Hey spooky friend! If you have been looking for the perfect creepy Halloween eyeball recipe you have come to the right place! These giant edible eyeballs are delicious and gross at the same time.
Read on to find out how to make edible eyeballs for your Halloween party that will totally gross out your guests!
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What you need to make edible eyeballs for Halloween
It’s time to go back, way back, to high school when you dissected cow eyeballs in Biology. If you are making giant eyeballs, cow eyeballs are the only way to go!
These Halloween eyeballs taste like a sweet, luxuriously rich coconut pudding!
Here is everything you need for your Halloween eyeballs:
- Pack of six 2.5 inch spherical molds
- Telephone brand agar agar
- Gel food coloring in red, green, and blue (0r purchase black food coloring here)
- 2 cans of coconut milk, unsweetened (I prefer A Taste of Thai brand)
- White sugar
- A cookie sheet
Why use agar agar for an eyeball recipe?
We are going to be using agar agar powder to create our edible eyeballs.
If you aren’t familiar with agar agar, it basically the plant-based equivalent of gelatin. It is made from seaweed, so it is okay for vegans and vegetarians to consume; it is also gluten-free!
It is colorless, odorless, and pretty bland on its own, so you need to use either flavored liquids and/or sugars to liven up the flavor! If you don’t, you’ll be sorry, trust me.
My love affair with agar agar started more than ten years ago.
My college roommates were Taiwanese and Indonesian, so they introduced this McDonald’s-eating Indiana girl to all sorts of cool new foods I had never heard of…we wandered through Asian food stores like H-Mart and Mitsuwa in search of rare delicacies. Good times.
Agar agar is perfect for this giant eyeball recipe because it is rigid and holds up to a spherical mold well. The consistency is kind of like a very stiff pudding.
I HIGHLY recommend you purchase the Telephone brand agar agar. Avoid the Gold Coin brand agar agar at all costs. The first ingredient in that brand is sugar, and it won’t yield the same results as this recipe.
Best spherical mold for eyeball recipe
If you want to get nice, sphere-like eyeballs, stick with the sphere mold brand I recommended.
I have tried other sphere molds like this one and was really disappointed when they didn’t work at all!
When you fill your mold nearly to the top with the desired liquid, you then take the black cap and slowly press it down on top of the mold. As you place the black cap, the silicone sides will displace the liquid upwards, and air will vent out from the small hole in the top!
That’s great because it means you don’t have to try and awkwardly shove some liquid through a tiny hole to get the perfect spheres.
(Well, nearly perfect; I did notice a bit of a line where they two halves of the sphere mold met, but was still very pleased with the results.)
You could fill the mold entirely to the top and make a perfect ball, but I left a little space so that my eyeballs would have a small, flat bottom. That way when people go to eat it, it isn’t rolling around on their plate. 🙂
Nothing worse than trying to eat an eyeball and having it roll away, amirite?
How to make black food coloring for edible eyeballs
For this recipe to resemble cow eyeballs, we have to make our own black food coloring. You can make black food coloring at home by combining equal parts of red, green, and blue food coloring.
I placed red, green, and blue food coloring in the bottom of a mixing cup, about the size of a pea for each color.
You can see a slight differentiation in color between some of my eyeballs; different quantities in the color will result in slightly different colors. One batch turned out a little more on the blue side.
(Update Halloween 2019: a sweet reader clued me in about this black food coloring to get perfectly black food — she likes using this since you don’t have to mess with mixing or adjusting the three gel colors. The choice is yours! Black food coloring also works extremely well for this Halloween Monster Deviled Eggs Recipe.)
Making the edible eyeball “pupil”
After you heat up the coconut milk, water, sugar, and agar agar per the recipe below, you will remove 1/4 + 1/8 cup of the mixture and place it in the bowl with the food coloring, mixing it until it turns black.
At that point, you want to quickly scoop out 1 tbsp at a time of the black agar agar mixture and carefully place it in the bottom of each mold, trying not to spill.
Place in the fridge to cool for about 30 minutes; when it is firm to the touch, you can add the rest of the white coconut mixture to the molds until they are nearly full, leaving a small amount of space at the top.
