Holidays & Special Occasions Halloween Eerie Eyeballs

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      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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Holidays & Special Occasions Halloween Eerie Eyeballs