Scary good Halloween dessert recipes might trick kids into eating more fruit

Frozen Yogurt Dipped Mangoes, photo provided by the Mango Board
Frozen Yogurt Dipped Mangoes, photo provided by the Mango Board /

Looking for some scary good Halloween dessert recipes that might trick the kids?

Just because Halloween candy is everywhere doesn’t mean that some scary good Halloween dessert recipes cannot be on the table. While Halloween comes with many spooky events, desserts shouldn’t have hidden tricks. Only parents must know that these dessert recipes are packed with extra fruit.

Sometimes a little recipe creativity can make everyone excited to enjoy a bite. From a great visual to some innovative flavors, desserts are meant to be fun. At the same time, no one wants to eat a week’s worth of calories on a single plate.

Fruit packed dessert recipes can offer that sweetness without being overly indulgent. The idea is to balance the ingredients.

For example, mangos are the perfect sweet treat. Plus, mangoes are available year-round and are packed with tons of vitamins, dietary fiber and folate. The kids like the fun recipes and the parents appreciate the nutrition.

Here are a couple Scary good Halloween desserts recipes that families will love.

Mango Candy Corn Triffle

While candy corn can be a divisive candy, this colorful dessert will make you like this candy corn. As a layered dessert, there is a little adventure in each spoonful.

Even if you haven’t made custard from scratch, this recipe is easy enough for the novice baker. The important aspect to remember is to incorporate ingredients slowly, like when combining the milk and cornstarch.

Also, it is really important to temper the eggs. No one wants scrambled eggs in a dessert. That flavor is worst than regular candy corn.

Here’s how to make Mango Candy Corn Triffle.


Mango Custard

  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup fresh mango, pureed
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Mango Soaked Sponge Cake

  • 2 cups pound cake, diced into 1/2-inch pieces, divided
  • 1 cup mango nectar, divided
  • 1/2 cup diced fresh mango

Whipped Topping

  • 1 cup whipped cream or whipped topping
  • Candy corn, for garnish (optional)


  • In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and the mango puree until well incorporated.
  • In a 2-quart saucepan, add the cornstarch. Slowly whisk in the milk until well incorporated.
  • Whisk in the cream and the honey.
  • Place over medium heat and heat to approximately 180 degrees. Do not let boil.
  • Slowly* temper the milk mixture into the bowl with the egg yolks and mango.
  • Return the mixture back to the saucepan over medium heat and stir in ground turmeric.
  • Bring to a boil, hit at least 210 degrees, constantly whisking the entire time. Once the temperature hits 210, return the heat to low and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, whisk in the vanilla.
  • Divide evenly into 4 trifle cups and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, overnight for best results.
  • Once chilled, top each trifle cup with 1/2 cup pound cake, 2 tablespoons fresh mango, and top with 1/4 cup mango nectar.
  • Top with whipped cream of choice and candy corns if using. Enjoy!

Frozen Yogurt-Dipped Mango Pops

Who doesn’t love food on a stick? The kids will love this simple Halloween dessert. Plus, the recipe allows the kids to customize their own pops. Who doesn’t want to show a little personality in the kitchen?

Frozen Yogurt-Dipped Mango Pops


  • 2 large ripe mangos
  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Toppings: mini chocolate chips, salted cashews, sprinkles, toasted coconut
  • Special equipment: 12 lollipop sticks and wax paper


  • With a sharp knife, slice off the sides of the mango, avoiding the large seed in the middle. Cut parallel slices into the mango halves to dice, being careful not to cut through the skin.
  • Scoop the mango cubes out of the mango skin using a spoon and skewer each mango cube onto a lollipop stick.
  • In a bowl, stir to combine the yogurt and honey.
  • Dip each mango into the yogurt until coated. You may need to use a spoon to help spoon yogurt onto the mango cubes evenly.
  • Sprinkle desired toppings onto each mango cube and place mango cubes on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.
  • Place in the freezer until mangos are slightly frozen and yogurt has set, 1 to 2 hours.
  • Serve.
Halloween dessert recipes with mango
Mango Banana Bites, photo provided by the Mango Board /

Mango-Wrapped Raspberry Banana Bites

If your family littles little bites, this Halloween recipe is bursting with fruit but is super sweet. The combination of mango, coconut and banana is the perfect bite. You might want to make two batches because these treats will go quickly.

Mango-Wrapped Raspberry Banana Bites


  • ½ cup plain coconut yogurt
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons coconut nectar
  • 4 bananas, peeled
  • 1 large mango, peeled
  • ½ cup raspberries


  • In a small bowl, stir together coconut yogurt, orange juice, and coconut nectar. Set aside.
  • Cut bananas into 1-inch pieces.
  • Using a vegetable peeler, cut the mango into 1-inch strips.
  • Wrap 1 mango strip around each banana slice.
  • Top each banana with several raspberries and serve with the coconut sauce.

These Halloween desserts recipes are just a few of the many options that families can create this spooky season. Remember, candy isn’t the only sweet treat.

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