It’s ok if you spill a little, just use your finger to smoosh it down towards the center. You can see where one of my molds had a little bubble that popped — use a toothpick to pop any bubbles!
Eyeball recipe pro-tips:
Place the lid on top of each of the molds and put in the fridge until cool. Give them several hours to cool completely.
It helps if you have a cookie sheet to hold all of your molds and move them around all at once.
Once they have cooled completely, to remove you can gently place your finger next to the eyeball and start carefully prying it out. It will slowly release its suction, and once it pulls out a little bit you can turn the mold upside-down to drop it into your hand.
You can serve chilled or at room temperature (agar agar will still be solid at room temperature) but I find that it’s best chilled.
I mean, who wants to eat lukewarm eyeballs? Now that’s really gross.
This recipe is for eight eyeballs; because you only have six molds, you will have to wait until the first lot is cooled before taking out and adding the last two.
Or you could just buy extra sphere molds. Or just pour into a different mold to enjoy.
If the agar agar mixture starts solidifying while you are cooling the first set, don’t worry! You can simply reheat the agar agar mixture in the pan and it will turn back into a liquid.
Eyeball recipe FAQs:
Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about these eyeballs.
Adjusting the sweetness of these eyeballs
I have seen some reviews that said this recipe wasn’t sweet enough. I recommend that you make sure to taste your eyeball mixture while it is still in liquid form.
If it isn’t sweet enough when it’s a liquid, it won’t be any sweeter when it’s solid!
Take a spoonful out and cool a bit so you don’t burn yourself when tasting it.
If it isn’t sweet enough, add a little more sugar until you get the sweetness to where you want it! Then you can follow the rest of the steps as planned.
Can I make this eyeball alcoholic?
Please see this recipe for the jello shot version of these eyeballs.
I don’t like coconut, what other liquid can I use?
If you don’t like coconut, you can also substitute other white-colored opaque beverages, such as almond milk or soy milk, but you will need to play with the sugar ratios and taste test while you are heating everything up.
Just taste it before adding the agar agar to make sure you like the flavor and sweetness! You might even try adding a little vanilla and see how that turns out.
How long will these eyeballs stay good?
When properly refrigerated these eyeballs should stay good in the fridge for around 3 days. Give the smell test if you are ever unsure.
However, after refrigerating a while you may start to notice the color of the black bleeding into the white of the eyeball — this is a normal occurrence as jelly/jello sits at rest.
So many people asked this question I took a picture of the eyeball after it rested 3 days — take a look for yourself!
- 2 cans coconut milk, unsweetened
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 tsp agar agar
- red, blue, and green gel food coloring
Prepare the food coloring
- Place a pea-sized amount of each red, green, and blue food coloring in the bottom of a small, heat-safe mixing bowl. Set aside.
Prepare the agar agar mixture
- Pour all the coconut milk and water in a medium saucepan (you want it to equal 4 cups, total). Add 2 tsp of agar agar and whisk until it is all incorporated into the coconut milk.
- Place over medium-high heat and bring to a gentle boil, reducing heat once it boils to bring it to a simmer.
- Add the 1/2 cup sugar and stir until all the sugar is dissolved. At this point, give the mixture a little taste and see if it is sweet enough for you. If not, add sugar by the tbsp until it is sweet enough, stir until dissolved, then remove from heat.
- Remove 1/4 + 1/8 cup of the agar agar mixture and place into the bowl with the food coloring. Whisk until the mixture is black and place 1 tbsp each into the bottom of the six spherical molds (put them all on a cookie sheet for easy moving). Put all molds into the refrigerator to cool.
- After about 15-30 minutes, check and see if the black mixture has set. If it has, begin adding the rest of the white agar agar/coconut mixture on top of the black mixture evenly across the rest of the six molds, leaving a small amount of space at the top. (Note that if the mixture in the pan has started to solidify, you can reheat to make liquid again).
- Once all the molds have been filled, place the lids carefully on each mold and press down gently. Put back in the fridge.
- Allow to chill several hours until eyeballs are fully set. Repeat with the remaining mixture for two more eyeballs if desired. Remove and serve as desired.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 17gProtein: 0g