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!)
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!
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HALLOWEEN EYEBALL RECIPE: GIANT EDIBLE COW EYEBALLS
Looking for the perfect Halloween eyeball recipe? This edible eyeball recipe is tasty and gross at the same time. The perfect spooky Halloween treat!
- 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
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OMG…you did such an AMAZING JOB…I am so so so so so impressed…you are like a fun version of Bill Nye The Science Guy! This is just fabulous and I am sure all the kids that experiment with this creation are going to have a BLAST!!! Sounds pretty tasty too …I just might have to make them!!! You rocked this one! Hugs…
Thank you so much, Andrea! I am glad I finally made something YOU can eat. 🙂
How much agar agar? The ingredients with the instructions doesn’t specify…
Thanks for telling me, Michelle! It said in the actual instructions but I added it to the ingredient list…it’s 4 tsp of agar agar, 1 tsp for every cup of liquid!
Hi Marissa, I’m excited to make these. Can I use something more readily available than the agar agar if I’m not worried about it being vegan? Thanks!
You could use clear gelatin, but it will have a more “jiggly” texture. You can find gelatin eyeball recipes on Pinterest easily, and then just adapt using the coconut flavor if you want! I haven’t don’t it myself, but it should work. I just personally really love agar agar, it’s super easy to work with. The “vegan” label is just a bonus. 😉
If your allergic to seaweed is there a substitute for agar agar?
Hi April! If you are allergic to seaweed you could modify this recipe with uncolored gelatin instead of agar agar…I haven’t tried it myself, but it should work. Search Pinterest or Google for “Jell-O eyeballs” and modify that recipe using these flavors and colors! I will try and do a Jell-O version for Halloween 2019!
Julie Briones says
So fun! And I love your backstory! Andrea’s comment made me giggle with joy for you! 😉 Pinning, dear heart! (and, yes, rolling-away-eyeballs are da worse!)
Carrie @ Curly Crafy Mom says
Wow! I have never seen anything like this, so original and SPOOOOoooOoooky, Marissa! 🙂 Did I ever tell you that I almost named my daughter Marissa? I love your name. Thanks for sharing this!
Woohoo! Glad you like it, Carrie. So funny about your daughter…I shall be the Marissa that you never had instead (although I am WAY too old to be your daughter, hahaha). Give your real daughter some eyeballs for me. 😉
You are so talented and creative! I’m a big fan already. You’ve inspired and entertained me, as a reader and fellow blogger. These eyeballs are just awesome, and I’m reminded that my hubby has round molds to make ice cubs for scotch…perhaps I’ll surprise him with a giant EYEBALL in his scotch! Moo-hoo-hoo-ahh-ahh-ahhh (sinister laugh).
Oh, you so need to do this! My molds were also intended for Scotch but we don’t drink Scotch…I bought them for the sole purpose of crafts and recipes, hahaha! If you drop an eyeball in his drink, make sure to come back and tell me how THAT goes. 😉
Excellent. I can already picture how I will showcase them on my spooky buffet. Thanks for all the tips. I’ll try to post pics back for ur review. Thanks
A spooky buffet table sounds amazing! I would love to see pictures afterward, looking forward to it Debby!
Sue ( It’s A Suds Thing) says
Love love love it!!! I liked to do fun things like this with my kids. Now my grand kids! Can’t wait to do this Halloween idea with them.
I am sure the grandkids will love them! My kids sure did…thanks for checking out my recipe, Sue.
Jas - All that's Jas says
That is absolutely genius! Pinning!
Awesome, Jas! Thanks for stopping by and pinning. 🙂
Do they release without spraying the molds with cooking spray? I spray the molds when I make Jello Jigglers. I love coconut. These look so cool.
Gayle, mine released great with no spray! I just very gently slid my finger in between the eyeball and the mold edge and pried it out very gently…it will start to pull away and then will fall out easily once you turn it upside down!
Thanks! Good to know!
