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Is shrimp cocktail a mainstay of your holiday party table? And are you a little bored with the same old dish?

This year, try something different. We start with the same easy, precooked shrimp, but this time they get tossed with a zesty Jamaican-style seasoning blend and skewered with cubes of tangy mango and cool, crunchy cucumber. Add a touch of zippy pepper and nobody will suffer from yet-another-shrimp-cocktail syndrome.

> Caribbean Shrimp Skewers

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon dry ginger

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

10 ounces peeled and deveined cooked medium shrimp

6 Peppadew peppers, quartered

2 mangoes, peeled and cubed

1/2 English cucumber, cut in half-moon slices

In a medium bowl, stir together the garlic powder, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, thyme, cayenne, black pepper and salt. Pat dry the shrimp (this will help the spices stick), then toss in the spice mixture.

On 4-inch skewers or picks, place a piece of pepper, then a piece of mango, a piece of cucumber and finally 3 spiced shrimp.

Makes 24 skewers.

Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 30 calories; 5 calories from fat (10 percent of total calories); no fat (no saturated; no trans fats); 20mg cholesterol; 4g carbohydrate; 3g protein; 1g fiber; 85mg sodium.