4th of July Fruit Sticks

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. Not only do I understand and appreciate the meaning of it to our great country, there’s something magical about the entire day for kids. From swimming, to parades, to BBQs, to family time, to fireworks, I simply love the day. It’s a holiday that is also about traditions, especially when it comes to food. And one of our traditions every 4th of July, for the last 5 years or so, is making a fun fruit treat with Cole. This is something Naomi has typically done in the past, but this year, I joined in the fun and continued the tradition by making these fun 4th of July Fruit Sticks.

4th of July Fruit Sticks | Real Food by Dad

As you can see, this is a really fun & simple-to-make dessert and perfect for every kind of 4th of July celebration. I grabbed one of Naomi’s star shaped cookie cutters for the watermelon and originally used a plain, wooden skewer. That is, until Naomi inserted her creative suggestion of using striped straws, a suggestion that was quickly adopted by our 7 year-old, Cole. Out-voted 2 to 1, the skewers were quickly replaced.

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Didn’t they turn out fun?! Our little resident recipe-tester, Cole, gave me a big thumbs-up with a mouthful of fruit and marshmallows in his mouth. That’s all I needed to see. So whether you’re at a backyard BBQ, spending the day at the beach or pool, or picnicking at a park, make a run to the grocery store and grab a watermelon, some blueberries and mini-marshmallows and have some fun making these. Then, sit back and enjoy your family, friends, food & fireworks, and give thanks for living in the greatest country in the world. Happy 4th!

4th of July Fruit Sticks via Real Food by Dad

4th of July Fruit Sticks

4th of July Fruit Sticks by Real Food by Dad

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  • Yield: 6 Servings

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. Not only do I understand and appreciate the meaning of it to our great country, …


  • 6 2 inch 2 inch watermelon stars (stamped out with a cookie cutter)
  • 12-16 blueberries
  • 12-16 mini marshmallows
  • 6 striped straws or wood skewers


  1. If using straws, insert wooden skewer inside of straw to easily pierce the fruit and marshmallow. Place marshmallow on first to prevent fruit from slipping, add blueberry and continue layering with both twice more. Finish with a watermelon star on top.
  2. **NOTES** (1) Make sure to use firm fruit for easy handling. (2) If using straws do not skip inserting a skewer inside as it helps to pierce the fruit and prevents the inside of the straw from filling up with fruit and marshmallow as you assemble the fruit sticks.

  • Paula

    Super cute idea and I love the marshmallows and blueberries. I’m all over any trick that helps get fruits or veggies in my kids! Have a great weekend, Matt!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Paula, have an awesome weekend!

  • Derek the Zen Chef

    Hey, nice idea and very festive. To make it purely fruit, you could use bananas (almost white) or white peach, or Asian pear in place of marshmallow. As it happens, my high school buddy will have his rehearsal dinner smack dab on July 4th, but maybe I could pop these out at the bachelor party. Thanks for the trick!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      I love that idea, Derek!!!

  • http://wholenewmom.com/ Adrienne @ Whole New Mom

    Perfect, Matt! Can’t wait to make these. So nice when almost everything else is full of Red No. 40 and Blue No.1!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      That is sadly so true Adrienne! Hope you have a great weekend!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    Such a fun treat for kids and adults!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks so much Rachel!

  • http://www.chocolatewithgrace.com Mallory | Chocolate with Grace

    Recipe that include kids are so fun! Creative!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thank you Mallory!

  • Bri | Bites of Bri

    These are so fun and perfect for kids! I also love the traditions of the 4th. Its definitely one of my favorite holidays.

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Bri! I totally agree, love the 4th!

  • HalfBakedHarvest

    So fun!! I love that these are simple, but that everybody kids and adults will love them!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thank you Tieghan! Have a great weekend!

  • Serene @ House Of Yumm

    Matt these are great. So simple and fun! My girls would love this and it’s absolutely something they can make themselves!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      They can absolutely help with these Serene. Thank you and hope you have a fantastic weekend!

  • http://addalittle.wordpress.com Millie l Add A Little

    These are so simple and cute Matt! I love it!

  • http://hipfoodiemom.com/ Alice Choi

    oh my gawd, too cute!!! my kids would love this!!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      They would, Alice! Thanks so much!

