Oct 26

6 Spooky Food Ideas for Halloween Food Fun

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Disembodied Buddha's Hand Citron

I am always looking for ways to play with my food.  What can I say?  I refuse to grow up!  With Halloween right around the corner, there are so many fun things that can be done with food.  When my friends at Frieda’s Specialty Produce Company told me they were launching a Spooky Foods Campaign, I couldn’t resist getting in on the fun.  Frieda’s is sharing ideas for home decor and tablescaping, recipes, and creative ways to have Halloween fun with your food on their Facebook page.  If you go over and share your best spooky food tip on their wall, you could win a Spooky Foods goodie bag!   This week we’ve been playing with a few of Frieda’s spooky foods, and the Fujilings think they’re just about the best things they’ve ever seen.

Buddha’s Hand—A crazy looking citrus fruit with fingerlike protrusions that is all rind and pith, no flesh!  So it’s not really for eating, but think of all the things you could do with the fragrant rind!

Buddha's Hand CitronUnderside of a Buddha's Hand

Kiwano Horned Melon—This melon has a hard spiky orange rind . . . and by spiky, I mean ouch!  The inside sports a beautiful green pulp with seeds that is described as a cross between the flavors of banana, lime, and cucumber.

Kiwano Horned MelonInside of Kiwano Horned Melon

Black Garlic—Whole heads of garlic that have been aged in a special fermentation process for a month, which turns the cloves black and makes them sweet and savory with a great creamy, slightly chewy texture.  The flavor will knock your socks off!

Black GarlicBlack Garlic cloves

Rambutan—This hairy looking fruit has a hard shell under those hairlike extensions which protects a sweet, juicy flesh that reminds me of a peeled grape, except better.  This fruit does have a large seed in the middle, so be warned!


These foods provide endless opportunities for Halloween fun, so I thought I’d share a few that the Fujilings and I were playing around with.

Squirrel likes her Kiwano Swamp Monster

6 Spooky Food Ideas

 1. Decoration—Just the look of these foods alone are spooky, don’t you think?  I threw a small Halloween party for the Fujilings this week and we incorporated these foods into our table decor.  They’re just plain fun to look at!

Decorating with Spooky Foods

2. Eyeballs—Frieda’s has a much more impressive Rambutan eyeball creation that you have to check out, but my girls think that Rambutans look like eyeballs when they’re half peeled.

Rambutan Eyeballs

3. Cheese and crackers with black garlic—The sweetness of the black garlic is delicious eaten with a bit of kefir yogurt or cream cheese on crackers.  The garlic will perform double duty as well.  It will make your tastebuds happy and help ward off vampires.

Crackers with kefir cheese and black garlic

4. Candied Buddha’s Hand—I love candied citrus and couldn’t resist making candied Buddha’s Hand.  The Fujilings thought the candied strips looked a bit like worms.

Making candied Buddha's Hand

Candied Buddha's Hand Citron

5. Kiwano Swamp Monster—Cut a Kiwano horned melon in half and carefully carve a face in one of the halves.  Scoop the green pulp out of the other half and set the carved half in the pulp.  It looks like a monster is rising out of his swamp to say hello!

Kiwano Swamp Monster

6. Kiwano Yogurt Cups—The shell of the Kiwano horned melon is very durable, which makes it a great serving vessel once the pulp has been eaten and the membranes scraped out.  I filled the halves with plain yogurt, garnished with thinly sliced apple wedges and drizzled with a bit of honey for a fun spooky breakfast.

Kiwano Yogurt Cup


*Frieda’s Spooky Foods can be purchased at your local Ralphs Fresh Fare Stores.

** Disclosure: Frieda’s sent me several Spooky Foods samples to try, but I was not compensated for this post.  All opinions are my own!

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Fuji Nana October 26, 2012 at 8:10 am

What fun! I always wondered if that Buddha’s Hand fruit was even edible. BTW, what an awesome photo of Mr. Fuji. That is definitely a keeper.


Elizabeth Perhac Schmitt via Facebook October 26, 2012 at 8:18 am

Great shot – LOL.


La Fuji Mama via Facebook October 26, 2012 at 8:25 am

Elizabeth Perhac Schmitt — He’s a great sport! :)


Chris October 26, 2012 at 8:33 am

Cute ideas! I’m going to have to see if I can find a place that carries some of those interesting fruits out here in the Northish Pole….


Kika Newell via Facebook October 26, 2012 at 9:06 am

These are SSOOO Cool!


Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes October 26, 2012 at 9:27 am

OK, I seriously LOLed at that first photo. And I LOVE all of these ideas! So spooky and fun!! XOXO


Fuji Mama (Rachael) October 26, 2012 at 9:30 am

@Fuji Nana — I know, isn’t he a good sport?


Fuji Mama (Rachael) October 26, 2012 at 9:31 am

@Chris — It’s amazing what you can come up with when you start looking at fruits and vegetables purely for their “spooky factor”!


Fuji Mama (Rachael) October 26, 2012 at 9:32 am

@Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — Me too! He was such a good sport about taking it, and it’s seriously my favorite!


Cookin' Canuck October 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm

You have such a great imagination, Rachael! You brought a whole new meaning to “playing with your food”.


Paula - bell'alimento October 26, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Oh my goodness how much fun are these! I’ve been dying to try black garlic!


Kenny October 27, 2012 at 9:46 am

I love the first photo! Mr. Fuji’s expression is perfect!!!


Laurie October 28, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Rambutan is popular in Honduras. I never thought of it as a perfect Halloween food. Love that idea.


La Fuji Mama via Facebook October 29, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Thanks Kika!


Karen Caplan October 31, 2012 at 9:31 am

Hi Rachael – it was nice seeing you at our booth at PMA this weekend – sorry I didn’t get to come over and talk with you. It was like having a celebrity at our booth! And thanks for the post about our SPOOKY Foods! Have a spooky day! Karen@ Frieda’s whatsonkarensplate.blogspot.com


Fuji Mama (Rachael) October 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm

@Karen Caplan — You are too sweet! Would have loved to talk to you, but Saturday was crazy, wasn’t it? Hopefully we’ll have a chance to officially meet in the future. Thank you for taking the time to come and leave a comment!


Arthur in the Garden! November 27, 2012 at 9:50 am

They are so fun looking!


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