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    Dead Deal Eerie Eyeballs

    Eerie Eyeballs

    Yields approximately 9 dozen bite-sized eyeballs

    3 oz 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)
    1 cup mayonnaise (can be fat-free)

    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. Fold in
    mayo. If you have a truffle candy mold or round ice cube trays, pour
    the mixture in the molds and leave to set in the fridge. Otherwise
    pour into a deep ceramic dish and chill until thickened or firm
    enough for scooping into eyeballs. Using a melonballer, scoop full
    balls of the mixture and set aside for decoration. To decorate, use
    liquid food coloring and an old detail paintbrush and get creative.
    You will need black food coloring for the pupils. Also, if you are
    in a hurry, instead of painting the colored irises, you can
    carefully dip the ball in a small pool of food coloring to
    approximate the iris, but still paint on the pupils.

    For 1999, I found rubber ice cube trays that worked beautifully with

    much less waste than the melonballer technique. I sprayed the rubber
    trays with non-stick cooking spray beforehand like you would any
    gelatin mold, let the gelatin mixture sit in the refrigerator to
    set, then I was able to carefully pop the eyeballs out to paint
    them. Some of the eyeballs did break, and they do have one flat
    side, but that actually works, since then they don't roll around
    while you are trying to paint them. Since 2001 I have found that
    Wilton truffle candy molds are even better, since the swirl design
    on the top is the right size for the cornea shape on the eyeball.
    When using the truffle molds, one recipe makes about 9 dozen
    eyeballs - plenty for a party crowd!

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