Thursday, April 06, 2006

Mr. Fruit Bunny


Check out Mr. Fruit Bunny! I discovered his cuteness in the latest issue of Taste of Home, and was immediately struck by what a great, healthy, vegan-friendly idea this was for Easter. The creator says, "I’ve taken it to school functions and gotten rave reviews from the youngsters." What I want to know is, how does she manage to transport Mr. Bunny so he arrives in one piece? I would probably make this fresh on location instead.

28 comments:

Shelly said...

You are a lifesaver!! This is exactly the thing to send to school for my son's spring break party. I hate sending junk food or candy, but was asked to send something 'spring themed.' I'd never seen anything like Mr. Fruit Bunny before! You rock...as usual. :) Thank you!

Anonymous said...

that is so creative! not to mention really cute and probably tasty. much better than a cake!

Rachel said...

in a tupperware sheet cake taker!

Anonymous said...

Too cute!

We celebrate the first day of spring, not Easter, but the symbolizm is the same -- I wish I'd seen this sooner :) Gosh though, you could probably make other creatures too.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I am unable to appreciate his magnificence or even see what he is made out of in that tiny picture...

Jennifershmoo said...

Sorry, it was the only picture they had. Follow the link for instructions -- he's made of all kinds of fruit!

Harini said...

Hi Jennifer,

I'm a life long vegetarian and always looking for entertaining eating for my kids. I love your site..I just wanted to point out that marischino cherries traditionally use the colorant Red 7 which is made from the shell of some sort of beetle (http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~lrd/fr060130.html
). Just in case poeple were thinking that Mr Bunny Fruit was vegan. Thanks for all your suggestions.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't one use a regular cherry for the nose?

Anonymous said...

Or a raspberry, or a small strawberry?

Jane M said...

Oh you could probally trade out all different types of fruit and still make him. What a great idea...not everyone can take all that sugar you know!

Taleia said...

Jennifer - Here's a campaign I hope you're aware of - the "Make Mine Chocolate" campaign put on by the House Rabbit Society. This is a great way of promoting kindness to animals, in keeping with the Vegan mindset. And, as someone who's rescued a few rabbits and who's heard horror (and I do mean horror) stories of so many more... it's well worth a plug.

Jen said...

Actually, there's no worries from Red 7- it doesn't come from beetles, it's a byproduct of coal. I found this out on a Kosher website and some other links- bugs aren't kosher, so it's a concern for that as well!

chang said...

Oregon Cherry Growers makes these maraschino cherries:

ingredients: cherries, water, corn syrup, vegetable and fruit concentrate added for color, natural flavor

orcherry.com

Anonymous said...

See? Not everything is the end of the world. Just put a vegan cherry on it or something else like a raspberry, which I think would make a cuter bunny nose. Are vegans always so negative?

Harini said...

Hello Anonymous,

Rather than seeing my response as a negative, just view it as education for anyone who didn't know that MOST commercial made marischino cherries use a non-vegan colorant. This is a site to share information not gross generalizations.

michellejoe said...

I love the fruit bunny! That really is perfect to take into a class party. The kids would love it! Every year I ask parents to bring fruit, cut-up veggies, etc to the class parties, but the kids don't usually touch it with all of the other junk around... this would get them interested! :)

Tori said...

This Vegan only gets negative when someone makes rude comments.

Maraschino cherries are usually almond flavored (the red ones). I just learned that, and thought it was cool. :) The green ones are mint. Yuck.

the vegan vulcan said...

I've been seeing a lot of "vegans are so such-and-such" or "are all vegans so such-and-such?" these days on the blog comments. I don't know where it's coming from, but I agree-- the negative comments are weird. I'm not really sure what's prompting them!

I love Mr. Fruit Bunny, and I wish I had an excuse to make one!

Future Adopter said...
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mallory said...

Who needs an excuse to eat fruit!? :-)

My excuse to make Mr Fruit Bunny is "Because I Want to!"

I'm trying to decide what to use instead of bananas for the ears, though. I hate bananas and can't even take the smell!!! But nothing else seems like it would create the same effect.

Jennifershmoo said...

Mallory, how about slices of cantaloupe or honeydew melon? They would curve in the same way bananas do.

veryvegan said...

Any ideas on what I could use instead of licorice?

Future Adopter said...

Instead of licorice, you could do long thin slices of all-natural vegan fruit leather (I hate that term, but that's what it's called...)/fruit rolls. Or you could use those thin pretzel sticks for the whiskers and break a piece of the thin large regular style pretzels for the mouth. You could also cut vegan chocolate into these pieces as well. I know this is to stay away from candy, but a little bit is okay for those who can have it. There are other ideas too. Free yourself to use your imagination.

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veryvegan said...

Excellent ideas, thanks future adopter!

Shelly said...

Oh, dear. There have been some negative comments. Two were deleted. Hmmm. You know what? Get over it. Vegans are VERY interested in NOT ever using animal products of any kind. That's not a negative thing. I'm not vegan, I'm ovo-lacto veg, but I have to respect the kind of committment that veganism requires. So the nit picky what ingredients are in this sort of thing isn't a negative comment. It's necessary. So they don't violate their own morals. I admire that. I aspire to that.

And the cherries I used turned out to be not vegan. Poop. I'll look for vegan marashino cherries next time, for sure.

One of the reasons I love this site is that I can get great ideas for food that doesn't harm anyone, people, animal, or insect.

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