Chica and Jo
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Chica and Jo



Eerie eyeball snacks for Halloween

by: Chica

One of my favorite creepy snacks to serve at a Halloween party is Eerie Eyeballs. I originally got the recipe from Britta Blvd and it’s a pretty easy one with great impact. I love seeing people (especially kids) squirm and squeal over these chewy, gummy, and freaky little bites!

The trick to these is in the mold. My favorite mold is a simple plastic paint palette. They are cheap, easy to store, and have a perfect round shape and a smooth, slick surface. Best of all, you can find them at any store that sells craft supplies. Just make sure you’ve never used them for paint before — we want these eyeballs to be edible!

eerie eyeballs snackspaint palette

You can also use any other mold you can find that has a round shape. Some suggestions are truffle molds and round ice cube trays. Or, you can just put the mixture in a bowl and use a melon baller, but your results won’t be nearly as consistent or round.

Eerie Eyeballs

  • 3 oz box (that’s the small size) of lemon gelatin (can be sugar-free)
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 8 oz cream cheese (can be lowfat/Neufchatel)

Dissolve lemon gelatin in 1 cup water in double boiler, add marshmallows, and stir to melt. Remove from heat. Add pineapple juice and cream cheese. Beat until well blended. Cool slightly. If you are using molds, spray them very lightly with non-stick cooking spray, then pour the mixture in the molds and leave to set in the fridge. To decorate the eyes, use food coloring (liquid or paste) and a tiny (clean!) paint brush and get creative. You will need black food coloring for the pupils, but the irises can be any color you like.

eerie eyeballsYou can have a lot of fun with the painting. The eyes can be realistic and creepy, or wild and crazy (think cat eyes, bloodshot eyes, or eyelids and huge lashes!). I tend to go to parties with kids at them, and I don’t want to gross them out, so I make the eyes pretty tame. Just ordinary blue eyes is still enough to make most people shiver to see one being eaten, though!

This recipe will make a LOT of eyeballs, especially if you are using the palettes as your molds, since they are not very deep. If you don’t have a lot of molds, you might want to try to cut this recipe in half.

Here are some fun ways to display the eyeballs:

  • Arrange them on a platter in the middle of the buffet table.
  • Put one or two eyes on the edge of each plate, including serving platters and your guests’ dining plates.
  • Put one or two on top of a cupcake or use them to create a border around a cake.
  • Spear them with a swizzle stick or umbrella and use them to decorate a cocktail glass (Note that if your eyeballs are flat, you might want to put two of them back to back for this idea, to create a fuller-looking eye.) Add a drop of red food coloring on the stab wound and really gross them out!
  • Put one on your tongue and walk up to a guest at your party and stick your tongue out. This is sure to get a reaction, especially if you chew the eyeball up right after they see it!

Got any favorite creepy treats that you serve at your Halloween parties? I’d love to hear about them!

8 comments so far:

  • 1
    Dot 10/03/2008 at 11:18 am

    What a great idea on using the pallet as a mold! I love Britta’s stuff, we’ve done the witches fingers cookies and also her brain crab dip for our halloween parties many times. I tried the eyeballs one year, but used a melon baller and they didn’t work near as well as yours.

  • 2
    Melissa 10/19/2009 at 3:01 pm

    I can’t wait to do an adult version of these for a halloween party, omg! soo awesome!

  • 3
    Jess 10/28/2009 at 9:45 am

    I just tried this recipe…I have to say they are super tasty! Mine came out a little more yellow then the ones in the photo, and I’m having a hard time getting the color to stay on nicely. I’m thinking they will sit in the bottom of jello shots for a finishing surprise. Thanks!

  • 4
    Chica 10/28/2009 at 10:05 am

    Jess, having eyeballs suspended in Jell-O sounds awesome! We’d love to see a picture of your creation :)

  • 5
    BulbinBlue 07/16/2010 at 6:16 am

    Oh woww these are creepily real!! And fabulous…

  • 6
    cindy 09/15/2010 at 11:46 am

    hi, just wondering if anyone has tried these as jello shots? i was thinking adding a little rum to them instead of having the triditional jello shots.

  • 7
    Chelsea 09/20/2010 at 10:10 pm

    i just want to clarify: are these gummy or hard candies?

  • 8
    Jo 09/20/2010 at 10:19 pm

    They are of a gummy consistency, similar to Jell-O jigglers.

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