Do you have a YouTube video of this recipe? I am not very good whennit comes to creative thing :(.
Veronica, I don’t yet but I was thinking of doing a FB live and then sharing that video on YouTube and my post later! Follow my FB page and if I do one you should be able to see it! I will say that agar agar is VERY forgiving…if you mess up and it gets solid, you can always reheat it for a do-over. Best of luck!
This looks amazing! I’m excited to use it for my Murser Mystery Party this year! (Murder on Baker Street) Question: Can these be made ahead of time? Like a few days in advance? Would they still be alright?
Thank you so much for your help!
That sounds like fun, Sarah! The ONLY issue I can see is that you will start to notice the black bleeding into the white day by day…the longer you wait, the more “muddy” the eyes might become, with more of a grayish area between the black and white. Otherwise, they should keep in the fridge for around 3 days!
Francisca suarez says
Hi, what does this taste like and texture? Is it like pudding or jello? Thanks.
Hi Francisca, the taste is a lovely sweet and rich coconut flavor. If you have ever had Thai sticky rice, that’s the kind of flavor. The texture is like a very stiff pudding. If you reduce the amount of agar agar, it could be softer but you risk the eyeball not holding their shape as well. It is basically like an Asian fruit jelly if you are familiar with those. Hope this helps!
Can’t wait to send this in for my 5th grade son’s Halloween treat!!!
Woohoo awesome Selena, I hope he loves it!
I am making them tomorrow! Can’t wait. Going to an adult Halloween get-together. Each one of us must bring a gross or delicious Halloween dish. Clearly, I am going for the gross (but may end up being both, huh?). This recipe is very apropos as all of the guests as well as the hostess are involved in farming of some sort. I will post pics. I have everything you have recommended except for the Telephone brand agar agar. I cannot get that brand in time. Hopefully, another brand will suffice. Thank you again for the idea and recipe. Pics and report to follow.
Awesome, I just hope you didn’t get the Gold Coin brand? If you did you will need WAY more agar agar, as the first ingredient is actually sugar and it throws off the ratios. Make sure and check if your brand is pure agar agar…I look forward to your report back. 🙂
Yeah! My husband drove more than an hour away to get me the Telephone brand. My eyes are in the fridge as we speak. Thank you again for the recipe. Will post pics tomorrow. So hope mine turn out well. Looking forward to showing them to everyone tonight.
Lori, your husband sounds like an awesome guy! I hope you will come back here and let me know how they go! Enjoy and happy Halloween!
Nisi Kemp says
I found them on Amazon too!!! We are having a contest at my clinic and I’m going to make these! Thank you
Sure thing, good luck with your contest. 🙂
Dani Fiori says
So spooky fun and super creative!!!
Thanks Dani! <3
These look incredible! What is the red sauce you used when you plated? I’d like to duplicate, start to finish.
Elena, it’s actually just a smear of red gel food coloring, it wouldn’t be tasty at all! BUT I think you could make a puree with strawberry or raspberry and sugar and cook it down and then use at as an accompanying sauce. Something like my zombie drink recipe would be perfect, I think. Check it out here https://www.squirrelsofafeather.com/zombie-gore-guzzlers/.
How long do these last refrigerated?
That is an interesting question, Rachel. Ours never last long enough to worry about it and I scoured the internet for an answer for you only to come up empty-handed. I would say it should last in a properly cool refrigerator at least 3 days safely, stored in an airtight container. After that, start checking for weird smells and textures. My motto is, if it doesn’t smell right, don’t eat it!
Can I substitute corn starch for the agar agar? I can not find agar agar locally and I did not leave myself enough time to order it online.
Amanda, do not use cornstarch! It will not be the correct texture and the taste will be horrid! If you don’t have time to get agar agar, you can try using the non-colored gelatin from the supermarket instead. There are plenty of Jell-O eyeball recipes on Pinterest, just follow their ingredient instructions and then use my trick for getting the black iris and white eye. Hope you find something that works!
