I’m not native to New England, but after eight years here in western Massachusetts, I’m starting to forget that I’m not from here. Summer is one of our times to shine here, and since this will go down in history as the shortest summer EVER (thanks a lot, winter snow days), we are trying to make the most of it. This weekend, we’re headed to Cape Cod for a few days in Truro. Next month, we have trips, parties, conventions, road trips, galore! I can barely keep up with it. We’re throwing Scarlet’s birthday party in a couple of weeks, and I’ve been gathering summertime party snack recipes that I’d love to make.
1 – My mother-in-law! We are all cheese lovers in this house and one day she was hungry but in a hurry at our house, and I watched her make a “sandwich” out of cheddar cheese and apples. I thought, “Well, how cool is that? She inspired me!”
2 – Big Y. That’s one of the greatest parts of living where I do – we have access to a wonderful grocery store. I knew that if I was thinking about fruit and cheese party snacks, all I had to do was head to Big Y and instantly get inspired by the vibrant produce selection and the Heluva Good! ® Cheese. Found in the refrigerated block cheese section, I picked up three varieties: Heluva Good! Jalapeño Jack, Heluva Good! Colby Jack, and Heluva Good! Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese.
I love making creative and fun recipes, that are also visually appealing. I’m in the “never too much color” camp of recipe creation, and luckily there are so many seasonal and vibrant choices right now. I grew up on rainbow everything, and I love rainbow food. I was happy that Big Y had everything I needed to pull this off. You can read in my special notes in my recipe about different fruits you can choose for this recipe. I also think you could use Heluva Good! Cheese for a rainbow vegetable kabob recipe too! In fact, I’ll be doing that quite soon! The sources of inspiration are numerous, aren’t they?
Heluva Good! Cheese has a held a reputation for quality and taste for more than 85 years, and fits into our lifestyle, while fueling our snack goals. This cheese makes snacking fun, meal time delicious, and party planning easier! It’s perfect for any occasion – from simple snacking to entertaining with loved ones. I hope you enjoy my summer recipe as much as we do!
- 20 bamboo or other skewers
- 1-2 blocks Heluva Good! Colby Jack 8 oz. cubed
- 20 strawberries, hulled
- 20 mandarin oranges
- 20 pineapple chunks
- 20 honeydew melon chunks
- 20 blueberries
- 20 blackberries
- For the dipping sauce:
- 2 cups Greek yogurt (I chose vanilla)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1. In a medium bowl, stir yogurt, honey and cinnamon. Chill and set aside.
- 2. Cut the fruit that still needs to be cut.
- 3. Add a cube of cheese to the skewer.
- 4. Add the strawberry to the skewer.
- 5. Then the orange.
- 6. Then the pineapple.
- 7. Then another cheese cube.
- 8. Then add the honeydew.
- 9. Add the blueberry.
- 10. Finally, add the blackberry and one more cheese cube.
- 11. Repeat 20 times!
I used the amazing produce we had in our fridge. You can absolutely try anything! For "purple", try grapes. For "green", try kiwi. For "red", try raspberries. You get the point!
All Heluva Good! Cheese will fit in for this recipe. You can give it an Extra Sharp Cheddar taste, and use apples instead of strawberries. Maybe you can use Jalapeño Jack to give it a kick! These tasty bites are my favorite recipes for any parties.
Not only do I use them for parties and for snacking, but these tasty bites are awesome for breakfast or lunch as well! My kids will ask for them after every party, because they know I keep any leftovers (rare) in a container in the fridge. You can just pull them out and dip them in a fresh honey cinnamon yogurt dipping sauce. BOOM – instant summer snacking solution.