day long.
They are easy to customize with your ingredients and with how many you make.
They are perfect for kids and adults. And they’re an easy hand-held party food.
Plus, we all know food on a stick is just fun!
Now, I’ve got some notes and tips coming up for this “recipe.” Just tryin’ to be helpful.
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Notes on July 4th fruit kabobs:
- I’ve got options below on what you can use for your red, white and blue fruit selections. (And a few fun extras to mix in if you like!) Pick your favorites or do different combinations and have a variety of kabobs.
- I used about 6-inch long wooden kabobs. If yours are longer, just add another set of your red, white and blue selections. (However, you will need extra fruit from what's listed below if you want to make a full 12 kabobs).
- Make as many of these as you want. It’s easy to adjust the quantities or you can just make them until you run out of ingredients.
We are happy campers with these all on their own. They’re perfectly sweet, fun and fresh.
However, you could also make a simple yogurt dip to go with these kabobs if you want.
How to make 4th of July fruit kabobs
- Choose your red, white and blue fruits and extras.
- Blueberries and blackberries are great for the blue.
- Strawberries, raspberries and watermelon all work for the red.
- Bananas, angel food cake, pound cake and marshmallows are good options for the white.
- Find some long wooden kabobs to use. (I got mine for free from the butcher at my grocery store, so you could ask there.)
- Thread your fruits and any extras (like the cake or marshmallows) one by one on each of the kabobs, in a red, white and blue order. Make as many as you need.
Tip: make extras - everyone loves these!
You are set!
Plus, it can be fun to mix and match your combinations of red, white and blue fruits to make several different kabobs.
And if you want to make these ahead, you definitely can.
Just be careful if you are using bananas, as they can start to brown after a little while. Keeping them in the fridge helps but still don’t let them sit too long.
The cakes also will soften and can get soggy, but that shouldn't happen for at least a day.
I kept mine on a plate, covered in plastic wrap, in the fridge for 3-4 days and they were still fine for us as leftovers. For serving to others, I’d recommend serving on the same day you make them (or make them the night before at the earliest).
So there you go. A super easy, but fun and festive July 4th dessert or appetizer that’s great for all ages!
Enjoy and hope you have a safe and happy holiday! 🇺🇸
- 12 medium length wooden kabob sticks (approximately 6-8 inches long)
- 12 strawberries, halved lengthwise OR 24 raspberries
- 48 blueberries OR 24 blackberries
- 24 banana slices (about ½ inch thick) OR 24 regular marshmallows OR 24 1-inch chunks of angel food cake OR 24 1-inch chunks of pound cake
- Thread a strawberry half or a raspberry onto the bottom of each kabob. Follow with your choice of white fruit or extra (banana, marshmallow or cake). Next thread on two blueberries or one blackberry. Repeat to the end of the kabob.
- Serve immediately or cover in plastic wrap and store in the fridge until ready to serve (up to 12 hours for best freshness and flavor).
I used about 6-inch long wooden kabobs. If yours are longer, just add another set of fruits (but you’ll need extra fruit if you want to make a full 12 kabobs).
Make as many of these as you want - it’s easy to adjust the quantities or you can just make them until you run out of ingredients.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 50
The nutrition information will vary based on the ingredients you choose.