Pumpkins can be delicious but not as they are. You always have to do things to them, like cut them open, scrape them out, boil, cook, bake and further work the poor thing. In the end, though, pumpkin can be quite delicious and, yes, beautiful. If you’d love to have a lovely, edible pumpkin centerpiece this Halloween or fall, don’t use a real pumpkin! Use orange slice candies instead! The candies taste great, have the color of a traditional pumpkin, and can be easily made into a gorgeous centerpiece.
Start with a Styrofoam ball in any size you want. With a large crowd showing up for a dinner or party you might want to make quite a large fake pumpkin. But, you can use a ball as small as a four inch design. To prepare the ball first tap it on a hard, flat surface a few times. This will flatten one side of the ball and help it to stand on its own.
Cover the ball with plastic wrap. Drape the wrap over the Styrofoam tuck it in around the bottom, then trim off the excess. Now use toothpicks to create the pumpkin effect from the orange slices. To start, cut several toothpicks in half. Use any kind of toothpick – plastic or wooden – as long as it has no embellishments. If it does, cut them off, then cut the toothpicks in half.
Insert one end of the toothpick into one side of the orange slide. The toothpick should be stuck in an area near the top of the candy, on the side that curves inward. That way, when you stick the candy to the Styrofoam ball, the curve of the candy will lie next to the curve of the ball. Position the first candy down towards the bottom of the ball. The very end of the candy should be aligned with the end of the ball.
Continue adding more orange slice candies until you’ve created a whole row around the ball. Each candy should hang vertically on the ball. Now start a second row hanging them in the same manner. With this row, and additional rows, the ends of the candies should slightly overlap the tops of the candies in the previous row.
Add row after row until the ball is covered. Leave a small, blank space at the top to make room for leaves. Cut a green gumdrop in half and position the two pieces in this area. The orange slice pumpkin centerpiece looks fabulous, tastes great and will serve many!