• Brittany Sparks, RD

Spooky Halloween Fruit Tray


Looking for a fun Spooky Halloween platter to bring to any parties this weekend? Here is a simple and spooky party platter that is as fun to eat as it is to look at! Mandarin oranges with strawberry tongues, cantaloupe pumpkins, gutted pineapples, oh my! My kids loved this as well as the adults. This is a fun way to get a little fruit into those candy filled Halloween parties!

Spooky Mandarin Orange Mouths

For the spooky mouths I placed half of a mandarin onto the plastic vampire teeth and topped with a thinly sliced piece of strawberry for the tongue. Super simple but so fun! You can gently position the tongue up or down for more of an effect.

Did you know that mandarins are a lower potassium fruit? One small mandarin orange only has 126 mg of Potassium for those with kidney disease on potassium restricted diets this is a kidney friendly snack!

Gutted Pineapple with Pumpkin Cantaloupe

I picked a really ripe pineapple with wilted leaves to make this as I thought the hair looked better, and the pineapple was super sweet.

Directions:

  • You need to cut the pineapple in half leaving the leaves in place. Next scoop out the pineapple with a spoon or melon baller, I prefer the melon baller as it was easier to get out the pineapple and still have it look nice. Make sure to cut out and discard the hard center core of the pineapple.

  • For the eyes I used a hard candy type that I found at Walmart. You get about 30 eyes for under a dollar.

  • For the pumpkins I used a small pumpkin cookie cutter about 1 inch wide. To make: Cut the cantaloupe in half and remove the seeds with a spoon. Next cut the cantaloupe into thin 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices. Then press the cookie cutter though the cantaloupe to make the pumpkins. Top with blueberries or any berry of your choice.

Gutted Pineapple with Pineapple & Blackberries

Directions:

  • For the other half of the pineapple I used the pineapple insides which I took out with a melon baller and topped with blackberries. I made a strawberry mouth by cutting a strawberry in half. See directions above for how to cut and gut the pineapple.

Pineapple is another kidney friendly fruit for those following a potassium restricted diet. A one cup serving of pineapple has 180 mg of potassium.

So if you want to show off this year get a little creative with the spooky Halloween fruit platter! I placed a bowl of spider rings in the center for an extra spooky effect and for a fun treat for the kiddos to take home. The vampire teeth, spiders and candy eyes I bought at Walmart all for under 5 bucks. Happy Halloween Everyone!!


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