Love the eyeballs! Is there a smaller spherical mold that could be used and where is the best place to purchase agar agar? I would love to make 40 for a Halloween dinner! Thanks for the recipe!
Janet, I went hunting around and didn’t really find anything smaller that I could recommend…I can say definitively NOT to buy the kind that comes in trays because they don’t work well (like this one, for reference – def not recommended – https://www.amazon.com/Ankway-Release-Silicone-Reusable-Cocktails/dp/B01G5CU2S6/ref=sr_1_78?ie=UTF8&qid=1540503988&sr=8-78&keywords=sphere+mold). Maybe look elsewhere in specialty shops? As for the agar agar, you can use the link above to purchase online or you can buy from your local Asian market. Make sure you DO NOT buy Gold Coin brand – Telephone brand is the kind I like!
Ok so I made these today for a Halloween party tomorrow… they turned out amazing! I followed your recipe exactly… I only made 6-i have three Halloween parties to go to this week. So how did you display them? Anyway-thanks for the great recipe idea!!
I think they look dramatic plated on a dark plate or bowl (contrasting with the white of the eyeballs). Having a small lip to the container helps, so they don’t roll around when transporting them. If you want to get REALLY gross you could dye some spaghetti red and nest the eyeballs in a bed of stringy “muscles and flesh”. Depends on how spooky you want to get. 🙂 I hope everyone loves them!
That’s one tiny hole in the top of the mold. Do you have any trick to pouring the liquid in?
They ARE small — but you don’t need to worry about that! The way that these are designed is ingenious; you simply fill up the bottom of the mold and then CAREFULLY put the lid on. The silicone sides of the lid mold push the liquid up, so that it fills the top part of the mold. The hole is actually just for the air to escape! You are left with beautiful, no hassle spheres! Hope I explained that ok!
Sweet! I’m making these tonight!
Awesome, hope you love them!
They are perfect! I only made six and used the extra to make a little green dinosaur in a cute pan that I have. This stuff has endless possibilities!
Thank you so much for sharing this!
I’m so glad they turned out well for you, Sarah! I remember you said you were going to make them. The dinosaur sounds too cute, I agree — agar agar is fun stuff to play with! Happy Halloween!
My pupils slide off 🙁
Do you know if cream would work? I’m not big on the coconut. Other than that they look amazing!!!!!
Heather, I am thinking that they might have slid off because you cooled the white part too much before adding it to the mold. I didn’t know that would happen, but it makes sense…if it is still hot, the white will slightly melt the black and “fuse” them together a bit more. Does that seem like it might have been the case? If so, I will make a note of it in the recipe. As for the cream, I could see it working…as long as it tastes good as a liquid in the pot, it will taste good when it solidifies! Make sure it’s flavored and sweetened exactly as you like it before putting it into the mold and you should be good!
Your edible eyeballs look amazing! I really want to try this technique, but I wonder if the texture is solid enough to go for only half-spheres? I want to do half-spheres both because I don’t have the right molds and because I think the full spheres are too big…
Yep, you can make it any shape you want! It will be like a very stiff pudding. Half spheres are easier than full spheres, in fact.
Thanks! I can’t wait to try. Just need to find the right agar agar here in Denmark – I don’t think I ever even worked with the animal gelatine before I turned plantbased. I have had so much fun with weird plantbased stuff I never heard of before, and this will be a totally new one 🙂 So many riches and inspiration – thanks again! Cooking has become an adventure and pure fun!
It is a lot of fun! I hope you can find some good agar agar, just watch out for brands that have SUGAR as the first ingredient…you don’t want those! FYI, if you are looking for great plant-based recipes, one of my good friends has a FANTASTIC blog entirely with Whole Food Plant Based diet recipes. Check her out, her stuff is awesome. https://monkeyandmekitchenadventures.com
Thanks for the tip(s) – I surely will 🙂
I was curious if you may have an idea on how to make these alcoholic??!!!
