Fruit kabobs are a hit with kids, and an easy yogurt fruit dip to go with it makes these adorable caterpillars even more fun. Your kids will love dunking their kabobs in the creamy yogurt dip whether you use full dairy yogurt, coconut yogurt or almond yogurt. We like to make these fun skewers for a surprise for the kids at a summer pool party, but you can also make just a few for a platter for a surprise snack or birthday party too! I’ve made this dip with regular dairy yogurt for our family, but when we had a friend who was dairy free visiting? We swapped in almond yogurt and everyone could enjoy these adorable fruit kabobs together.
Caterpillar Fruit Kabobs With Easy Yogurt Fruit Dip (Dairy Free Optional!)
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I’m just going to put this out here, my kid and dips don’t usually get along. Many kids love dips, in fact, whatever you are using to put into the dip is basically just a vehicle to get the dip in their mouth. Not my kid, she usually turns her nose up at any dip faster then you can say “would you like some.”
This fruit dip went a little different.
This time? The whole bowl of dip disappeared, as did the caterpillar.
In fact, the whole plate of these sweet melon caterpillar kabobs with their lovely side of dairy-free dip lasted about a day total and we weren’t even having a party. Those smiley little faces never had a chance, ha!
How To Make The Yogurt Fruit Dip
Shh this recipe was actually made dairy free this time, but I’ve made it both ways. It really doesn’t matter for this yogurt fruit dip if you use regular yogurt, greek yogurt, coconut yogurt or almond yogurt. Use whatever fits your family the best. When I made this dip the last time around, I knew we had a friend who was dairy free who was coming over so I purposefully grabbed this dairy free yogurt instead.
Then you’re going to wash your lime and zest the outside of the lime. You can use a zester or a regular grater. Once you zest it, then cut the lime open to squeeze the juice in. I’ve mistakenly cut my lime first and it’s much easier on your fingers if you do it in the right order!
Mix in the lime, lime juice and honey into the fruit yogurt dip. The honey can be added to taste. Start off with a tablespoon and taste, if you feel it needs a little more you can always add a little bit. Now is where we start singing about pina coladas and getting caught in the rain right?
How To Add The Eyes To The Caterpillar Fruit Kabobs
So one thing that people continually ask me with these fun melon kabobs is how do I get the eyes to stick. I used a toothpick, some honey, and some candy eyes. Candy eyes come in a couple different kinds, but I like these.
I put a small amount of honey on a plate and using the toothpick used the honey like glue to add the eyes.
If you want the caterpillars to look like they have a mouth? Leave the end of the skewer just barely peeping out. Then he will have a quizzical little “oh” look on his face.
Know anyone planning a birthday party? This would be adorable for a “Very Hungry Caterpillar” theme!
Caterpillar Fruit Kabobs With Yogurt Dip (Dairy Free Optional)
Add a bit of fun to your next picnic or BBQ with these fun caterpillar fruit kabobs with dairy-free fruit dip. Combine the flavors of fresh melon, lime, honey and your choice of dairy free or regular yogurt for an adorable party appetizer!
Caterpillar Fruit Kabobs
- 1 small cantaloupe
- 1 small sugar baby watermelon or half of a bigger melon!
- 8 kabob skewers broken in half
- 32 candy eyes
Dairy Free Fruit Dip
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt Dairy free almond yogurt was used, but any vanilla yogurt works in this recipe
- 1 Tbsp honey
- Juice from a half of a lime
- Zest from one lime
For The Melon Kabobs
Using a melon baller tool, create small round balls of both the watermelon and the cantaloupe.
Crack wooden kabob sticks in half so they are about five to six inches long. Thread watermelon and cantaloupe onto skewers, alternating between the melon types.
Using a toothpick and a few drops of honey, use the honey to stick the eyes onto the fruit caterpillars.
For The Fruit Dip
Zest the outside of the lime with a small grater.
Mix together the lime zest, juice from half of the lime, honey and yogurt.
Any kind of yogurt can be used in this recipe. I chose to make this batch dairy free with almond yogurt but coconut and soy-based yogurts also work. Geek or regular full dairy yogurt can also be substituted.