National Something on a Stick Day

Now, this could mean anything from a wrapper on a stick of gum to some tree bark. For me, I naturally think food! From breakfast to snacks to dinner, all sorts of yumminess can be yours on a stick.


Naturally, you may choose the traditional lamb or beef or chicken kebabs… or Buffalo chicken tenders or teriyaki beef or Margarita chicken or a corn dog or mini meatballs with marina sauce or grilled shrimp or scallops. WAIT! Wrap those shrimp or scallops in bacon before grilling them on a stick. Or wrap a fresh chunk of pineapple or a chicken liver (if you must) or a water chestnut… in bacon.

But we can start at breakfast…. Tried grilled French toast chunks on skewers… with bacon or fruit. Or churros and chocolate. Or melon balls. Or strawberries……… and anything. Or mini cupcakes. Or fried chicken and waffles. Or any grilled fruit (mmmmm… both pineapple and peaches rock the block).


Get basic… A popsicle or ice cream bar are super hits on sticks. Or choose a candied apple! You could always satisfy a sweet tooth urge with chocolate-dipped marshmallows on a stick. (I’m sorry. Had we lost sight of this being “something on a stick” day?

Okay. It’s Tapas Time…. Try Caprese sticks with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and basil leaves. Or a skewer of Buffalo cauliflower. Or apple and cheddar cheese chunks. Or feta, mint and watermelon chunks. Or prosciutto-wrapped breadsticks!!!!! WHAT!!???!

Let’s wrap up with the basics.  Crispy-edged, soft-centered pretzel bites (with beer cheese on the side for dipping) and for the dessert chaser? Serve up a skewer or two of fresh strawberries and brownie chunks. Well, yeah!

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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