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Fruit Jack-O'-Lanterns

Fruit Jack-O'-Lanterns

Forget pumpkins! Get creative with fruits and veggies for your next Lantern Fest! (Lantern fests exist, don't they?)MORE+LESS-

Updated September 4, 2014

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    For the pineapple, lop off the top with a knife and scoop out the pulp with an ice-cream scoop. Using a paring knife, carve whatever kind of face you prefer! Use a cinnamon stick as a nose, if you're feeling wacky. Stick a tea light inside the pineapple and voila, lantern!

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    For the orange bell pepper, lop off the top with a knife and pull out the seeds and ribs on the inside. Again, using a paring knife, carefully carve out a silly face in the pepper. Totes easy. Using a pencil, poke a hole in the bottom of the pepper and stick a white candle through it. Done!

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    For the grapefruit, Slice off the top with a paring knife and scoop out the pulp with a spoon. (drink the pulp while you're at it.) Using a straw, poke little holes in the fruit, creating a little face. Pretty cute, eh? Stick a tea light candle down in it, light, and you have a lantern!

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    For the orange, slice off the top with a paring knife, and scoop out the pulp. (drink, drink) Go ahead and slice off a tiny hole in the bottom of the orange and wiggle the tea light candle into place, taking us less space inside the fruit. Carve your desired face with the knife, light and there's your lantern. Success!

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  • Wait a minute: Jack-o-Lanterns….with fruit?

    Oh heck yeah, with fruit! Unless you're Hulk Hogan and can lug 439 pumpkins around, I say go the lighter route and carve some fruit and veggies instead. Plus you can eat the innards and be all healthy and stuff.

    These little lanterns are pretty genius because they are so small, you really only need a pairing knife and a spoon or ice-cream scoop to do the dirty work. I even used a straw on one lantern. A STRAW, you guys.

    Is that….clapping I hear?

    Let's do this.

    The cast of characters: A pineapple, an orange bell pepper, a grapefruit, and an orange. They don't seem too frightened, do they?

    I started with the orange bell pepper, and you know what? Even if his smile is pretty jank, I was only warming up. And it's all about the fun, right? RIGHT? Mini tip: using a pencil, poke a small hole in the bottom of the pepper, and shove a white birthday candle up in it. That way there's not a huge tea light candle taking up all the room.

    Next we have the pineapple prepping. I found that using an ice-cream scoop worked best. AND, I saved all the pulpy insides for a breakfast smoothie. SCORE.

    WHOA. Look at Mr. Pineapple Lantern Man. I gave him some attitude…along the lines of Wilson, from Cast Away. That's a cinnamon stick as his nose. I couldn't stop myself.

    Awww, and then we have sweetie-face grapefruit baby lantern. This little guy had the straw action. After a quick scoop of the pulp, the straw made for the cutest little eyes, nose and mouth holes. I giggled (too much) during the making of him.

    Quick tip on making an orange-o-lantern: If you use a pairing knife and slice off a tiny hole in the bottom, the candle can fit right in, taking up less space inside the fruit. Nifty, eh?

    Are you laughing? Because I am. Look at his mouth. And his nose is the stem nubbin' thingy. How are you not at least grinning?

    And finally, the entire group, together for their glamour shots. They’re practically glowing. BA-DOMP.


    Make these this Halloween! With your kids, on a date, alone. Just make it happen!

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    Bev believes that any fruit or veggie can exhibit true personality. Well, after a face-lift, that is. For more musings, visit her blog at Bev Cooks and her Tablespoon profile.

Easy Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

This Easy Fruit Dip is always a hit at potlucks, parties, and for an after school snack. It’s a great way to entice kids to eat more fruit. A little creamy sweetness goes a long way to enhance the natural flavors of the fruit.

We have a few tips for making this Easy Cream Cheese Fruit Dip. First, and most importantly, soften the cream cheese. This makes all the difference. See our 3 methods below. Second, make the fruit dip at least one hour prior to serving to bring out the citrus flavors in the dip. And third, store the dip in an airtight container in the fridge, separate from the fruit, for up to a week. Last of all, serve this dip with fresh, seasonal fruit.

What to Do With Your Leftover Jack-O-Lanterns

Halloween is now behind us, and the country is littered with soon-to-be-rotting pumpkins. Before you toss your soggy jack-o-lantern in the trash, check out these alternatives:

If your pumpkin has been carved and sat out for more than 24 hours, don’t eat it.

But that doesn’t mean you have to throw it away.

If you painted instead of carving, the uses of your pumpkin are endless!

Obviously, you could remove and roast the pumpkin seeds – everyone loves roasted pumpkin seeds. But you could also use the flesh of the pumpkin to make pumpkin puree, a valuable ingredient with countless uses.

