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DIY Edible Arrangements
Servings:

serving time4-6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 whole large pineapples, skin removed, cut into 1-inch discs (core still in)

  • 1/2 cantaloupe, seeds removed

  • Red grapes

  • Leafy kale (the extra curly kind) still attached to stem

  • 5-6 large strawberries

  • Bowl of dark chocolate, melted

  • Bowl of milk chocolate, melted

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

  • Skewers of varying lengths (cut with wire cutters to make shorter skewers)

Instructions

  1. Prep the fruit. Cut flower shapes out of the pineapple and set aside.

  2. Using the melon baller, dig small balls out from the cantaloupe, avoiding seeds and rind.

  3. Fill a planter or flower pot with Styrofoam or something to keep the skewers in place (anything stiff and porous should work).

  4. Add kale leaves around the flower pot, arranging to cover the foam.

  5. Wrap rubber bands around the ends of the skewers, a couple inches below the tip. This will keep the fruit from sliding down the skewer.

  6. Slide a pineapple flower onto the tip of a skewer. Leave 1/2 an inch of skewer through the top of the pineapple, and add a melon ball so it looks like a yellow flower with an orange center. Arrange the skewer in the Styrofoam and continue building until filled. Note: put shorter skewers around the perimeter to form a full bouquet look.

  7. Add grapes to a couple skewers, covering the skewer completely. Add these to the arrangement.

  8. Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil into each of the chocolates.

  9. Pierce the leafy green part of the strawberries with the skewers. Dip the tip of the strawberry in dark chocolate. Then, holding the strawberry with one hand, grab a fork with the other, dip it in the milk chocolate, and drizzle the melted milk chocolate on the strawberry to create long lines. Place the strawberries chocolate side up in the Styrofoam and allow to harden.

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Transcript

- Mother nature is so kind. She gives us flowers and fruit. So why not celebrate them both in this beautiful fruit bouquet? Let's make it. So what you wanna do is grab yourself a planter, and you wanna stuff it with floral foam. So I have green floral foam that I'm using just because it's gonna blend in really nicely with my kale. First, I'm gonna decorate around this planter with some really curly kale leaves. And this is just gonna be a filler that's gonna hide all of the gaps between my fruit. In this edible arrangement, I am making sunflowers. so I have a flower cutter, and I have some pinneapple that I've cut into three quarter inch disks, and I'm gonna take a large flower cookie cutter and cut a really cute flower shape right out of that pineapple. And we can take a pair of scissors and clean up around the edges once you start decorating. So I'm doing large flowers, and I also have a smaller flower cutter, just because I want a little bit of variety in my flower shapes. You wanna make sure that you leave the core on the inside of your pineapple disks. That way, you get a full flower like this. If you cut out the core, then your flower will fall apart. What's gonna go on the middle of my pineapple, I have some cantaloupe here, and then I'm just going to take a melon baller and cut little balls right out of the melon. And this is gonna go in the center of my pineapple. Looks just like a sunflower. So now I have some skewers, and I'm just going to secure a rubber band towards the end of my skewer, and this is gonna make sure that once I put my fruit on the end, it's not gonna slide up and down the stick. Putting that rubber band on the end makes sure it stays in place. And I have my little balled melon, and that goes right in the center, beautiful. And now I have some smaller skewers, and as I decorate, I'm gonna put the smaller skewers on the perimeter, and the larger skewers on the top, and that's gonna create this really full, abundant bouquet look. Okay, so I've arranged all of my beautiful sunflowers, and now I'm gonna start filling in with my grapes and my strawberries. So I'm gonna start skewering my grapes. I stick that right inside, and this just adds a nice little pop of color. So I'm gonna do a few of these scattered around my bouquet. And make sure that you cover the point of the skewer, 'cause you don't want anybody to hurt themselves when they go to eat any fruit. Alright, so there is no edible arrangement that I like without strawberries, so we're gonna start working on our strawberries now. So I have some dark chocolate in a bowl that I've melted, and I have some milk chocolate in a bowl that I've melted. So I'm gonna grab a skewer, and again, make sure you put your rubber band on the end of it so that your strawberry isn't sliding around after you spent all that time decorating it. When you're picking your fruit, make sure that it's really, you know, delicious and bright because it's all about the fruit. Now that it's on a skewer, I can really control my strawberry and spin it around in that chocolate. For a little color contrast, I'm just gonna dip my fork in the milk chocolate, and I'm gonna turn it around as I'm drizzling it with milk chocolate. I'm gonna let that actually set, upside down, inside of my edible arrangement. Make sure your strawberries are completely dry before you start dipping them in the chocolate, otherwise, the chocolate's gonna start slipping off, and this just makes sure that the chocolate stays and adheres to the strawberry. And there you have it, a beautiful fruit bouquet that you've decorated all on your own. So make sure you give it to someone you deem very worthy of all of your efforts, and don't forget to eat a little bit yourself, ah.