Rainbow Fruit & Cheese Kabobs with Cinnamon Honey Yogurt Dip

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Can we say YUM?? Yum. This recipe is SO pleasing to the eyes and to the tastebuds.

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.

This recipe has two sources of inspiration.

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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.

Ultimately, I chose Colby Jack for my recipe because Scarlet loves that marbled goodness!

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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?

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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!

Rainbow Fruit & Cheese Kabobs with Cinnamon Honey Yogurt Dip

Yield: 20 servings

Serving Size: 1 kabob

Rainbow Fruit & Cheese Kabobs with Cinnamon Honey Yogurt Dip

Ingredients

  1. 20 bamboo or other skewers
  2. 1-2 blocks Heluva Good! Colby Jack 8 oz. cubed
  3. 20 strawberries, hulled
  4. 20 mandarin oranges
  5. 20 pineapple chunks
  6. 20 honeydew melon chunks
  7. 20 blueberries
  8. 20 blackberries
  9. For the dipping sauce:
  10. 2 cups Greek yogurt (I chose vanilla)
  11. 1/4 cup honey
  12. 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • 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!

Notes

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!

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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.

Are you ready for the cutest, most gorgeous, most tasty fruit and cheese dish EVER? This #recipe will delight everyone! Head to Big Y! #ad #heluvagoodsummer

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.

Are you ready for the cutest, most gorgeous, most tasty fruit and cheese dish EVER? This #recipe will delight everyone! Head to Big Y! #ad #heluvagoodsummer

This is one of those recipes in which the prep is truly fun!

Are you ready for the cutest, most gorgeous, most tasty fruit and cheese dish EVER? This #recipe will delight everyone! Head to Big Y! #ad #heluvagoodsummer

Are you ready for the cutest, most gorgeous, most tasty fruit and cheese dish EVER? This #recipe will delight everyone! Head to Big Y! #ad #heluvagoodsummer

Are you ready for the cutest, most gorgeous, most tasty fruit and cheese dish EVER? This #recipe will delight everyone! Head to Big Y! #ad #heluvagoodsummer

Are you ready for the cutest, most gorgeous, most tasty fruit and cheese dish EVER? This #recipe will delight everyone! Head to Big Y! #ad #heluvagoodsummer

What would you create with your Heluva Good! Cheese?

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Enjoy summer!

Are you ready for the cutest, most gorgeous, most tasty fruit and cheese dish EVER? This #recipe will delight everyone! Head to Big Y! #ad #heluvagoodsummer

Cars 3 Popcorn, Cars 3 Everything!

I have to tell you that over the weekend, I found myself discussing heady Cars 1, Cars 2, and Cars 3 plot points with four grown men at four separate times. Attractive men, too! I also have to tell you that I have the Disney Pixar Cars bug.

I have a serious case here! I have a bad case of loving youuuuu, Cars!

Having a Cars 3 birthday party or do you just want to surprise the Disney Pixar Cars-loving kid in your family? This Lightning McQueen popcorn #recipe rules

So we threw Des a movie theater birthday party. I have a distinct memory of my little brother’s Back to the Future III movie theater birthday party, which is how I knew they were a thing. Here’s the thing about the thing, though. My little brother’s friends were awful. They were older too, and clearly raised in a barn although I did say I was going to marry at least once of them, but I said that during our teen years, and he turned out great. Although we didn’t get married. That said, that was my only frame of reference and I still thought this was a great idea! (it was) We invited preschoolers and a few older siblings.

Cars 3

We did NOT invite my little brother and his friends, although they’re all adults now and probably don’t yell at adults and throw popcorn at perfect strangers? And maybe they’re now smart enough to understand Back to the Future III plot points?

A girl can dream.

This party was not cost-effective, and it was not simple, but it could have been. We tend to overdo everything in spectacular fashion. The plan was simple. We held the party about an hour or so before the first showing of Cars 3. Instead of renting out the whole theater, we rented out a party room and gave a rough head count. On the morning of the party, we gave a firm headcount once all the guests were there. Since we had them come at 9:30 in the morning, we served breakfast. Since it’s hard to serve breakfast to a bunch of people and keep it warm, we had the party breakfast-catered. I ordered the cake at Big Y and then BOOM. Instant party. It was SUCH fun. Pure insanity and giggles and laughter before the movie.

Mostly hushed and stunned silence for the movie. I smiled the WHOLE time.

(This photo is deceiving because it makes it look like there weren’t a lot of us, but there were!)

We don’t need to talk about the tears in my eyes for how Des wanted to sit in between Cassidy and me. We don’t need to talk about my complete heartbreak over anything concerning Doc Hudson’s character, as well as my own hopes and dreams for my own kids and for my own life. Plus, the future of society or something. Cars 3 felt like the first Cars. Same universe. Same atmosphere. It’s like when Star Wars created the more recent movies after the debacles of Episodes I, II, and III. All you can do is give it a virtual hug and say, “You. It’s you. You’re back.” Even though I saw the first one.. a month ago.

When I know what I’m talking about, I know what I’m talking about. It’s simple. Like this recipe:

Having a Cars 3 birthday party or do you just want to surprise the Disney Pixar Cars-loving kid in your family? This Lightning McQueen popcorn #recipe rules

Ingredients:

Popcorn
Almond Bark or White Chocolate
Yellow & Red Food Coloring
Marshmallows
Butter
Sprinkles
M&M’s
Mini Oreos

Directions:

After gathering all of your ingredients, first melt the marshmallows and butter together. Use 1 tbsp of butter for each 1 cup of marshmallows you use. (this will vary depending on how much popcorn you make)

Once your marshmallow and butter mixture has melted, pour over your popcorn and stir until popcorn is evenly coated.
Lay your popcorn out on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper.

Add M&M’s and sprinkles while your popcorn is still wet. Mix the candy and sprinkles into your popcorn.

Take apart your mini Oreos carefully so that the cream stays on one side. Use a straw to take the cream from the center of the Oreo to create a white wall tire. Add to your popcorn.

Melt your almond bark or white chocolate on the stove on low heat.

Separate the almond bark or white chocolate into two pans. Using food coloring, dye one pan red and one pan yellow. If the almond bark or white chocolate seizes up, add a tbsp of vegetable shortening to thin it down.

Drizzle the melted almond bark or white chocolate across your popcorn and enjoy!

Having a Cars 3 birthday party or do you just want to surprise the Disney Pixar Cars-loving kid in your family? This Lightning McQueen popcorn #recipe rules

Enjoy!