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 Recipe

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DIY Gummy Eyeballs for Halloween

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  • Author: Hilah Johnson
  • 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
  • 12 tablespoons sugar
  • boiling water
  • Tools:
  • 1 4-hole ice mold
  • straw
  • teaspoon


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Gently pour over the blueberry layer, filling mold about 3/4 way up. Press the top on and refrigerate about 1 hour until set.
  5. Remove from mold. If you like, use the remaining cherry gelatin broken up as a base to serve the eyeballs on!

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  1. Larry Joseph Morgan on October 18, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Well…looks great to me! I am, however, thinking Jello Shots, and how I can convert this recipe into that! 😉

    • Larry Joseph Morgan on October 18, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      Maybe “Coconut Rum” for the eyeballs and some cherry vodka for the balance? 😉

      • Hilah on October 18, 2016 at 1:59 pm

        I think that sounds good!

      • Angel on October 22, 2017 at 6:29 am

        Vodka added to thhe coconut milk instead of water

  2. pat Soltis on October 18, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    You really do get creative around Halloween! I liked the “hallow-peño poppers” that you made a few years ago.

    • Hilah on October 19, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Thanks, Pat! I liked that recipe, too 🙂

  3. Lex on October 17, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Could I sub strawberry gelatin for the cherry mix ? How much strawberry gelatin and hot water would I need without the cherry juice?

    • Hilah on October 19, 2018 at 10:39 am

      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

  4. Ashley on October 30, 2018 at 5:08 am

    How much sugar is needed

    • Hilah on November 2, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      It’s in the recipe card, 1-2 tablespoons

  5. Antoinette Lee on October 30, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    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?

    • Hilah on November 2, 2018 at 2:50 pm

      That’s great, Antionette! I have never used agar before, I’m sorry I don’t have an answer for you.

  6. Amy Carson on October 15, 2020 at 8:30 am

    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

    • Hilah on October 17, 2020 at 6:17 am

      I think 24 hours in the fridge would be fine!

  7. Gabriela on October 16, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    Hello! What could I use as a substitute for the blueberries?

    • Hilah on October 17, 2020 at 6:19 am

      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

  8. Sarah on October 1, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Is it canned or bottled coconut milk?as I used canned and looks a bit grainy for some reason

    • Hilah on October 4, 2021 at 5:51 am

      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?

  9. Sarah on October 1, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    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

    • Hilah on October 4, 2021 at 5:50 am

      You use the cherry gelatin liquid. The video demonstrates it very well.

  10. Ashlea on October 27, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    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?

    • Hilah on October 29, 2021 at 7:15 am

      You totally could use a flavored gelatin for these. I just enjoy making things more complicated, I guess! 😛

  11. Stephanie on January 15, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    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?

    • Hilah on February 8, 2022 at 11:42 am

      I don’t really know, but I would guess 1-2 days?

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