The fourth of July is fast approaching, isn’t it? I can’t believe we are nearing the end of June – I haven’t given any thought to how we’ll spend the 4th! What I would love to do is spend the day with the kids in the backyard – bring out the inflatable bounce house or the water slide, the water guns, the chalk and chalk paints – and just have fun. All that fun means hungry kids, and while I’m sure they’d eat just about anything, these fun patriotic fruit cones are a perfect way to enjoy a healthy treat, cool off with the fresh fruit, and stay with the holiday theme!
You have to make these fruit cones. They are super easy to whip together, and the kids can help fill the cones with their favorite fruits!
1 box regular ice cream cones
Assorted Fruit of your choice, washed, and sliced if necessary – I used blueberries, green grapes and strawberries, cut into small pieces
Star Candies – Mine were Celebration by SweetWorks Stars
For the homemade whipped cream:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
In a mixing bowl, beat whipping cream, sugar and vanilla until stiff. In a stand mixer, it takes about 2 minutes. Place in a pastry bag or piping container with a tip (if desired). You can refrigerate this for later if you wish.
Separate your cones. You’ll need the red and blue and “white” cones. You won’t use the purple.
Fill the cones with fruit. I put strawberries in the cone (almost to the rim), followed by grapes and blueberries and a few additional sliced strawberries. I did this by hand, and hand placed the grapes and strawberries along with blueberries. Smaller grapes work best. If yours are large, you can slice them in half or quarters.
Top with whipped cream and embellish with stars (if desired). Serve immediately.
If you are making this for a party, I do not suggest you make ahead of time. Although the shape of the fruit cones will not change, the cones will get soggy and soft from the fruit. They will still stand up, but they won’t be crunchy.
This would also be very cute as a DIY fruit cones at a party where guests can fill their own cones and add their own topping.
You eat with your hands, no utensils required!