~ These Franken-kiwis are an easy, really cute, healthy Halloween treat! And so fun to make – like yummy little Halloween craft projects! They’re perfect for Halloween fruit trays, fun after-school snacks, and as edible Halloween party decorations! ~
This Recipe Is: • Ready in 30 Minutes or Less • Includes Make-Ahead Steps • Vegetarian •
The key word here is little … it was just my daughter and me! (Isn’t it seriously the best when your tiny babies begin to grow up into real, whole, independent people … and it turns out that, not only do you love them beyond belief, but you also really like the people they’ve become and totally enjoy hanging out with them?!? Yay – score one for parenthood! 😀 )
So anyway … this two-person party …
I’d just finished my mad-scientist experiments with Apple Mummies (a raging success, so I was feeling highly motivated and adventuresome!).
As I peered in the vegetable crisper (oooooh … the possibilities …) and the fruit drawer (even more possibilities there!), I knew just the person to join me in my Halloween-foodie-experimentations (aka my party). My daughter is amazingly creative, so I figured that if she couldn’t help me turn fruits and veggies into monstrously spook-tacular eats … well, probably nobody could!
We started the festivities by cutting up some leftover Apple Mummy apples and dipping them in Sugared-Vanilla Fruit Dip and Peanut Butter Silk Pie Dip. Mmmmmmm … every party should begin with good munchies!
And then we were ready to really get our Halloween-party-meets-mad-scientist-laboratory going!
While she carved fruit and turned tiny tomatoes into spiders, I poked around in the fridge, hoping to find even one limp stalk of celery. I could just imagine that celery (being green, ya know) could somehow become Frankenstein’s monster.
Sadly, no celery.
My first problem was what to use for hair. What would I use??? (Please don’t laugh at me. I really and truly thought about that for a moment.)
Oh, right (slaps forehead)! Kiwis come with hair!
Once I’d worked through that little mental hurdle, the rest was a breeze! I’ve pretty much always got some pretzel sticks milling around in the pantry. Perfect! And, those mini chocolate chips and dried wild blueberries I’d used for mummy eyeballs looked like they’d work perfectly for my little Frankensteins, too! In a couple minutes flat, I had a Franken-kiwi!
And thus, our little party progressed, as my daughter and I gleefully raided the fridge and tried all sorts of Halloween-inspired snack creations (some more successful than others). By the time our other late-arriving partygoers showed up (that would be my son … remember, it was a small party!), we had cute, healthy monsters and ghosties galore!
And yeah – thanks to that fun little afternoon hanging with my daughter in the kitchen, I’ve got a few more Halloween treats to share with you, too! As in, you might want to check back this Thursday … and again next Halloween … and maybe even the year after that …
If you’re hunting down more healthy, adorable, and terrifyingly delicious Halloween ideas, you’ve gotta check out our 17 Spook-tacular, Healthy Halloween Treats, Snacks and Beverages, featuring some of the best Halloween ideas we’ve seen from top bloggers across the blogosphere. Plus, you definitely have to try our Apple Mummies, Apple Monsters, Spooky Spider Veggie Dip, and Ghostly Halloween Fruit Dip … totally darling and so easy, I promise!
Hope all your Halloween parties are a smashing success, and all your tiny goblins enjoy at least a few healthy treats in between those gummy bears and candy bars!
- Pretzel sticks (and thicker "dipping sticks" if desired)
- Mini chocolate chips or dried wild blueberries
- Slice one end off each kiwi, so the kiwi sits upright and flat.
- Beginning at the cut end of the kiwi, use a vegetable peeler to remove some of the kiwi's fuzzy skin. As you get toward the top third of the kiwi, pull the skin away in little jagged bits so that the skin remaining at the top of the kiwi will look like messy Frankenstein hair.
- For the mouth: Break a pretzel stick into a small piece (roughly about ½" to ¾" long), and gently push that piece lengthwise into your kiwi to make a mouth.
- For the bolts: Break another pretzel stick (or a thicker pretzel "dipping stick") so you have two end pieces that are each about ½" long. Shove those into your kiwi (broken end first), one low on each side of your kiwi, to form the bolts in your Frankenstein's neck.
- For the eyes: Use two chocolate chips or two dried wild blueberries for eyes, gently pushing each into position above the pretzel mouth.
Make ahead: These Franken-kiwis stay fresh-looking for several hours if kept in the fridge, all except for the pretzel components, which start to get just a little soggy after an hour or two. So, if you'd like to make these ahead of time (for a fruit tray, Halloween party platter, etc.), we recommend that you wait to add the mouth and bolts to your Frankensteins until closer to party time.