You know like a Jell-O shot eyeball lol
We do an adult Halloween party every year and this would be a new fun idea to try
Hey Amanda! This is on my to-do list, but I don’t have a recipe for you with alcohol yet. FYI this recipe is much less jiggley than a Jello shot would be, and much larger! I think this would equate to about a double or quadruple shot (Jello shots are usually in 1 or 2 oz sizes; these ball molds make 4 oz).
If you wanted to try experimenting before with some recipes before I get something out, I would think about what kind of alcohol might pair well with the coconut flavor and your personal taste, like rum and banana liquer or rum and a little pinapple juice instead of water? Just some ideas. 🙂
So what’s a good substitute if you don’t want to use coconut milk? I know that there are some of my family that don’t like coconut
Desirae, this is a tough one because I haven’t personally tried other flavors myself — you definitely would need a white liquid and then ones I can think of would be: sweetened condensed milk, almond milk, and soy milk. Each one will have varying initial sweetness, so you would need to do a taste test as you are cooking it and see if you need to add extra sugar! My personal preference would probably be the sweetened condensed milk, but I could also see that coming out as VERY sweet. That one might need to be served as half an eyeball per serving. Again, throwing out ideas — this would take some experimenting on your part. Cheers!
Beverly Chester says
Can you tell me how far in advance I can make these eyeballs. I need to make about 30 and would like to have them done a few days before my party is that possible?
I’ve got you covered, Beverly! There are a few things to consider here. First, the eyeballs can be stored around 3 days in the fridge, I always give the “smell test” just to make sure things stay fresh. However, if you allow the eyeballs to sit a few days you might notice some of the color start to “bleed” from the black part into the white. What I mean by that is the line won’t be as clear and it will become rather grayish between the two. With that in mind, I would say it really would be best to make these the day before…are you planning on buying several sets of sphere mold sets? Keep in mind each eyeball will need 4 hours at least to fully set! I hope this helps.
Beverly Chester says
Thanks, gives me a lot to think about, will do a trial run
Beverly D Chester says
I forgot to add to my last question can I use black food coloring instead of making my own?
Yes, Beverly! You can absolutely use your own black food coloring. I love your dedication! 🙂
How far in advance can the cow eyeballs be made ? Also, how long can they sit out of the fridge?
Hey Tina, I just answered this question for someone else so I am going to copy and paste what I said to her:
There are a few things to consider here. First, the eyeballs can be stored around 3 days in the fridge, I always give the “smell test” just to make sure things stay fresh. However, if you allow the eyeballs to sit a few days you might notice some of the color start to “bleed” from the black part into the white. What I mean by that is the line won’t be as clear and it will become rather grayish between the two. With that in mind, I would say it really would be best to make these the day before…are you planning on buying several sets of sphere mold sets? Keep in mind each eyeball will need 4 hours at least to fully set! I hope this helps.
Carly Echard says
This recipe was great. I wanted to share what I did to tweak it some. I added more sugar and a key lime flavor additive. They can be purchased in any cake shop. It’s clear so does not effect the color and sweetens it quite a bit, paired with a cherry jam or sauce on the side, perfection.
Oooh, that combination sounds lovely! Coconut, lime, and cherry on the side, love it!
Karen Hancock says
i ordered the molds and the agar agar on Amazon. Followed the instructions exactly and my eyeballs turned out perfectly. I couldn’t believe how easy they were. I have a giant Halloween BOO-ffet every year (150+) and name my dishes horrible names (maggots magnifique (Korean Fried Rice), Igor’s entrails (Spicy Brats), etc.). This year I’m making these and calling them Bloody Bette Davis Eye(ball)s. I found a bowl with what looks like blood that swishes around the edges at Walmart and I’m stacking them in it and serving them with raspberry coulis. Thanks for the great recipe. You are very clever.
That sounds absolutely fabulous, Karen! I would love to have an invite to THAT party myself! The Maggots Magnifique sounds particularly delicious. Have fun at your party!