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Watermelon Beetle Convertible

 Watermelon Beetle Convertible
What could be cooler than a convertible in the summer? You'll have so much fun when you make this watermelon version. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
6-8 ServingsPrep: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 miniature seedless watermelon (about 3 pounds)
  • 1 fresh strawberry, halved
  • 5 lime slices
  • 1 seedless red grape
  • 1 large marshmallow, cut in half
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup green grapes

Directions

  • With a long sharp knife, cut a thin slice from watermelon so melon
  • lies flat. Using a small sharp knife, lightly score a horizontal
  • cutting line around middle of the melon, leaving 3 in. on each side
  • of stem end unscored for the windshield. Next, score a vertical line
  • over top of melon, connecting both ends of the horizontal line.
  • Using the long knife, cut through melon along the vertical cutting
  • line. (Stop cutting at the horizontal cutting line.) Then, cut
  • through melon along the horizontal cutting line. Gently pull away
  • top portion of car.
  • Cut a thin slice from the end of the top portion for the convertible
  • top. Trim slice to fit on tail end of car; set aside. Remove fruit
  • from both portions of melon; cut into balls or cubes and set aside.
  • Attach convertible top with toothpicks.
  • For side mirrors, cut a 1-1/4-in. notch from each lower corner of
  • windshield. Place a strawberry half in each notch; attach with

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Watermelon Beetle Convertible (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • toothpicks. For windshield, using a sharp razor blade or small
  • knife, score a 3/4-in. frame around perimeter of windshield.
  • Carefully remove watermelon rind within frame of windshield.
  • For wheels, attach two lime slices with toothpicks to each side of
  • melon. Cut the remaining lime slice in half. Using a toothpick,
  • place one portion centered below windshield for a mouth.
  • For eyebrows, remove fruit from the remaining half slice; cut peel
  • into two pieces. For eyes, cut ends from red grape. Using
  • toothpicks, add grapes to the marshmallow halves and position on
  • windshield; attach eyebrows. If desired, add a mandarin orange
  • smile.
  • In a large bowl, combine the green grapes and remaining mandarin
  • oranges with reserved watermelon. Spoon into car. Yield: 6-8
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts:> 1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 88 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 6 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.