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Ditch Your Boring Fruit Salad Recipe and Build This Watermelon Train

watermelon and fruit shaped like a train.

Summer is almost over. That’s why I’m clinging onto some of my favorite fruits for as long as I can. Although I can always find fruits and vegetables in the winter, it’s just not the same. That’s why instead of making a typical fruit salad recipe, I’m building a watermelon fruit train. Choo-choo! 

To craft the wheels, I used honeydew and blueberries. So cute! Since the wheels help stabilize the structure, the freight cars can lug around blackberry and honeydew skewers. Throw away your old fruit salad recipe and hop on the watermelon fruit train. It’s leaving the platform and you don’t want to miss out.

blueberries in a cup alongside honeydew slices

Fresh blueberries and honeydew!

I initially thought of building this watermelon train because of my fruit obsession. Are you obsessed with fruit like me? When I go on vacation, I usually make a list of fruits to try. Tropical fruits always top my list.

I didn’t fully realize my intense love of fruit until one day my husband had kindly pointed it out to me.

We were newlyweds and our living styles were, let’s say– marinating! Freshly moved into our new apartment, we didn’t have any furniture. But, we did have leaning towers of boxes bursting with old textbooks (mine), an oversized stuffed tiger (surprisingly, not mine) and old clothes that should have been thrown out eons ago (both of ours).

My hubby had just finished making dinner, so I eyed the closest tower of boxes and threw a ratty towel on top. Vola, a table box. Done and done. I crammed as much as I could onto our “table” and plopped ourselves on the floor. Then this happened.

Hubby: “This is so good. Thanks for dinner sweets.”

Me: “We also have dessert!”

Hubby: “You’re the best.” [eyes twinkle] “Where is it?”

Me: “It’s on the box, I mean our table.”

Hubby: “No you didn’t. [eyes squinting] “I only see raspberries.”

Me: “That is our dessert!”

Hubby: “Uh, cake is dessert. Ice cream is dessert. That’s just fruit.”

Me: “Do we have cake or ice cream?”

Hubby: “Uh, nope.”

Me: “Oh, then no dessert for you!” [smiley face. chomp chomp chomp.]

At that moment, it had clued into me that my mom was the best marketer, ever. When I was a kid, every meal ended with “dessert.” And, my mom had trained us that dessert consisted of all types of fruit. Sometimes she would carve an orange so it’d look like a smiley face. We had fun eating our smiley oranges and we got our vitamin C. So sneaky, mom! Tropical fruit was also our favorite so she would freeze lychee and we’d devour it like ice candy.

In any case, I’m dedicating this watermelon fruit train recipe to significant others searching for “dessert,” to parents trying to pack their kids with vitamins, and to fruit lovers trying to hold onto your favorite gems before winter comes. And to all of you Game of Thrones fans, Winter IS coming.

So, throw away your boring fruit salad recipe and let’s talk about how to make this watermelon fruit train, because it’s TIME TO BUILD!

two levels of a watermelon shaped like a train

Choo-choo! Isn’t this watermelon fruit train so cute? It’s great for birthday parties, baby showers, and more. Fun food is easy to make!

I made this short video to show you how fun and easy it is to build the watermelon train. For more hints and tricks, check out the video below.

For the engine and freight cars, I’m using a train cookie cutter and the smallest round cookie cutter in Ateco’s cookie cutter set. I took a photo so that you can see see the relative size next to my thumb.

train cookie cutter next to a small circle cookie cutter

Ann Clark’s adorable train cookie cutter and Ateco’s small round cookie cutter for the honeydew wheels.

I’m using this train cookie cutter to make the engine and freight cars. You can get the cookie cutters here: (*Amazon affiliate link)

1. Ann Clark Train Cookie Cutter ( 4-inches)

2. Ateco Plain Edge Geometric Shapes Cutters in Graduated Sizes, Stainless Steel, 24 Pc Set

And, if you’re looking for more craft ideas and fun food for kids, check out my other recipe where I built a stackable gummy LEGO JELLO pyramid.

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Watermelon Fruit Train with Honeydew and Blueberry wheels

Summer is almost over. That’s why I’m clinging onto some of my favorite fruits for as long as I can. Although I can always find fruits and vegetables in the winter, it’s just not the same. That’s why instead of making a typical fruit salad recipe, I’m building a watermelon fruit train. Choo-choo!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Chewable Structures

Ingredients

  • 1 watermelon ½ inch thick slices
  • 1 honeydew ¾ inch thick slices
  • 1 cup blueberies
  • 1 cup blackberries

Tools that you'll need:

  • 1 train cookie cutter see blog for link
  • 1 small cookie cutter see blog for link
  • 18 to othpicks

Instructions

  1. For the best visual instructions, watch the video tutorial here: https://youtu.be/q6J71vzy-hI
  2. Cut the watermelon into ½ inch thick slices.
  3. Cut the honeydew into ¾ inch thick slices. Using the smallest round Ateco cookie cutter, cut out the honeydew wheels and honeydew circles for the top of the freight car. Each engine/freight car needs 6 honeydew wheels (3 for each side).
  4. To build the engine, press the train cookie cutter into the watermelon. To install the wheel, push three toothpicks through the wheel sections of the watermelon. Add one slice of honeydew and one blueberry to either sides of the toothpick. The engine should be able to stand up.
  5. To build the freight car, press the train cookie cutter into the watermelon. Using a sharp pairing knife, cut the top and right sides off the engine. Now, it should look like a rectangle with wheels on the bottom. (Watch the video for a better visual reference. See link above). Add the wheels the same was as the engine. For the loads on top of the freight car, add a blackberry to the toothpick and place it on top of the car. Repeat the same step for the honeydew circles.

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