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How To Make Inukshuk Treats For Canada Day

Updated on December 2, 2014

A Fun And Creative Party Food Idea For Canada Day Celebrations

Celebrate Canada Day with yummy and creative O Canada Inukshuk Treats. Transform boring and ordinary fruit, veggie, meat and cheese platters into a uniquely Canadian party food that will dazzle your guests and is super fun to eat.

My inspiration for these treats came from the magnificent stone monuments built by the Inuit and other indigenous peoples of the Arctic "in the likeness of a human," known as Inukshuks. They are stone structures that are built by placing large rocks on top of one another. They were typically built as markers to help navigate the hunting and fishing routes of the harsh and barren tundra climate of the Arctic, though some were built for spiritual purposes too.

I used a variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, proteins, sweets and a LOT of imagination to create these edible Inukshuk statues for our Canada Day party last year and they were a HUGE hit with the grown-ups and kids.

You can make meal times fun for your kids by serving them these cute finger food snacks. This is one way to get your kids to eat their veggies and learn a little Canadian history about the Inuit people! They don't require much instruction or skill to make and are super easy to assemble, so whether you are making 1 or 100, even the most novice 'cook' or even the kids can make these.

Inukshuk Or Inuksuk?

Both Spellings Are Correct!

Inukshuk is the English spelling and Inuksuk is the traditional Inuit spelling.

Turn Boring Old Veggie & Meat Platters Into Fun Party Appetizers For Canada Day Celebrations

You Will Need Some Toothpicks And Canadian Flag Cocktail Picks

Choose A Variety Of Fruits, Vegetables And Proteins Such As....

Carrots, Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Snap Peas, Zucchini, Cantaloupe, Strawberries, Grapes, Pineapple, Oranges, Kiwi, Cheese, Ham, Pepperoni, Hard Boiled Eggs, Pickles, Crackers

Let's Get Started!

Grab two toothpicks and choose two 'feet' that will support the statue and allow it to stand upright. You are going to want to create a column up the center, because if you don't, the toothpicks will cross and be poking out the sides. To do this, place the toothpicks near the inside edge of the feet. They need to be fairly close together to ensure they will go right up the center of the smaller pieces.

Continue threading a mixture of different size fruits and vegetables, alternating between square chunks and long rectangles, and top it off with a veggie that covers the end of the sharp toothpicks. You will need to hold the toothpicks parallel to one another as you are placing the veggies on the sticks, otherwise, they will cross.

You can even add a few mini crackers to make these a more filling snack. To do this, I used mini crackers that had small holes in the centers, which I threaded onto a separate toothpick and poked them into the tops of the Inukshuk treats.

Twist and turn the feet to find the perfect balance to stand the statues upright. I sliced the bottoms off the tomatoes to make them flat so they would stand up on the plates. Serve them with a tasty ranch dip on the side. Our favorite veggie dip is Litehouse Jalapeno Ranch Dressing.

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Use Edible "Glue" Instead Of Toothpicks

You can use cream cheese, peanut butter, Nutella or your favorite spread to build the Inukshuk structures. I used melted chocolate chips to glue the Candy & Chocolate Inukshuk Treats together as pictured below.

How To Make "O Canada Candy & Chocolate Inukshuk Treats

You will need an assortment of soft candies and chocolates. I used mini Rolo chocolates, Kit Kat candy bars, red licorice, red gummies and strawberry marshmallow candies.

Let's Get Building!

Build these sweet little Inukshuks the same way as the fruit and veggie ones. You will need to use soft gummy candies which you can poke a toothpick through.

I used a variety of different red colored candy, though next time I would use a mixture of red and white candy together.

To make the Chocolate Inukshuk Treats, I used a combination of chocolate and red candy which I cut into different sizes. You will not be able to use toothpicks in chocolates that have gooey centers or that crumble. Instead, use a few melted chocolate chips and glue the treats together. Start by painting a dollop of melted chocolate on the two bottom feet using a paintbrush.

Place a rectangular shaped piece of a chocolate bar or Twizzler licorice on top of the feet. Keep gluing and adding more candies until it is the height you like.

The melted chocolate chips only take a few minutes to harden enough to move them. Gently place them upright in a container and place them in the fridge for 30 minutes to completely set them before serving.

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More Pictures Of The Canada Day Party Treats I Served

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Thread Some Veggies And Meat Into The Shape Of An Inukshuk Onto A Couple Of Skewer And Toss Them On The BBQ To Make Some Tasty Grilled Inukshuk Kabobs!

Use a couple of bamboo or metal skewers instead of toothpicks, fire up the barbeque and toss them on the grill for a delicious Grilled Inukshuk Kabob. Use an assortment of chicken or beef cubes and your favorite grilled veggies. I like making skewers with chicken, peppers, onions, mushrooms and pineapple. Yum!

© 2013 Corrinna Johnson

Thanks for visiting...Please let me know what you think of this fun party food idea for Canada Day barbeques!

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      Courtney Kramer 7 months ago

      These look awesome! I love how they connect to our unique culture and diverse society.

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      DebMartin 3 years ago

      These are great! Especially the sweets. ;-)

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      jasminscreation 3 years ago

      What a cute idea!

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      Laura Brown 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I got a note saying this lens is my #1200 SquidLike. A very worthy lens for it! Great idea to write about. I'm adding a link to my Facebook and Scoopit pages.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Clever and adorable! Great how to lens!

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      This is really cute!!

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      Corrinna Johnson 4 years ago from BC, Canada

      @anonymous: Stone statues created to mark the land "in the likeness of people" by the Inuit race from Northern Canada for navigation during hunting and fishing expeditions in earlier times.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What's an inukshuk?

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      Linda Hoxie 4 years ago from Idaho

      Corrina, these are so cute and clever. I bet they are a huge hit at parties. What a fun idea! Awesome lens!

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      May Matthew 4 years ago

      The treats look very festive and delicious!

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      audrey07 4 years ago

      These are fun. Kids will definitely love them!

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      Natural_Skin_Care 4 years ago

      Oh my, I need to visit Canada. You guys have far superior treats that we do in the US.

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      sue826 lm 4 years ago

      These are interesting. My mom was from Canada. :)

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      These are super-cool. I will declare myself an honorary Canadian just for the day - a new Commonwealth tradition.

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      tomoxby 4 years ago

      Love these creative Inukshuk food ideas, never heard of them before. I particularly like your photos of the before and after party appetizers. I usually go cycling followed by a potluck dinner with friends on Canada Day weekend so I now have something to bring this year that is a little different.

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      LisaDH 4 years ago

      What a fun idea!! I might have to start celebrating Canada Day just so I have an excuse to try this. ;-)

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Cute as can be - pinned to my Canada board.