  • kellyjanke2

    So creative, Matt! I really like that you mixed in marshmallows instead of just all fruit…not like there’s a white fruit haha! I really like the idea of using cutouts for watermelon! Thanks for sharing, pinned!!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Unfortunately I ate almost half the bag of marshmallows as I made these though! Thanks so much Kelly!

  • marcie @ flavor the moments

    This is such a great idea and they’re the coolest way to eat fruit! Pinning, and have a great weekend. :)

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Really simple and easy but a fun little 4th of July treat for sure. Thanks Marcie!

  • ITheeCook

    How cute! My daughter would gobble these up!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      I bet she would, Rina! Thanks so much!

  • http://www.tasty-yummies.com/ Beth @ Tasty Yummies

    OMG these are just SOOOO adorable. I love it. Almost too pretty to eat. Almost 😉

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Almost! Thanks Beth!

  • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

    Thanks Millie!

  • abrowntable

    What a great and fun idea! Love this.

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Nik! Have a great weekend!

  • Amber @ DessertNowDinnerLater!

    These are so adorable! I love that they are stacked on colorful paper straws! Super kid friendly!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Amber!

  • Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    These are so fun!!! And will be great for both kids and adult alike :) Have a great weekend!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Zainab, you too!

  • http://www.reciperunner.com/ Danae | Recipe Runner

    So cute and such a great idea! Love those mini marshmallows added in. Have a great weekend!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Have a great weekend Danae, thanks!

  • Krista

    The 4th is one of my favorite holidays too, my parents did a great job of creating memories which I why I think I like it so much. :) BBQ’s were always part of that day and this fruit stick looks perfect, healthy and festive!

    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      So true, I think it’s all about how fun it was when we were growing up, and carrying that on as we get older with kids. Thanks Krista!

  • azestybite

    These are so fun and perfect for the 4th of July.

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Meagan, have a great weekend!

  • Karen @ The Food Charlatan

    What a fun idea Matt! Perfect dessert for the 4th.

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Karen!

  • http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/ theviewfromGreatIsland

    My girls would have used these for fairy wands, love them Matt!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      I can totally see that! Thanks and have an awesome weekend!

  • http://www.serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com Serena Bakes

    So easy and fun for the kids to make!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Serena!

  • Megan {Country Cleaver}

    These are so fun – my nephew would love these!!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thank you Megan!

  • http://pickfreshfoods.com Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    Fantastic idea! These look beautiful and delicious! I too love the 4th! It is such a great way to pause, reflect, and appreciate. I actually get a little emotional with all the fireworks and the patriotic music 😀

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      I do too, Cindy! Thanks and hope you have an awesome weekend!

  • Cooking Classy

    Seriously how fun are these! My kids would love these, and I’m sure I would too!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Super easy too, thanks Jaclyn!

  • http://kirantarun.com/food Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    So cute and perfect for 4th!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thank you Kiran!!

  • CrunchyCreamySw

    These are so fun!!!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Anna!

  • BeccaHeflin

    What a fun idea! Makes me wish I had little ones around to make them with :)

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Becca! Hope you’ve had a nice weekend!

  • http://bakingamoment.com/ Allie|Baking a Moment

    This is such a cute and fun idea! And so simple too. I just love it!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Allie!

  • http://thekitchenmccabe.com Kayley McCabe

    My oldest daughter is absolutely determined to have these on the 4th! Thanks for the fun idea!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Haha I love that, thanks Kayley!

  • Mike @TheIronYou

    This is awesome man, a great way to make your kids eat more fruit!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      I’ve got to be creative with them sometimes, thanks Mike!

  • grandbabycakes

    These are seriously so darn cute!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Jocelyn!

  • Shashi @ RunninSrilankan

    So so adorable – love Naomi’s idea to use the striped straws!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Shashi! Seriously, so glad I took her advice!

  • Tutti Dolci

    These are so fun, just perfect for the 4th!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Laura!!

  • http://www.culinaryhill.com/ Meggan | Culinary Hill

    What a fun, fruity idea! I love your version of “stars and stripes” with the watermelon and straws. So festive! These would be a hit in my household!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Especially with the marshmallows, Meggan, so good and even easier to make!

  • http://www.thebakermama.com/ Maegan

    Love how fun and festive these are! My boys would eat ’em up!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Maegan, they were so easy and fun to make, my boys loved them!

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