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. 

Orange O’Lantern Recipe

Orange O'Lanterns
Serves 4
Oranges carved like Jack O'Lanterns and filled with fruit
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  1. 4 Oranges
  2. Sliced Grapes or other assorted fruit cut in small bits
  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
  7. Serve
  1. Pumpkin Carving tools were a great choice to carve the oranges. They worked much better than a knife.
  2. Kitchen shears are helpful for cutting out the orange from inside the cup
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I made a few modifications to the “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 oranges.


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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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