Happy Halloween or should I say Hula-ween!
In this golden age of internet trends it should be no surprise to hear that the beloved pumpkin Jack-o'-Lantern has been given a makeover. Meet his brother-in-law the pineapple Jack-o'-Lantern.
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All that's required to put a tropical twist on a Halloween tradition is adding a toothy grin to a pineapple instead of a pumpkin.
Freak out the neighborhood and carve a jack-o'-lantern out of a pineapple. The neighborhood will be like "WHAT?!" #🎃 #🍍 pic.twitter.com/FndFW7qi6F— Sparkling Ice® (@SparklingIce) October 29, 2016
So far, people seem pretty split on whether they like this new fad or not. I personally am more of a Halloween purist. I like a good old fashioned pumpkin on my step. I don't even use a light bulb, I prefer a candle. If trying new things is your cup of tea though, I have no issue with these carved pineapples. In fact I think they are kind of cute!
Tips & Tricks For Carving A Pineapple Jack O'Lantern
You Need A Corer
If you thought it was a hassle to scoop the seeds from a pumpkin then wait until you try a pineapple. Apparently removing the fruit from the inside of a pineapple is the most difficult part of carving. Do yourself a favor and pick up a corer. It's a $10 gadget that makes cutting up a pineapple easy/tropical breezy. "Be careful not to cut too deeply into the pineapple with the corer or it will cut a hole in the bottom." suggests Allrecipes Senior Designer Jeff Cummings
Keep it Simple
I follow this rule with my pumkin versions too. Once the fruit has been removed (reserving it for all sorts of yummy pineapple recipes), use a Sharpie to draw eyes and a mouth on the surface. "It's difficult to get an intricate cut in the hard, bumpy outer shell of the pineapple, so keep your design simple," Jeff says.
There are carving kits available, with a focus on thin blades, but as long as the knife is sharp, it should all be straightforward. You are simply cutting out the pattern drawn on the pineapple. Don't get discouraged if it looks rough. "The face is hard to make out in the unlit pineapple, but it really pops once you insert a candle," Jeff says.
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