Do you want to make healthy Halloween snacks for your kids' class party? Are you tired of all the unhealthy orange, purple and green cupcake frosting that your kids consume at their school Halloween party before going out and getting a sack full of candy? Are you scared they’ll never speak to you again if you’re “that mom” who brings apples? If you’ve got some artistic flair and a strong grip, you can make a fun, spooky, healthy Halloween snacks with just a watermelon, knife, and potato peeler.
- A wet watermelon is slippery, which is not ideal when you're going at it with a sharp knife. At any point if you wash the watermelon or notice it slipping, pat it dry with a paper towel.
- Consider wearing goggles.
- Because you are going to be carving at odd angles, you really need to think before you make every cut. Stop, check where your other thumb and fingers are, and make sure they are no where near the path where you're about to drag that blade.
Step 1: Decide on the size of the watermelon you need. There are full sized ones if you’re having a large group or if it will be the only food being served for your party. However, if there will be other treats there, a mini watermelon should be enough for a small classroom.
Step 3: I promise it gets easier from this point on.
You might notice that the white rind you’ve exposed still has some greenish bits. Go back and peel another thin later to clear off the green. It does not need to be perfect (in fact, depending on the melon you chose, there might not be a layer of TRUE white).
Step 6: Evaluate your cut. Can you see enough of the red flesh for your liking? If so, make the rest of your cuts the way you made this one. If not, go back over your cut either a little wider, a little deeper, or both.
Step 7: Take a look at a picture of a cartoon brain. Notice how the rest of the lines are arranged into arches and branch out. Also notice there is some symmetry, but it’s not a perfect mirror image. Draw lines with a chopstick or similar implement as a “rough draft” before you make the rest of your cuts.
Step 8: Start slicing. Cut the lines out at the same depth and angle as in step 6. As much as possible, use a "dragging" motion with the knife to create smooth lines. Avoid "sawing" up and down as you cut, because this will create jagged lines and gouges in the red flesh.
Step 10: Step back and admire your healthy Halloween snacks for a moment before it’s devoured. Then serve your culinary artwork with your best zombie impression.