Why should you eat your old Halloween decorations? Pumpkins are amazingly healthy!

Note: Don’t compost or bury painted pumpkins – the paint could be toxic to plants.

Pumpkin puree is a primary ingredient in almost any pumpkin recipe, from breads to pies to soups. Follow these steps to turn a painted pumpkin into pumpkin puree:

Since pumpkin has so many nutrients, it’s a wonderful brain food. Be smarter with C2’s favorite pumpkin recipes!

Pumpkin-Cranberry Bread

This recipe can either make 2 loaves of pumpkin bread or roughly 18-24 pumpkin muffins!

Health tips: To make this recipe even healthier, substitute whole wheat flour instead of the all-purpose flour – the bread is so dense that you’ll never taste the difference. For added health benefits, add ¼ – ½ cup of milled flax seeds, which contain omega-3 fatty acids and tons of fiber. The use of honey and maple syrup as the primary sweeteners make this recipe healthier than standard pumpkin bread recipes because these sugar products are less processed and have added health benefits. Maple syrup contains several minerals, including iron, calcium, zinc, manganese and potassium. Honey has antibacterial properties and contains vitamins B-6 and C.

Dry Ingredients

3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 ½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground ginger
¾ cup dried cranberries (can substitute other dried fruit or nuts)

Wet Ingredients

2/3 cup water
1 cup vegetable or canola oil
4 eggs
1 cup honey
1 cup maple syrup
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups pumpkin puree

Health tips: The onion and garlic in this recipe gives additional health benefits – they have tons of properties that help to prevent disease, infection, and illness. For an added health boost, consider making your own chicken stock the vegetables and herbs in homemade stock offer greater health benefits than store bought. If calories are a concern, substitute 1% or 2% milk for the whole milk – the resulting soup will be a bit thinner and less creamy.

2 tbsp. olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups pumpkin puree
4 cups chicken stock
1 cup whole milk or half and half
1 tbsp. dried thyme
Salt and pepper to taste

How to Carve Pineapple and Melon Jack-o’-Lanterns This Halloween

For the whole month of October our minds are filled with thoughts of dressing up in costumes, spooking people, trick-or-treating and, of course, carving pumpkins. But then we thought, what if we carved fruits instead of pumpkins? We gave it a whirl and were instantly obsessed with the extremely cute results. As you might have known, this summer we went crazy about everything and anything pineapple. Let’s just say we are beyond excited that this special fruit got to join in on the fall festivities )

Materials + Tools:

– fruit! (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple)


1. Cut the top off of your choice of fruit.

2. Use the knife to cut around the inside edge of the fruit. Score the fruit and remove with a melon baller.

3. Once you’ve hollowed out your fruit, draw a face on the front and carve out eyes, nose and a mouth with a knife — just like a pumpkin!

Now, let’s get this fruit party started. Cut the top off of your fruit and use a knife and melon baller to hollow it out. You can also use a mini ice cream scoop.

Choose your favorite spooky jack-o-latern face and carve it out of your fruit.

If you feel like even more quirkiness and color, give your pineapple an extra funky ‘do by spray painting the palm leaves a bright color.

Next up, another summer favorite: watermelon. We were inspired by the Kool-Aid Man (learn how to make his costume here!) when carving this watermelon’s face.

Don’t forget about the melons! As creepy as it sounds, honeydew has an excellent skin for carving. Its greenish hues are perfect for a spooky alternative to your traditional jack-o-latern.

Cantaloupe was also a crowd favorite. The texture of this fruit makes for a good mummy or skeleton head. And yes, that is a ’90s-inspired smiley face.

These fineapple fruits are the cutest jack-o-lanterns we’ve ever seen. They’re perfect for dressing up a Halloween tablescape or dessert table, or a DIY cocktail station.

Get silly with it! Add costume accessories to jazz up your Halloween fruits.

The honeydew wanted to get in on the fineapple action. He’s a little jealous of the pineapple fan fame out in the blogosphere and is wondering, when will it be the honeydew’s turn?!

Bald clown or blue clown? Both are equally as creepy!

Oh watermelon, whatta face!

We challenge you to carve any and all fruits and vegetables you can! Share photos with us using the hashtag #iamcreative and as always leave questions and comments below.

Step 1: Drain juice from 1 cup cherries, 1 cup pineapple, 1 cup sliced canned peaches and 1 cup sliced canned apricots.

Step 2: In a large bowl, mix fruit with 1 cup sugar and brandy to taste.

Step 3: Mix well and store in covered container at room temperature. Stir daily.

Step 4: Every 3 weeks, add 1 more cup sugar and 1 more cup of fruit (can be any type of fruit, or a mix), as the contents diminsh. Stir well. Keeps indefinitely.

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