Snack-o’-Lantern Fruit Cups

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Snack O' Lantern Fruit Cups

When I saw this recipe in a magazine at my mom’s house, I knew it would be perfect for our annual pumpkin carving party. Since I already had a few desserts planned, I needed something healthier – like fruit! These were fun and easy to carve. But, I think it was even more fun to hear everyone’s reaction to them at the party! It was a nice addition to the spread of food, and each one was a perfect single portion.

You can hollow out and carve the oranges a day ahead of time, as long as you keep them refrigerated.  Do not fill them with the fruit salad until shortly before serving (up to 2 hours before).

You must admit, these are really cute, right?

Snack-o’-Lantern Fruit Cups

Printable Recipe

Slice top off the navel orange.  Run a knife around its interior to hollow it out.  Scoop out the orange segments and reserve for filling.  Carve pumpkin face on one side of the orange. Repeat for other oranges.  Use a paper towel to gently soak up any remaining juice inside the oranges.  Dice up desired fruit, including the reserved orange segments and fill each cup.  Set the lid back on top and serve.

Source: Adapted from Disney Family Fun Magazine, October 2009

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  1. Cute! I love that it’s a HEALTHY Halloween snack!

  2. Those are so cute! Very creative!

  3. Those are so cute!

  4. Brilliant!!! How fun 🙂

  5. These are so cute!

  6. I absolutely LOVE these. Such a cute idea for fruit! I might have to make these just for myself and my husband 🙂

  7. I love this idea! I’ll shall definitely make this for Halloween this year.

  8. That is ridiculously cute. I love it!

  9. What an incredibly cute idea!!! I love it!

  10. Seriously, how cute is this idea? I love it!


  12. so cool, I like the updated site (I know, it’s been a while)

  13. Wow!! I love this idea and seems easy too! I think I might use this for the Halloween party I’m going to next weekend. I can’t show up empty handed so a healthy, cute, and appropriately themed treat is perfect! Thank you sis!

  14. this is an awesome idea! i’m making these for a friend’s pumpkin carving party that is tomorrow night.

    i bought a few pink grapefruits to experiment in addition to navel and valencia oranges. the grapefruits have thicker skins, therefore retaining their shape better once hollowed out. they are also larger and can hold more fruit. when working with oranges, its easier to accidentally take away too much of the side, causing the orange to lose its structure. however, from an aesthetic consideration, the skin of oranges tends to have richer color and nicer gradients 🙂

  15. these are darling

  16. OMG, that is too cute! Halloween is my favorite holiday and I will defiantely be making these for my kids.

  17. Sharyn Bonfonti says:

    Exactly what I was looking for—cute, easy and healthy!! These will be the hit at our office Halloween party!! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Such a cute idea!!! I can’t wait to do this for my LO.

  19. How do you keep the orange peel from drying out if you are preparing this snack ahead of time? I LOOOOOOOVE the idea though, it is so cute!

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