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Watermelon Race Car

I made this cute melon bowl treat for my son's 3rd birthday. Our theme was the movie, Cars. —Camile Hixon Galena, Ohio

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces white candy coating
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • 2 Oreo cookies
  • 2 mini Oreo cookies
  • 1 large watermelon
  • 4 lemon slices
  • 4 lime slices
  • 1 medium cantaloupe, cut into balls or cubes
  • 1 medium honeydew, cut into balls or cubes

Directions

  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat candy coating and shortening, uncovered, at 30% power for 3-4 minutes or until melted, stirring every 30 seconds. For eyes, coat the large cookies with candy coating; place a miniature cookie in the center of each for pupil. Place on waxed paper to harden.
  • With a sharp knife, cut a thin slice from bottom of watermelon so it sits flat. Beginning above center at one end of melon, lightly score a horizontal cutting line (leaving a fourth of the opposite end unmarked). Repeat on other side of melon.
  • With a long sharp knife, make a vertical cut from top of melon to end of cutting marks. Cut along the cutting mark, making sure to cut all the way through. Gently pull off cut section; cut a thin slice for a spoiler. Trim spoiler piece to fit smoothly against the end of the melon; attach with three toothpicks.
  • Remove fruit from the cut section and from inside the melon; cut into balls or cubes and set aside.
  • Using a sharp razor blade, carefully carve a smile in the front of the watermelon; carve a number in the side and add other designs if desired. For wheels, attach lemon and lime slices to each side of melon with toothpicks. Attach cookie eyes with toothpicks.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cantaloupe, honeydew and reserved watermelon. Spoon into car.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 177 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 31mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • zsuzsanna
    Aug 21, 2010

    Great directions that are easy to follow. The kids loved the race car!

  • maydaybison
    Jun 16, 2009

    This looks really cute, but how did you get the melon balls to look so perfectly round??