Decorating and entertaining for special occasions gives me great joy. I love to share some of my more creative ideas.
Spooky White Chocolate Eyeball Treats
Spooky little white chocolate eyeballs stare up at you. Put them in a strawberry or raspberry sauce to give them an extra touch of horror. These truffle-like treats are quick and easy to make and require only a few ingredients. Oh, yes, and they taste amazing, too.
Many years ago, my cousin made these little delights for Christmas—minus the eyeball and in dark chocolate. They are very sweet and were served with the dessert, espresso, and cordial course of our big Italian family meal.
We all inhaled them.
I have adapted her recipe here to make it creepy.
Note: You can also make this white chocolate candy recipe any time of year—just leave off the iris and pupil decoration!
Use a Double Boiler (or Create a Makeshift One)
In order to keep the mixture from burning, you need to melt the candy in a double boiler. If you don't have a double boiler, you can create a makeshift one by setting a smaller pot inside a larger pot of water. I used a three-quart pot inside a four-quart pot. A two-quart nested inside a three-quart would also work.
Be careful to only put an inch or so of water in the larger pot. You don't want it to boil up and splash and burn you. You just want to keep the upper pot from touching the heat source directly.
Also, use a long-handled cooking spoon, rather than a short-handled tablespoon. This will keep your arms from being burned from any escaping steam.
So Easy to Make!
Don't let the total time scare you. These are super easy. The total time includes chill time.
I would suggest that an adult does the cooking. But rolling the eyeballs and decorating is something that you can do with your children.
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18 eyeballs (2 per person)
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- 1 ounce strawberry syrup
- 12 ounces white morsels (they aren't labeled white chocolate)
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 36 mini chocolate chips
- 1 drop blue or green food coloring
Step 1: Prepare the White Chocolate
- Pour the condensed milk into the top pot. Stir in the white chocolate morsels. Cover.
- Set the stove on high, but watch the pot for a while. You don't want it so hot that the water in bottom pot boils over. Adjust as necessary.
- Stir occasionally. Really. You don't have to stand over it.
- When all the chips are melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove it from the heat. Let it cool about 10 minutes and scoop out a scant 1/4 cup of the mixture into a small cup or bowl. Put 1 drop of green or blue food coloring in the cup and stir (see photo). Put this in the refrigerator.
- Put the pot of uncolored mixture in the refrigerator until it is cold (about 30 minutes).
Step 2: Make the Iris
The blue mixture is in a smaller dish, which means it will chill first. This mixture should be cold to the touch after about 15 minutes.
- Take out little pinches of the blue mixture and roll it into a pea-sized ball. Then, flatten the ball by pressing on it with your index finger (see photo).
- Make about 36 of these.
- Put these back in the refrigerator to keep cool.
Step 3: Make the Sclera (White Part of the Eye)
The white mixture should feel cold to the touch before you begin to work with it.
- Scoop about a heaping teaspoon of the mixture out and roll it between your hands into approximately 1-inch balls.
- Different white chocolate morsels and condensed milk may react differently. If the balls are not holding their shape and start to melt into blobs; then the mixture may not be cold enough. Try chilling the plate you are putting them on. Another fix is to dust your hands with a little bit of confectioners sugar and work it into the eyeball.
Step 4: Assembly (the Fun Part!)
- Take the flattened blue dots and plop them on the white truffles.
- Put a mini chocolate chip in the middle of each one to form the pupil.
Step 5: Add the "Blood"
For the finale, we need to discuss the presentation. Let's make it look icky.
I prefer to use a white or clear plate for this, so the eyeballs really pop.
- Plop a drop of strawberry syrup everywhere you are going to place an eyeball. Drizzle a little running down the rim in droplets.
- Place an eyeball on the strawberry syrup drop.
- If you want to be a little more ghoulish, drizzle some on the eyeballs.
- Store in the refrigerator until almost ready to serve. They shouldn't be ice cold when served so take them out a little before serving time.
"Jeepers Creepers, where'd ya get those peepers?
Jeepers Creepers, where'd ya get those eyes?"
— Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
© 2011 Ellen Gregory