Halloween is almost upon us, and it seems every class in school is having a Halloween party today. I signed up to bring a treat, but wanted to think of something somewhat healthy, knowing that the kids will be overloaded with sugar during the next 72 hours.
I searched the web for things that were clever, healthy and easy, but nothing really grabbed me. Finally, I thought of something all by myself (very unusual for me). I came up with: Alien Eyes!
I used a melon scoop to create cantaloupe balls. I thought they would look like eyes if I could think of something to use as the pupil. I wanted to do blueberries, but they were too big and too expensive.
Then I stumbled across these: Pomegranate Arils. I had no idea what an aril was — to me, it’s just a fancy word for seed — but the flavor is complementary to the cantaloupe and the size is perfect.
To create the effect, I slit each ball with a knife and stuck in the seed aril.
These would probably look even cooler with honeydew melon as the eyes, but it didn’t occur to me until later. Plus, I think cantaloupe is tastier. If you couldn’t find arils, you could probably use other items like raisins, red hots, or chocolate chips.
I also have a bunch of leftover seeds arils that I plan to bring in as another side dish.
I just have to think of a clever, spooky name for them. Got any ideas?