Orange O’Lanterns – a Halloween Treat

Are you looking for a fun, healthy Halloween treat? Look no further than these Orange O’Lanterns.

When my daughter was in preschool Halloween party I signed up to bring a snack, but was not sure what I was going to bring. Most people were bring sweets, so I was asked to to bring fruit.

Orange O'Lanterns

I found a recipe for “Snack O’Lantern” oranges on Family Fun. The website is no longer live, but the basics of the recipe are simple. I made a few adaptations for my use. 


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Orange O’Lantern Recipe

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Orange O'Lanterns
Oranges carved like Jack O'Lanterns and filled with fruit
Orange O'Lanterns
Course Appetizer
Keyword Halloween
Servings
Ingredients
Course Appetizer
Keyword Halloween
Servings
Ingredients
Orange O'Lanterns
Instructions
  1. Slice off a small flap on the bottom of each orange so that it will sit flat.
  2. Cut open the top of each orange like a Jack O'Lantern Pumpkin
  3. Hollow out each orange and place the fruit in a large bowl
  4. Carve a pumpkin face on each orange
  5. Fill with orange tidbits and other fruits
  6. Cover with the orange tops
Recipe Notes

Pumpkin Carving tools were a great choice to carve the oranges. They worked much better than a knife.

Kitchen shears are helpful for cutting out the orange from inside the cup


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I made a few modifications to the original “recipe”. I sliced a small sliver off of the bottom in order to make the cup stand up straight. The original recipe called for canned fruit, but I used fresh grapes and the orange I removed.

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When I carved the orange with a knife I had a hard time getting detail done. When I made them for my next event, I used pumpkin carving tools to carve the faces instead of a knife. It was much easier. 

You can add a festive touch with green spoons as the stem. 

While they turned out adorably, they took quite a while to carve 20 small faces. I recommend this snack for a small group – 5-10 kids.

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Anna Mae

Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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