I am always looking for ways to get creative in the kitchen, and to help my children enjoy fresh fruits and veggies. So, when I had the opportunity to try fresh fruit especially for little ones, I jumped at the chance! Plus, these particular fresh fruits are made smaller than what you normally see–they are “kid size fruits”!
What are LilSnappers?
So, glad you asked! LilSnappers are two awesome companies, Sunkist Growers and Stemilt Growers, that joined forces to make a great brand for kids. They offer over 20 varieties of LilSnappers–including organic options. They also come with these fabulous bags that stand up in the fridge and make it easy to access the yummy fruit.
Currently, you can find LilSnappers in Louisiana (New Orleans), Florida (Jacksonville) and North Carolina at the following locations:
- Ingles Super Markets
- Harris Teeter Super Markets
- Winn Dixie Stores
- C&S Wholesale Groceries
If you do not have them available in your area, you may want to speak with the produce manager at your favorite grocery store to try and get them!
OK, so, let me share a couple fabulous recipes I tried from the LilSnappers website…
Orange You a Caterpillar? Recipe
4 Sunkist® navel oranges, peel and pith removed, sliced into rounds*
8 to 10 raisins
2 blueberries (or other fruit or nut of your choice)
Sliced cuts of Sunkist orange peel, to serve as antennae
Layer orange slices on a platter with largest rounds first, creating the “head” of the caterpillar. Carefully place successive rounds behind one another (as shown in image), to create a curvy line of orange rounds, mimicking the line of a moving caterpillar.
Place raisins, in pairs, below front and back rounds, to serve as the “feet” of the caterpillar. Position blueberries on the “head,” to serve as the eyes. Tuck cuts of peel behind top of first round to resemble antennae.
* To make orange rounds, turn orange on its side and slice both ends off; discard ends. Stand orange upright and carefully cut away peel and pith, following the natural curve of fruit. Turn peeled orange on its side again and slice into rounds.
Variation: My kids like to get creative, so they added blackberry pieces to the body of the caterpillar. Don’t be afraid to get creative and step out of the box!
Fruity Twirls Recipe
1 Sunkist® Lil Snapper citrus (cara cara, moro, or navel suggested), cut into cartwheels*
1 Stemilt Lil Snapper apple (of choice), cored and cut crosswise into approximate 3/8” to ½” rounds
1 Stemilt Lil Snapper pear (of choice), cored and cut crosswise into approximate 3/8” to ½” rounds
1 banana, peeled and cut into approximate 1” slices
Slide a bottom end piece of apple or pear onto each skewer (a plastic straw works well), flesh-side up, to serve as “base” of fruit stack. (Note: a length of ribbon, snuggly tied just below base of fruit, will help secure stack in position on skewer.) Continue threading fruit onto skewer using banana slices to separate apple, pear and citrus rounds.
*Turn unpeeled fruit on its side and cut a thin slice from both ends; discard ends. Then slice fruit crosswise into approximate 3/8” to ½” wheels.
Variation: We added a fresh blackberry to the top. Again, my kids like to get creative. :))
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I hope that you enjoy these recipes and try the many delicious looking ones at the site. My kids loved what we tried and want to try more! I highly recommend LilSnappers! They are a great product, perfectly sized for the little hands of our sweet ones. And, remember, if they do not sell LilSnappers in your area, talk to your produce manager!
Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Lil Snappers. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item as a thank-you for participating. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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