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When I can’t travel as much as I want, I live vicariously through friends. This was taken in China. Sugar coated fruit kabobs?!! Yes please!

But maybe I don’t have to go to China to indulge, maybe I could make them myself!

Rum Ba Fruit Skewers

Vanilla and cinnamon add sweetness while ginger and red pepper bring a surprise heat to these grilled tropical fruit skewers. Make sure bananas are firm and ripe for this spicy, jazzed up, special dessert.


1/2 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. rum
2 tsp. McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp. McCormick® Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. McCormick® Ground Ginger
1/4 tsp. McCormick® Ground Red Pepper
1 large pineapple, peeled, cored, cut into 2×1-inch pieces
4 ripe red or 2 ripe yellow bananas, peeled, cut into 2×1-inch pieces
2 star fruit, cut into 1-inch slices
8-12 skewers


In a small bowl, stir first 6 ingredients until sugar dissolves. Set aside. Thread fruit alternately onto double skewers. Brush with spice mixture. Let stand 5 minutes. Grill or broil fruit skewers 10 minutes or until brown, basting with spice mixture and turning occasionally.
Photo courtesy of Rita Nisman.

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  • Anna

    Hey Hillary, Those Kabobs look great and I sure could use one about now. Yum. Anna

  • cookinpanda

    Wow this photo makes me so hungry (and brings back wonderful and delicious memories of China.) I never particularly liked eating these skewers– too much sweetness, but they were great to look at. And a very regular feature of the street scape. The crab apple sort of ones were my favorite though.

  • Rita

    Hey Hillary!! I’m glad you enjoyed the photo! We’ll have to make that recipe one of these days. :)

  • http://Chewonthat Kelly

    Thats why i like to watch the channel with Anotheny B. No Reservations to see all the crazy and sometimes great food that is out there

  • Eric

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