Spring is here! Which can only mean one thing: picnic season. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re big fans of feasting al fresco, even if it means huddling in the snow during winter. But these days, the weather is getting warm, the sun is coming out, and there’s a patch of grass with our name on it.
Over the years, we’ve experimented with the most portable, packable foods. We’ve put things in glasses and Tupperware. (And okay, we had a huge Mason jar phase.) But the one method that will never go out of style? Sticks. And skewers. And kebabs. So pack your baskets and grab a blanket — we’ve rounded up our favorite foods, from fondue to popsicles, that you can wield like a sword. It’s picnic time, y’all.
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Is it just us, or is everything cuter when bite-sized? Joy the Baker takes the traditional, unwieldy round of baked brie and shrinks it down to flaky, gooey treats on popsicle sticks. We’re in love.
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You’ve had caprese. You’ve had kebabs. But Pass the Sushi combines the two to make a genius springtime appetizer.
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Chipotle Lime Chicken
Nothing says warm-weather feasting like grilled kebabs, and How Sweet Eats has just the thing: zesty chipotle lime chicken skewers, paired with creamy avocado ranch. Hello, spring.
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What can we say? We’re fond of fondue, and Jelly Toast makes us feel slightly better about it by using granola bars for dipping. Because the health benefits totally make up for drowning them in melted chocolate and sprinkles, right?
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OK, we admit it. Pocky is kind of cheating, since everyone’s favorite Japanese cookie isn’t eaten on a stick — it is one. But it’s portable; it’s snackable; it’s dipped in chocolate and chili flakes. What more can you ask for? Thanks, My Name Is Yeh!
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Easier to make than it is to pronounce, gyudon is thinly-sliced beef infused with homemade dashi. It’s usually served with rice, but Pepper takes things to the next level with rice balls. On a stick. With beef. Sign us up.
There’s always money in the banana stand, and we’d bet our last dollar on Love and Lemons’ classic frozen bananas. This is a springtime picnic dessert if we’ve ever seen one.
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Well, duh. Good Life Eats gives the fruit bar a rich, chocolate twist.
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