Shrunken Head (Dried Apple) Punch Shrunken Head (Dried Apple) Punch

Image: Edward Pond | Food Styling: Claire Stubbs | Prop Styling: Oksana Slavutych

Carved and dried apples that look like little shrunken heads add a scary garnish to this cider-based punch. Make a second batch of heads to put in jars and use as eerie decorations. Even though the apples are too salty to eat, they are essential for the fear factor.

  • Portion size 12 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: November 2008


Apple Heads:


Apple Heads: In large bowl, stir together 1 cup (250 mL) water, lemon juice and salt until salt is dissolved.

Peel apples. Cut in half lengthwise; trim off stem. Using melon baller or small spoon, core and seed. Turn apples in lemon mixture to coat.

With small sharp-tipped knife or pumpkin carver, carve out eye sockets, nose, mouth and ears from curved side. Return to lemon mixture, turning to coat. Let stand for 20 minutes or for up to 1 hour.

Drain apples and pat dry; arrange, carved side up, on rack in shallow roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet. Bake in 250°F (120°C) oven until beginning to shrink and edges are lightly browned, 2 to 3 hours. Let cool on rack. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in paper towel–lined airtight container for up to 24 hours.)

In punch bowl, combine apple cider, undiluted lemonade concentrate, and ice cubes (if using). Float apple heads in punch.

Nutritional facts er serving without apple heads: about

  • Sodium 5 mg
  • Calories 128.0
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Saturated fat 0 g
  • Total carbohydrate 34 g


  • Iron 6.0
  • Folate 2.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Vitamin C 13.0
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Shrunken Head (Dried Apple) Punch