If your kids, like mine, are begging for the brightly colored candy corns that seem to be everywhere in October, then try making these cute candy corn-inspired fruit skewers as a healthy alternative.
Chunks of bright yellow mango, mandarin orange and peeled apples are easily cut and arranged on toothpicks to resemble their sugar-laden counterparts. But these candy corn snacks are all-natural, so kids can eat as many as they want. Even my 1-year-old loves them!
To make the fruit skewers, you will need some toothpicks, a knife, a vegetable peeler, an apple, a can of mandarin oranges and a mango. Make sure to choose an apple that will be white when peeled, like a Granny Smith or Fuji. You also want a mango that is ripe; otherwise it will appear white or green when peeled instead of yellow.
Start by peeling the mango with a vegetable peeler. Do this step over a cutting board or bowl, not the garbage can, as mangoes can get slippery as you peel them. Some people have a sensitivity to mango tree sap, so you may want to wash your hands after this step in case there was any sap on the peel.
Now cut the mango flesh off from around the large pit. Start by cutting the 2 wider and flatter sides straight down. Then cut off the narrow sides following the curve of the pit.
Next, peel your apple. Cut off 2 sides, and then cut each side into 1 or 2 flat circles, depending on the size of your apple. You need them to be at least 1/2 inch thick so they will stay on the toothpick. You can use the thinner sides of the apple as well; they just won’t form perfect points as easily.
Drain your mandarin oranges, and place an orange segment against 1 of the apple circles. Cut a slight curve to follow the rounded edge of the orange segment so they will nestle up against each other on the toothpick.
Now cut a triangle out of the apple, following the edges of your orange segment, so the orange wedge and apple together make 1 triangle.
Place the orange wedge and apple against 1 of your mango pieces, and cut off a chunk of mango that again follows the lines of the orange and apple to make 1 larger triangle shape.
Thread the fruit onto a toothpick, with mango on the bottom, orange in the middle and apple on top. Repeat until you are out of fruit.
Candy corn fruit skewers recipe
Halloween treats don’t have to be unhealthy. Surprise your kids with these cute candy corn-inspired fruit skewers. Make sure to choose a ripe mango that will be nice and yellow when you peel it.
Total time: 30 minutes
Ingredients and supplies:
- 1 mango
- 1 apple
- 1 can mandarin oranges, drained
- Vegetable peeler
- Paring knife
- Peel the mango, and slice around the pit to make 4 large chunks.
- Peel the apple, and cut it into large 1/2-inch-thick slices.
- Drain the mandarin oranges.
- Using an orange segment as your template for size and shape, cut a triangle out of 1 of your apple circles. This triangle will be the point of your candy corn. Slice the bottom edge of the apple triangle to be rounded so it fits against the curve of the orange segment.
- Now use the orange segment and apple point as your template to cut out a piece of mango for the bottom layer of the candy corn.
- Thread each piece of fruit onto a toothpick so the mango is on the bottom, the orange is in the middle and the apple point is on top.
- Repeat with additional chunks of fruit and toothpicks until you run out of one or all the fruits.