A Tea with the Animals: Fruit Kabobs with Dip

Size your skewers to the age of the children enjoying this tea. The smaller the child, the smaller the skewer should be. For very small children, forget the skewer completely and serve the fruit pieces in a pretty bowl. Use whatever fruit you enjoy, grapes, pineapple pieces, maraschino cherries, strawberries—most kids like these.

Creamy Caramel Dip

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
¾ cup brown sugar
1 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 cup cold milk
1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
Assorted fresh fruit

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and brown sugar until smooth. Add the sour cream, vanilla, lemon juice, milk and pudding mix, beating well after each addition. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. Thread fruit chunks onto skewers and serve with this dip.

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