Gummy Eyeballs for Halloween!
Gummy Eyeballs Recipe Video
Gelatin is one of the most fun things to play with at Halloween. Last year I made super-realistic gummy worms with just gelatin, juice and some straws. Cheap and easy. This year I went all out and bought a $10 ice mold to make gummy eyeballs! (this one on Amazon). Still pretty cheap, definitely easy.
If you can’t find blueberries, try a small grape cut in half to make the pupil. Try different colored juices to make the irises. The recipe works with either low fat or regular coconut milk, though the regular coconut milk produces a more opaque white (the ones in the picture below were made with low-fat; the ones in the video thumbnail were made with regular). I use just a tablespoon of sugar for slightly sweet gummy eyeballs but you can add two tablespoons if you like. And save the leftover juice gelatin. Once it’s set, break it up and use it as part of your creepy, gummy eyeball display!
Gummy Eyeballs RecipePrint
DIY Gummy Eyeballs for Halloween
- Prep Time: 90 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- 4 blueberries
- 3 envelopes plain gelatin
- 1/4 cup cherry juice
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1–2 tablespoons sugar
- boiling water
- 1 4-hole ice mold
- Pour the cherry juice into a heat-proof bowl and sprinkle one packet of gelatin over. Let sit 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup boiling water and stir until smooth.
- Use a straw to pick up a few drops of mixture and put a little into the bottom of each ice mold. Add one blueberry to each. Cover blueberries with about a teaspoon of gelatin. Refrigerate 5 minutes until set.
- In another heat-proof pitcher or glass measuring cup, combine coconut milk, sugar and 2 packets of gelatin. Stir to dissolve and let sit 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup boiling water and stir until smooth.
- Gently pour over the blueberry layer, filling mold about 3/4 way up. Press the top on and refrigerate about 1 hour until set.
- Remove from mold. If you like, use the remaining cherry gelatin broken up as a base to serve the eyeballs on!
This is the ice mold I used (Amazon affiliate link)
Well…looks great to me! I am, however, thinking Jello Shots, and how I can convert this recipe into that! 😉
Maybe “Coconut Rum” for the eyeballs and some cherry vodka for the balance? 😉
I think that sounds good!
Vodka added to thhe coconut milk instead of water
You really do get creative around Halloween! I liked the “hallow-peño poppers” that you made a few years ago.
Thanks, Pat! I liked that recipe, too 🙂
Could I sub strawberry gelatin for the cherry mix ? How much strawberry gelatin and hot water would I need without the cherry juice?
You’d be better off following the recipe and using some red food colored water instead of cherry juice. But you can try it with a box of flavored gelatin and dissolve it in 1/4 cup boiling water
How much sugar is needed
It’s in the recipe card, 1-2 tablespoons
I saw your video last year and made these for a potluck and everyone LOVED them. They were screaming “I’m eating an eyeball and it tastes GOOD” HAHA so much fun.
Is there a way to substitute the gelatin for agar? (Vegan friendly) If so how much?
That’s great, Antionette! I have never used agar before, I’m sorry I don’t have an answer for you.
Making a large batch for a party….any idea how long they last? Would like to make night before, but party isn’t until 630pm next day….thank you for any input
I think 24 hours in the fridge would be fine!
Hello! What could I use as a substitute for the blueberries?
maybe small cherries? It’s aesthetic so anything you can think of that is small and round and edible. You could prob even use Skittles or some kind of candy like that
Is it canned or bottled coconut milk?as I used canned and looks a bit grainy for some reason
I’ve only used canned but I don’t know why yours would look grainy. Maybe your coconut milk was colder than mine and the coconut fat wasn’t fully melted?
Also after you place the blueberry in the cherry gelatine do you top with sprinkle 1teaspoon of gelatin powder or cherry gelatine mix before placing in the fridge
You use the cherry gelatin liquid. The video demonstrates it very well.
Can I ask why we add cherry juice to plain gelatin rather than strawberry or cherry flavored gelatin? Is the flavor too strong or is it just for a different color effect?
You totally could use a flavored gelatin for these. I just enjoy making things more complicated, I guess! 😛
Looks so cool! My son wants a Halloween birthday party coming up in March. How far in advance can I make these for the party?
I don’t really know, but I would guess 1-2 days?