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The Perfect Easy Halloween Snack

This snack is perfect during Halloween party season, but it’s truly a hit anytime. And it’s a great opportunity to involve the kids in the kitchen, since it’s easy and kids love making these apple smiles.

Apple Smiles

Last year I spotted this awesome Halloween snack idea on Pinterest, and it has since become one of Lucy’s all-time favorite snacks  – whether it’s near Halloween or not.

In fact, we began making these Apple Smiles so often that I felt it was worth coming up with a healthier alternative too (since I can’t exactly condone frequent marshmallow-eating).

So when Lucy lets me, I make Apple Smiles with jicama “teeth” in place of mini marshmallow teeth — the original version.

Apple Smiles

No, Lucy does not like the jicama version as much as the original one. But if your kids don’t already know the marshmallow version, make it the jicama way and see how they react. 😉

apple smiles

All you need to make these incredibly easy Apple Smiles is the following:

Apple Smiles

If you want to use the marshmallows, I recommend looking for a more natural brand. I found these at Whole Foods, and like them because they don’t have corn syrup, artificial flavors or artificial colors.

Apple Smiles

If you want to use jicama, simply peel a jicama and cut the meat into tiny squares – the more teeth-like, the better.

Apple Smiles

Cut the apples into thin wedges that resemble lips (pay attention to the angle as you cut). Spread a little peanut butter -or any nut or seed butter – on each apple wedge then form the “mouth” by placing two wedges together with marshmallows or jicama pieces in between.

Apple Smiles

Note: I haven’t been able to locate the original source for this snack idea, but I learned about it from Three Little Kittens – who by the way offers tons of other great fall-inspired snack ideas in this post.

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  • Teresa Mucha
    September 28, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Amelia! Thanks so much for the mention in your post. I like what you have done to make this healthier, too! Thanks again!


  • Samantha @ThePlantedVegan
    September 29, 2015 at 7:45 am

    How cute! I need to try these out at a kid’s cooking class I teach, they’d love these!

  • Amelia Winslow
    September 29, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Thank YOU for the great idea!

  • Amelia Winslow
    September 29, 2015 at 11:18 am

    I’m sure they would! And I have to admit, my husband and I have made these even after the kids have gone to bed! 😉

  • Bonnie
    October 2, 2015 at 11:54 am

    I make these and use sliced almonds for the teeth and they come out cute and healthy as well. Now you have me thinking of doing some with cut pears for teeth, too. Thank you!

  • Amelia Winslow
    October 2, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Sliced almonds are a great idea! Almonds + almond butter would be delicious!

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