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Tu B’Shevat Fruit Plates

Tu B’Shevat Fruit Plates


Tu B'Shevat, the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat, marks the “New Year” for the trees. We celebrate by eating fruit, specifically the kinds that the Torah mentions that the Land of Israel is known for: grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates.

So, I’ve created a fun and delicious way to welcome this “New Year” for the trees.

The ingredients are simple, and the results will not only make you smile but will fill any craving you may have had! Consider this somewhat of a plated Tu B’Shevat fondue!

Here’s what you’ll need:

(Amounts will vary depending on how many plates you wish to make, but this will be enough for at least four.)

  • 1 box cornflakes
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 1 bunch green grapes
  • 1 box fresh figs
  • 1 box dried dates
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows
  • 1 container Duncan Hines (kosher) chocolate frosting
  • Sprinkles or mini white chocolate chips
  • 1 freezer-size Ziploc bag
  • Scissors
  • Sharp knife
  • Chopstick or skewer (or similar pointed utensil)
  • 4 plates (or one large rectangle platter)

Choose a set of 4 plates, or even a long rectangle platter if you wish to create one large masterpiece of all four seasons.

Fill a Ziploc bag with the chocolate frosting, squeeze out the extra air, and snap the bag shut.

Snip off one corner of the bag in order to pipe the frosting, and draw your tree.

Draw the basic tree template, trunk, roots, branches and twigs as you wish. You can fix up any frosting by using the chopstick or skewer, swirling designs into your “trunk” and adding details in the branches.

To make the spring tree, carefully add pomegranate seeds to your branches and to the “ground.”

To make the summer tree, slice the figs and grapes into wedges, and layer them decoratively into palm branches.

To make the fall/autumn tree, carefully scatter cornflakes around the branches and on the “ground.” Then add a few more cornflakes to make it look like the leaves are falling.

To make the winter tree, cut mini marshmallows in half and place them on and around the branches, spacing them apart to create a wintry look.

Feel free to add a snowman by cutting another fig in half, preferably using half of a smaller fig for the head. Use the end of the fig that has a stem, so it will act as a nose. Add eyes, mouth and arms by piping more chocolate frosting. For the eyes, use white sprinkles or mini white chocolate chips.

To add some detail to the trunk of the trees, simply slice a date in half and place it carefully on the trunk. This adds a nice touch and dimension.

To set this up for a Tu B’Shevat gathering or for young children, put out all your ingredients and pre-fill the Ziploc bags with frosting. Allow the children to design their own trees, and choose which “seasonal ingredients” they want to decorate with.

Wishing everyone a beautiful Tu B’Shevat!

Chana is a proud wife and mother living in Mill Valley, California. She is inspired by the colors and textures of everyday life, and loves sharing her creative ideas with her community. Chana writes DIY projects, crafts and recipes celebrating her Jewish life and shlichus on her blog Chana’s Art Room, and is the co-director of Chabad of Mill Valley with her husband, Rabbi Hillel Scop. She also writes about a mother’s journey of raising a special-needs son on her other blog, Life of Blessing. She welcomes you to be a part of her creative and touching journey.
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Rabbi Me'irah San Francisco January 26, 2017

Thank you for this terrific idea! What a great idea! This is something the holiday needed! thank you! Reply

dafna soltes stein Huntington, Long Island February 6, 2015

Such magnificent creativity. I will use this with my 4th grade and 7th grade supplementary religious school students!!! Thank you Reply

Tracie Wise medford Or February 4, 2015

Tu B'Shevat Trees Thank you for sharing this because its a way to make this holiday fun and rememberable! Love it!! Reply

Chani Blotner February 3, 2015

Great idea Chana !!!! Bh awesome !!!!! I teach second grade . I love the tress cutest tubshvat project i have seen . The trees through the seasons . Reply

Anonymous Magnolia TX September 25, 2014

Tu B'Shevat Fruit Plates You are truly a culinary artist. Thanks for sharing. Reply

Adel Miami January 19, 2014

I love your creative job You did a wonderful job Chana... Thanks for sharing with us. I like your beautiful idea.
Keep on creating. Reply

Chana Scop Mill Valley, CA January 18, 2014

Thank You to Everyone! Thank you for all your comments, fabulous suggestions and ideas!
I hope you all had a beautiful Tu'B'shevat!
All the best,

Anonymous January 17, 2014

cute. Reply

Martha Clark Austin, TX January 16, 2014

Lovely! These fruit plates are just beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing, Chana! :) Reply

Anonymous January 16, 2014

WOW! I made this with my 11-12 year old students! Everyone really enjoyed making and eating it. I switched the cornflakes for sundried yellow raisins - to also be one of the Shivas Haminim. They made for the perfect fall leaves! Reply

Hadassah North Miami Beach January 16, 2014

healthy? You could use chummus piped with a bag and have a lighter colored tree. or add a little cocoa or carob powder to whipped cream cheese. (not that it is readily available in Ft. Meyers!) Wish I had seen this last night before our party. We just cut up our bananas, sliced the grapes, apples, and used orange wedges and let the kids make faces and people. Reply

Leah January 16, 2014

Fantastic Job ! Very creative, beautiful and so edible Reply

Anonymous bk, ny via January 16, 2014

Making holidays fun... love your ideas !! looking forward to next year..i saw something similar with the tree made of pretzels... Reply

yael Brooklyn January 16, 2014

love this idea thanks for sharing it, so creative and beautiful and fun for the kids!!! Reply

Anonymous January 16, 2014

Thank you for sharing Blessed to see this. Very nice. Thanks! Reply

miriam usa January 16, 2014

Healthier Ideas I have had success using date spread as a substitute for chocholate frosting. You will possibly need to thin it out a little (maybe putting it into a blender to make sure it is smoohtly thined). Coconut flakes or shreds would work for the snow effect and if you don't mind going dairy cheese would do well too. If you are like me and rarely have cornflakes in the house Almond flakes would possibly do it . Parenthetically, i like the idea so much that dinner might become tree themed, and I might get the construction paper out too!
Thanks for getting me thinking! :) Reply

Josefina Ramírez Cedillo Cd. Reynosa, Tam. Mexico January 16, 2014

Tu B’Shevat Fruit Plates
Wishing for you a beautiful Tu B’Shevat!
Beatiful Creations!!
Thank You Chana Reply

Chana Scop January 15, 2014

Thanks for great suggestions! Thanks everyone for your comments!
Definitely can substitute any natural healthy icing for the duncan hines (which I personally never use:).
And carob pieces would be great as well!
You can also make the tress out of sunflower butter, giving the tree bark a lighter hue.
This would also be a nut free choice. Reply

Anonymous Brooklyn January 14, 2014

yummy... Soo creative...maybe some of the Sugary parts can be exchanged with healthier the tree shape with carob pieces( buxser)..or carob based spread/date spread..etc
Thank you! Reply

Malka Forshner Fort Myers January 14, 2014

beautiful.......and inspirational! I'd like to make this, but without the Duncan hines frosting....perhaps some healthier ingredients blended together.....young coconut, coconut oil, carob powder, and agave? any ideas about this anyone? Reply

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