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Mr. Fruit Bunny

 Mr. Fruit Bunny
This hare will be a hit with everyone at your spring gathering. "Children especially enjoy it," pens Gail Toepger from Iron Ridge, Wisconsin. "I've taken it to school functions and gotten rave reviews from the youngsters. What I like about it is that it gets little ones to eat fruit instead of candy."—Gail Toepger, Iron Ridge, Wisconsin
12-16 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 3 green apples, peeled and sliced
  • 2 unpeeled red apples, sliced
  • 4 large firm bananas, peeled
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 slices kiwifruit (1/2 inch thick)
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • 2 cans (11 ounces each) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 9 seedless green grapes
  • 1 stick black licorice, cut lengthwise into 1/8-inch strips

Directions

  • Toss apples and bananas with lemon juice. In the center of a large
  • serving platter or 16-in. x 12-in. baking sheet covered with freezer
  • paper, layer green apples in an 8-in. circle to make bunny's head.
  • For eyes, place kiwi slices on top half of head about 1 in. apart.
  • Place cherry in center of face for nose. For each ear, place two
  • whole bananas together with only tips touching. Place red apples in
  • center of ears with peel showing. For bow tie, form a 3-in. circle
  • with oranges centered under head and two 4-in. triangles on each
  • side of circle. Place grapes on oranges to make polka dots. Just
  • before serving cut licorice into seven 3-in. strips and seven
  • 1-1/2-in. strips. place three 3-in. strips on each side of cherry
  • for whiskers. Bend the remaining 3-in. strip into a semicircle and
  • place 1-1/2 in. below nose for mouth. Connect nose to mouth with one
  • 1-1/2-in. strip. For eyelashes, place three 1-1/2-in. strip. For

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Mr. Fruit Bunny (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • eyelashes, place three 1-1/2-in. strips above each eye. Carefully
  • slice bananas into 1-in. chunks. Yield: 12-16 servings