One of the best ways to show a special someone how you care is to make a homemade creation for them. What better than a fruit bouquet? A homemade fruit bouquet is less expensive than buying an edible arrangement and it is simple to make!
“Sweet Kisses” Homemade Fruit Bouquet
- 1 whole pineapple
- 25-30 strawberries
- 8-10 caramel-filled Hershey’s Kisses
- Heart-shaped metal cookie cutters
- 30-40 (10″) bamboo skewers
- 1 head iceberg lettuce
- 1 large vase, ceramic planter, or urn
Start by slicing your pineapple into 3/4 inch to 1 inch thick disks. You should get about 8 pineapple disks to work with. We used the Rada Slicer.
Use your heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut a heart through the middle of each disk. Make sure to get the core of the pineapple in the middle of the cookie cutter.
Set the pineapple hearts to the side and place your strawberries onto bamboo skewers. Don’t push the skewer all of the way through or the strawberry will slide down the skewer. Set those aside as well.
Cut the lettuce into a shape that will fit snugly into your vase. Using lettuce is an edible alternative to foam.
Place your pineapple hearts onto bamboo skewers. Using the pointy side of the skewer, only push through to the core of the pineapple in the center of the heart.
Insert your remaining fruit into the bouquet. For a sweet addition, add your choice of Hershey’s Kisses on bamboo skewers. Kristy added some chocolate-covered strawberries as well. You can find her recipe for chocolate-covered strawberries here.
Check out our cook book Fruit Bouquet to find this Sweet Kiss fruit bouquet and many others like it.
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Fruit and Chocolate Bouquet Video Instructions
Watch and follow along with Kristy in the Rada Kitchen to make this cute strawberry and pineapple fruit arrangement.
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Hi Kristy in the Rada Kitchen and I have a neat idea for Valentine’s Day. It’s a fruit bouquet. You don’t have to spend a lot of money. These are easy to make in your own kitchen and your receiver will appreciate it. The one I’m going to make is called “Sweet Kisses.” And there are quite a few recipes and full color pictures on how to make all these fruit bouquets. So let’s get started.
So you begin by slicing a pineapple sideways into 3/4 inch to 1 inch slices. So I’m going to cut the end off first, that’s really no use. I’m just going to cut down. I’m using this Rada Slicer. It’s really sharp; not only works well on fruits and vegetables. It’s really great to slice up roasts and ribeyes. So now we have our pineapple disks. We’re going to take one of these and with a heart-shaped cookie cutter, the metals ones works best. You’re going to have quite a few different sizes. You’re going to push that down so the core of the pineapple is in the middle of your cookie cutter. And if you have to take a little mallet you might have to do that, too. This pineapple is a little green so it is a little harder to get through, you will know when you get through because there will be a crunching noise.
And I’m just going to flip over to the other side and then you push it out. So you will have to do, I’m going to do a different size, too. Each disk you can make a pineapple heart. Usually you can see where that was so you can go on the other side and push it through. There’s a little bigger one. So you should end up with about 8 pineapple hearts. We’re going to set those aside.
Now we’re going to make our strawberry buds. You’ll want to rinse your strawberries under cool water and dry gently with a paper towel. You want kind of all the same size, like large full strawberries. If you want to remove the stems you can. They are probably harder to eat but I kind of personally like the stems, I kind of ruffle them up like that. Okay, now with the pointed end of a skewer you push that into the strawberry and you want to stop before it goes through. And if you need to put them in a refrigerator you can. And if you want you can even put a couple of them on one, maybe for the tall or center part of the arrangement.
Now were going to assemble it into our vase. I have a couple different sizes here. I am going to use this one just so you can see easier what I’m going to do with it. What I’m going to do is take a head of lettuce and that is what the skewers are going to poke into. So we need to trim this down to fit into that. So it is more or less and edible, all around edible display. This is just a head of iceberg lettuce. If you have a really tall vase you might have to crumble up some paper up in the bottom of it to take up space. So now we’ve skewered our strawberries and then you just need to do the pineapple. You want to stop once it hits that core. That’s what’s going to hold it on the stick. You want to use the pointed side of the skewer. That is going to go in there. So now you just place these through the lettuce. If you have to break the sticks that is easy to do if you want different heights.
To save time I’m going to show how you just start filling in your little strawberry buds. Now we’re going to add the final touch by garnishing the bouquet with these Hershey Kiss blossoms. These are the caramel-filled ones. And you just want to make sure you take the pointed end of the skewer and poke it halfway into there. You could also use the cherry cordials, peanut butter kisses. Actually any kiss will work; I just like these because they had the pink.
Another idea and I have another video on how to make it you could put in some chocolate covered strawberries for a little extra sweetness. I have another video where I show how to dip these. So check out my videos on YouTube or on our website. And this is our Sweet Kisses Fruit Bouquet. Perfect for Valentine’s or any occasion; you want to make somebody feel special. It’s just one of the delicious designs featured in our Fruit Bouquet cookbook.
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