If you’re looking for a fun and patriotic recipe idea for a summer bbq or party, these Fruit Sparklers are a guaranteed crowd favorite! The perfect easy side dish for Memorial day or the Fourth of July!

When it comes to summer BBQ’s, especially parties for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July, I’ve come to learn that people like to keep it simple. Throw some meat on the grill, cold drinks in the cooler, and a big assortment of cold salads and fresh fruit. That is my kind of summer bbq!

Two hands holding a bamboo skewer lined with blueberries and a watermelon cut into the shape of a star, on the top.

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Every summer when watermelon comes in season my kids get excited to help make these “fruit sparklers”. We call them fruit sparklers because they remind us of holding firework sparklers during the summer holidays, and they’re patriotic with the watermelon stars on top. They are so simple but make a really fun and easy summer treat.

What you will need to make Fruit Sparklers:

Side by side photos showing a watermelon sliced into 1 inch thick rounds, and then star shapes cut from the watermelon flesh with a metal star cookie cutter.

Slice the watermelon, vertically, into one inch slices. Use the star cookie cutter to cut stars from the flesh of the watermelon.

Thread 7-10 blueberries into the center of each bamboo skewer, leaving enough space at the end for someone to be able to comfortably hold it, and a space at the top for the watermelon star.

Add the watermelon star. Store, covered, in the fridge until ready to serve.

Fruit kebabs on a white marble board, called fruit sparklers, with blueberries and a watermelon star secured on a wood skewer.

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Recipe

Two hands holding a wooden skewer lined with blueberries and a watermelon cut into the shape of a star, on the top.
Prep 15 mins
Total 15 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 whole watermelon
  • 16 ounces fresh blueberries
  • Bamboo skewers

Instructions
 

  • Cut watermelon vertically into 1 inch thick slices. 
  • Use a small star cookie cutter to cut out star shapes from the flesh of each watermelon round.
  • Thread 7-10 blueberries into the center of each bamboo skewer, leaving enough space at the end for someone to be able to comfortably hold it, and a space at the top for the watermelon star.
  • Place the watermelon star on top and set the fruit sparklers on a serving tray. Cover and refrigerate until ready to enjoy.

Nutrition

Calories: 75kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 262mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 1290IUVitamin C: 19.6mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 0.6mg

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  1. Great idea! I did watermelon triangles on a stick last year (rind left on the bottom) and they were a hit, but this looks even better!
    Thanks, Kate

  2. Genius! So simple, but so smart, and so cute too! There are usually a pretty decent sized group of kids at our celebrations, so this is definitely going to be part of the spread!

    1. 5 stars
      There are usually a pretty decent sized group of kids at our celebrations, so this is definitely going to be part of the spread!

    1. I don’t think it really matters, but it may cut a little sharper and easier if it’s cold.