If you’ve ever wondered how to make pumpkin carving a bit easier and less messy, this post is for you!
Sometimes the whole process is just too much, but the experience is still worth having. Whether you just need a simpler version this year or have little ones who may struggle with carving those big, hard pumpkins, this is a great alternative. Instead of using a pumpkin, use oranges as the object of your carving creation. They look cute, smell great, and don’t create as much of a mess (while still being just a little messy thanks to the juice)! It wouldn’t be fun if there wasn’t some sort of mess involved, right?
Fruit salad blend of your choice
Cut a slice off the top section of each orange so it is just below the rind with the fruit slightly showing. Scoop out all of the fruit inside with a spoon, and use a knife to get the fruit off the side walls. Do this over a plate to catch the juice, and empty any extra juice out of the orange as well. Using a sharp knife, cut out the shape of eyes, nose, and a mouth so it goes all the way through the peel but not through to the other side. Remove any of these pieces that fall inside the orange. Fill the carved orange with the fruit salad so that the Jack-o-Lantern orange acts as the fruit bowl. Serve immediately.
Variation: Use an orange bell pepper instead of an orange and fill with cut-up vegetables or a salad.