Monday, October 18, 2021

#Halloween Fruit Salad by Maya Corrigan

The autumn colors of candy corn appeal to me more than the taste of the Halloween treat. Visiting with my grandsons this week, I made them a healthy snack—a candy-corn inspired fruit cup.

To make the fruit cup, you'll need three colors of fresh or canned fruit: white, orange, and yellow, the colors of candy corn. 


1.Chop the white fruit for the small lower layer in small pieces. Squeeze lemon juice over chopped pieces of apple or pears to keep them from turning brown. Cover the bottom of the cup with the white layer. 

2, Add the orange layer next. Either fresh or canned Mandarin oranges work well. Layer the orange sections on top of the white fruit. 

3. For the top layer, use pineapple rings if your glass cup is wide enough for them. For a narrower glass, cut the pineapple in chunks.  

4. If desired, top the fruit cup with a Peeps marshmallow ghost on a small wood skewer.   

In my first attempt at the fruit cup, I started with a layer of candy corn on the bottom, figuring that would give the grandkids an incentive to finish their fruit. I also tucked some candy corn in the hole where the pineapple core was. Not a good idea. The candy's food coloring bled into the fruit. I ended up with sticky pinkish stuff at the bottom of the cup.

For my second attempt, I went with straight fruit and chopped a pear instead of an apple for a whiter color. 

The ghost declares my second attempt the winner!

For a more traditional holiday recipe, visit my Halloween post from last year when I made skeletal gingerdead man cookies

Gingerdead Man cookies with bones outlined in icing

The book giveaway associated with that post is long over, but here's another chance to win books. This  contest closes on Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021.
To enter a drawing for my Halloween-themed Five-Ingredient Mystery, Crypt Suzette, and three other cozy mysteries by Victoria Abbott, Lucy Burdette, Maddie Day, leave a comment on yesterday's post about Halloween.  

Have you ever made a special Halloween snack or do you prefer tried-and-true Halloween candy? 

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When a murder masquerades as an accident, Granddad's ghost-busting and Val's foray into a haunted house turn up clues to the killer.

As Val caters a Halloween party at Bayport’s bookshop, a group of would-be writers, the Fictionistas, compete in the costume contest. One of them, the secretive Suzette, rents a spare room from Granddad. When she’s found dead after a hit-and-run, the Fictionistas accuse one other of murder. Did one of them kill her or was her death rooted in the past she’d worked hard to escape? Val and Granddad must pull off a Halloween ruse to rip the mask off a murderer.

"Granddad is a hoot to live with, and his jobs as a food reviewer and part-time detective provide endless possibilities for fun and murder." -- Kirkus Review of Crypt Suzette


Maya Corrigan writes the Five-Ingredient Mysteries featuring café manger Val and her live-wire grandfather solving murders in a Chesapeake Bay town. Maya lives in a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C. Before writing crime fiction, she taught American literature, writing, and detective fiction at Northern Virginia Community College and Georgetown University. When not reading and writing, she enjoys theater, travel, trivia, cooking, and crosswords.

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Book covers of the 7 Five-Ingredient Mysteries by Maya Corrigan


  1. What a brilliant idea!
    What did the kids think?

  2. Thanks, Libby. They love fruit, and liked the idea of layers of different colors in the dessert cup. ~Maya

  3. Now this is a treat that I can get behind! I am also a fan of your gingerbread recipe from the Gingerdead Man story. I will be making both this year to appease my sweet tooth and my conscience.

    1. Thank you, Tracy. That gingerbread recipe is one of my favorites too. Happy Halloween!