As I said here I prefer to have flowers in the garden rather than in a vase. That’s why I’m so excited about the fruit bouquets which became so popular! A fruit bouquet looks great, tastes delicious and makes for a beautiful centerpiece. It’s perfect for celebrations or just as something to put on your table and snack on. Even the kids will love it, I find they eat fresh fruit more willingly when it’s on a stick 😉
I made this very bouquet for my mom’s birthday. She likes to eat healthy and she loves tropical fruit. I added some high quality chocolate and I must say that the bouquet was a thing to behold.
It’s really no science and I’d like to show you how you can make this fruit bouquet at home. You can use any fruit you want, take my tutorial as an inspiration and just customize your bouquet to your taste. And don’t forget to browse more of my tutorials for gifts.
- 13-15 long thin wooden sticks
- tall thin glass
- 1 apple
- 2-3 handfuls of grapes
- 2 slices of pineapple
- 1 mandarine
- 2 slices of pomelo
- 12 strawberries
- some blueberries
- 150 g/5.3 oz of dark chocolate
- 50 g/1.8 oz of white chocolate
- juice from half a lemon
How to make the Fruit Bouquet
Coat the strawberries with chocolate
Melt the dark chocolate in water bath.
Clean the strawberries and set half of them aside, those will remain without chocolate.
Put the strawberries on a stick, turn them slowly and pour chocolate over them with a spoon. Never dip the strawberries in chocolate because they’re quite heavy and they could slip off the stick and fall in the chocolate.
You can put several of them on one stick. Then place the stick with the chocolate strawberries on a pot or plate and make sure the strawberries don’t touch each other or the plate’s edges. Let the chocolate set and then place them in the fridge.
Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate in water bath. Scoop some with a fork and splash the chocolate over the strawberries. Let it set.
After that I recommend putting the strawberries in the freezer for a bit, especially in summer when the chocolate melts faster.
Prepare the base
Peel the apple, cut out the core and cut it in quarters. Fill a bowl with water and put the lemon juice in it. Let the apple stay in the lemony water for a while, it will prevent the apple from getting brown.
Place the apple pieces in the glass, fill about two thirds of the glass. If you have really small apples, just peel them and don’t cut them, put them in the glass whole.
Sink about 8 sticks into the apple pieces.
Fill the rest of the glass with grapes.
Cut two pineapple slices.
And cut a star out of each of them.
Slice and peel the mandarine and the pomelo. Cut the slices in smaller pieces.
Now you can put the fruit pieces on the sticks. I like to combine them in an arbitrary manner so that each stick is different.
Don’t place the heavier pieces only on top, they should be also lower. If you put the heaviest pieces on top the sticks will fall to the edge of the glass.
If you have just a small piece of the stick showing put a blueberry on it.
Put the pineapple stars on fresh sticks, you can put lighter fruit under them. Sink these two sticks in the apples inside the glass.
If you don’t bring the fruit bouquet to the table keep it in a cold place.
Fruit Bouquet – more photos