Banana Candles: A Fun Holiday Food Art Project for the Family

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Whether you celebrate Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Advent or simply enjoy winter candles, these Banana Candles are a fun food art project to do with the entire family!

How to Make Banana Food Art

The next time you are at your local grocery store (or like me and placing a delivery order!) add these items to your cart:

  • Bananas
  • Candy Eyes
  • Sprinkles (for the mouth)
  • Cantaloupe
  • Watermelon

Of course, if you don’t want to cut up a whole entire cantaloupe or watermelon you can grab the pre-cut option in the produce department. They are a bit pricier because the work of cutting the fruit has already been done for you, so keep that in mind!

Feel free to change up the color of the candle and mouth! You could use yellow sprinkles for the wick and red or pink sprinkles for the mouth! Let the kids be creative and have fun with their food!

Using a round small biscuit cutter (or pairing knife if you have good knife skills) cut a 1″ circle out of the cantaloupe for as many banana candles as your family is going to make! Next, using a pairing knife, cut a diamond shape out of the watermelon. Next, cut your banana in half. If you are going to present your banana candles standing up, you’ll want to ensure the bottom is flat so keep that in mind when cutting your banana.

If your family would like to add coloring to the bottom of the bananas (this will also help stand them up) dip in melted white chocolate chips or melted almond bark and then dye the melted chocolate chips accordingly. Dip the bottom of the banana into the chocolate chips and allow it to harden (5-10 minutes). You can also utilize candy melts from the baking aisle.

To add to the presentation you can sit the banana candle on greens surrounded by other fruits if you are having a party.

Place on a fun card stock paper or even wrapping paper of your choice!

How do you prevent bananas from turning brown?

If you’ve made it this far you are probably asking yourself, this is a cute idea for our holiday gatherings, but, how do I prevent the bananas from browning? Just like sliced apples, you want to add a citrusy fruit to the bananas to prevent them from turning brown. You can use fruits like:

  • pineapples
  • oranges
  • lemon
  • limes
  • grapefruit juice

Did this Banana Food Art help make your holiday celebrations memorable? Did your kids get involved? Share your family’s creations with us on Instagram @theproducemoms!

Here are a few other holiday recipes we recommend making with your family while creating these fun Banana Candles:

If you are looking for something to do with those leftover bananas, create our popular Frozen Banana Yogurt Pops!

About Lori

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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