Last Minute ‘Candy Corn’ Fruit

Candy Corn Fruit
By: Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist

For my two sons, having a mom that’s a nutritionist isn’t always cool. With that in mind, I don’t want to be “that mom” giving out stickers and pencils for Halloween trick-or-treaters to help combat childhood obesity.  Sure, it’s great to receive nice gifts and being thankful for non-candy items is an important virtue to instill in my kids.  But, in my opinion, giving out candy on Halloween is OK.  Halloween is simply one day out of a lifetime, and using it as the “line in the sand” for eradicating candy from your kid’s life is flat out going to backfire.  Trust me, they’ll just go to someone else’s house and gorge on their friend’s Halloween bounty… those kids end up here often!

The entire Halloween holiday has become all about the candy and parties, like most modern celebrations.  But it’s the day-in and day-out overconsumption of sweets from added sugars in foods and beverages that is causing our children to suffer and most likely die younger than they should.  Not because they filled their pillow case with all sorts of loot on October 31st.

Plus, in today’s culture, if you provide homemade baked goods to trick-or-treaters coming to your door, the parents will act like you’ve just presented a tray of bloody hypodermic needles for their precious children.

BUT…Offering healthy options at your Halloween House Party is absolutely a great idea and one that I’m always excited for at our annual spooky bash for kids and adults.  Here are a few samples of what we served up last year:

One key strategy for post-Halloween health and to prevent expanding waistlines is to get smart about how you get the leftover candy out of your house!

Pumpkins are for more than carving… well some types are!  Enjoy these 12 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes and read all about Pumpkin Everything! How to Cook, Eat & Enjoy

And here’s a last minute favorite of mine that you can whip up in no time.

Fruity “Candy Corn” 

Simple and sweet all you need are skewers, lollipop sticks or tooth picks and some fruit.  It’s all about eating with your eyes and how presentation can make healthy snacks more appealing.

Yield:  24 servings


  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 1 pineapple
  • 2 bananas


  1. Wash produce.
  2. Remove cantaloupe and pineapple flesh from skin.
  3. Peel bananas.
  4. Cut pineapple and cantaloupe into rhomboid-like shapes. Make pineapple slices larger than cantaloupe.
  5. Cut banana into small triangle shapes.
  6. Build candy corn by placing pineapple on stick first, then cantaloupe and lastly banana so they resemble candy corn.
  7. Serve and enjoy!


Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist

Stacy is a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition and an Integrative Nutritionist. She consults for various companies, focusing on health, wellness and innovative strategies to help increase individual’s fruit and vegetable intake. Stacy is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Health Fitness Specialist; she holds a BS degree in Dietetics from Indiana University, completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Senior Clinical Nutritionist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School teaching affiliates, in Boston, MA, with more than 20 years of experience. Stacy created and now serves as project manager and lead writer for nutrition services content on the Dana Farber website and the affiliated, nationally recognized nutrition app. Stacy is regularly featured on TV, radio, print and social media on behalf of Dana Farber and other organizations. Together with her husband, Dr. Russell Kennedy PsyD, they have a private practice, Wellness Guides, LLC. Stacy is an adjunct professor in Wellness and Health Coaching at William James College, currently teaching a graduate course in Health Coaching. Stacy is featured in the award winning documentary films, “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” and “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2,” and serves on the Reboot with Joe Medical Advisory Board. Stacy lives in Wellesley with her husband, two sons and three dogs. She enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking and spending time with friends and family. Stacy is also one of the nutritionists who runs our Guided Reboot programs.

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