Decorating and entertaining for special occasions gives me great joy. I love to share some of my more creative ideas.
Gory 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 3-quart pot inside a 4-quart pot. A 2-quart nested inside a 3-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)
- 1 oz 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: The Creepy Finale
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
What do you think of these eyeballs? I always love to hear from you!
DIY Mary on November 06, 2012:
This eye candy recipe looks fun and delicious!
HenkWillemse on November 05, 2012:
Really a fun recipe and great for Halloween parties.
Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on November 01, 2012:
Now these are eyeballs I could go for!
Simbaa on November 01, 2012:
Thanks for sharing these information.
AJ from Australia on October 31, 2012:
Ellen Gregory (author) from Connecticut, USA on October 31, 2012:
@anonymous: I can only guess, I never had that problem. Are you sure you used the right amount of condensed milk to white chocolate morsels? It's condensed milk --not evaporated milk. Then the mixture has to be really chilled. Maybe your kitchen is very warm. Try rolling them into balls a few at a time and putting the rolled balls into the refrigerator while you work on the rest of them.
anonymous on October 31, 2012:
I attempted to make these for a halloween party at work...I followed your recipe exactly but when I went to roll them into balls they stayed round for a few seconds but then they fell and looked like someone had ran them over...I even chilled my plate...What could I have done wrong???
fungusclinic lm on October 29, 2012:
Thanks for giving something special recipe and it looks really interesting.
dellgirl on October 29, 2012:
Thanks for this White Chocolate Eyeball Recipe . This is terrific! ~Blessed~
MichaelDubrovnik on October 28, 2012:
They can be done in different eyeball colors ;)
pawpaw911 on October 26, 2012:
My grandsons would love these.
grecy0905 on October 24, 2012:
is this tastes good too?
LilyBird on October 24, 2012:
Those are really creepy. Great for Halloween. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
ShineRita on October 23, 2012:
This looks very special, but I don't think I will eat them.
agungsolusi on October 23, 2012:
I looveee eye balls LOL !
Thanks for sharing the recipe here !
Rowangaia on October 22, 2012:
I have to try this recipe: thanks!
ikepius on October 22, 2012:
Absolutely Gruesome! But I suspect that I could enjoy them if I where bold enough to try. And that first picture looks very squidooish. Good work!
anonymous on October 19, 2012:
This looks very special, I think I will try to see. :)
miaponzo on October 18, 2012:
I think this is the real meaning of eye candy! Blessed!
VspaBotanicals on October 17, 2012:
Really neat idea.
XxSadieLadyxX on October 17, 2012:
XxSadieLadyxX on October 17, 2012:
SolarEclipseWatcher on October 16, 2012:
Love that it's made out of chocolate! (That's the best part, course)!
angelatvs on October 12, 2012:
I will make these for our annual Halloween party this year! Fun recipe.
CozyKitty on October 06, 2012:
Deliciously disgusting! LOL - "Eye Candy" - literally hahahaha ... :)
Sharon Bellissimo from Toronto, Canada on September 30, 2012:
This is great, I have a lens on Halloween Eyeballs too, I will add this one to it!
queenofduvetcover on September 27, 2012:
I would definitely eat those type of eyeballs lol Nice lens.
WriterJanis2 on September 26, 2012:
These look so creepy and gross. Perfect! Blessed!
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on September 12, 2012:
Jeepers, creepers, what a fabulous lens!
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on September 11, 2012:
These are so icky, gross and awesome for Halloween!
anonymous on September 06, 2012:
I can't wait to make these for my son when he is a little older :) Thank you!
jolou on September 03, 2012:
What a creative idea. I bet kids would love to make these.
gatornic15 on August 25, 2012:
A great idea for a Halloween party...Blessed
FallenAngel 483 on August 02, 2012:
Looks really easy to make these and I have a sweet tooth. Might try making some for Halloween this year. They look ideal for parties.
Millionairemomma on May 28, 2012:
The title caught my attention but I'll use this in October, thank you! Looks yummy!
JoshK47 on May 23, 2012:
What a wonderfully fun, spooky idea! Blessed by a SquidAngel!
Stephanie Tietjen from Albuquerque, New Mexico on January 24, 2012:
These are great fun and I love white chocolate. I wish Halloween wasn't so far away... Thanks for some great ideas.
Inkhand on January 12, 2012:
These spooky eye-candy looks so real, great lens.
julieannbrady on November 10, 2011:
It's been an eye-opening experience, for sure! I'm thinking this would be cool to have eyeballs in all the colors of your party guests > here's lookin' at you kid!! [and you and you ...]
spartakct on November 06, 2011:
nice lens! liked it!
ErHawkns7100 on October 17, 2011:
Easy and tasty addition to any Halloween party.
bechand on October 15, 2011:
I like the looks of these - would rock at a party
anonymous on October 09, 2011:
"Little Eye Candy", I think I heard you laugh when you came up with that and well done with so much fun!
Now this fits that party your friends go to, my security word is "bugworm", Squidoo just seems to know these things!
anonymous on October 06, 2011:
liked your lens, like it so much I gave ya a 'thumbs up'!
dwnovacek on October 05, 2011:
Absolutely disgusting.... which makes them absolutely wonderful for Halloween! Love this lens!
halloweenprops on September 28, 2011:
Those chocolate eyeballs look delicious - I want some. Someone had a cat litter with poo cake - now that was gross! Now need some cook those choceyes! LOL
Wendy Leanne from Texas on September 27, 2011:
They look really yuck, but sound yummy. Love it! =)
Ellen Gregory (author) from Connecticut, USA on September 27, 2011:
@catbehaviors: Thanks for your comments-- I will check out your peanut butter ones.
Staceysk on September 27, 2011:
I will be trying these they sound yummy.
Winter52 LM on September 27, 2011:
These are indeed... spooky! Love it ;)
catbehaviors on September 27, 2011:
I made some similar eyeballs, except they were made with peanut butter, last year. This looks like a wonderful recipe!
hlkljgk from Western Mass on September 26, 2011:
ew and awesome. :)
sousababy on September 25, 2011:
Ha, these are great - love the eyeballs (I've seen lots of eyeballs in my life). Great lens, keep 'em coming.
Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on September 19, 2011:
Great Lens, I feel like one of those eyeballs now. Thanks for sharing.