These sweet, squishy Halloween treats look positively unnerving staring up from a party platter. For the ultimate in gross realism, the eyeballs gush “eyeball jelly” when eaten. Gross… but very tasty! Kids love these, but they do have a lot of sugar. So, unless you have padded walls, it is probably best to make sure they have an outside activity to do afterwards – trick-or-treating, perhaps? These are much easier to make than they look!
- 1 bag of marshmallows
- 1 jar of strawberry jam or preserves
- 1 can of cream cheese or vanilla icing
- Food coloring (either black, or red and green to make black)
- 20 Gummi Savers (2 packages)
Making Monster Eyes (Here’s Lookin’ at You)
- Turn on your CD player and play “Somebody’s Watching Me” from Rockwell 🙂
- Grease a cookie sheet.
- Cut the very top off of a marshmallow. You can use either a knife or kitchen shears, but kitchen shears are easier to use and make a cleaner cut. Place the bottom piece of the marshmallow on the cookie sheet.
- Use your fingers to hollow out the center of the marshmallow.
- Fill the center with ½ teaspoon of strawberry jam.
- Fit the marshmallow top back onto the marshmallow bottom.
- Repeat for remaining marshmallows.
- Refrigerate marshmallows for 30-45 minutes. This helps the top and bottom pieces adhere to each other.
- Place the cookie sheet in a 250 degrees Fahrenheit oven, and bake for 6-8 minutes. The marshmallows should be puffy and soft, but not brown.
- Remove the marshmallows from the oven – they should have flattened out some, as shown in the picture. Don’t worry if they don’t look perfect – the icing will fix that!
- Put the marshmallows in the refrigerator for an hour, until they become firm again. If you are impatient, you can put them in the freezer for 15-20 instead. Be careful not to freeze them.
- Using a knife, coat the marshmallows with the cream cheese icing, concealing the seam and any imperfections.
- To make irises, place 1 Gummi Saver on top of each iced marshmallow.
- To make pupils, place 3 tablespoons icing in a small bowl. Add food coloring and stir until it turns glossy black. If you don’t have black food coloring, you can use equal amounts of red and green to make black.
- Place the black icing in the bottom corner of a sandwich bag. Snip the tip of the corner off.
- Squirt icing through the corner of the bag, filling in the center of each iris with black.
Lay them out on a platter, and enjoy! Doesn’t it feel like someone . . . or something . . . is watching you?
Yield: 20 eyeballs – if you want to make more than that, don’t double the entire recipe. You will have marshmallows, jam and icing left over. Instead, you can simply get more Gummi Savers.