As a kid, I was a big fan of Halloween, especially the haunted cafeteria our school would set up. My favorite part? The table of “brains” and “eyeballs.” Sure, I liked all the candies, but I especially loved the covered bowls of peeled grapes that you were encouraged to stick your hand into and squeal in delight and disgust. They really did feel like eyeballs! I dreamed of one day hosting an extravagant Halloween party to rival the likes of my school cafeteria, complete with edible horrors that would both repulse and delight.
How to Make Edible Bloody Eyeballs
While I have yet to host the full-blown spook-travaganza (though I do foresee a brain-shaped Jell-O mold in my future), I’m spook-ifying my drinks this Halloween.
How, you may ask? Well, I’ll make my guests' drinks stare back at them with Edible Bloody Eyeballs. It’s easy!
Edible Bloody Eyeballs
- 2 (15-ounce) cans lychees in syrup, drained (save the syrup for cocktails)
- 6 ounces (1¼ cups) blueberries
- Red food coloring
You'll also need cocktail skewers (I like these “evil eye” ones) plus a bowl for serving (glass is great because you can see all the eyeballs).
- Take a whole lychee (the ones falling apart won’t work so well, so I just eat them as a snack) and carefully drop one or two drops of red food coloring into the hole in the center. I recommend wearing disposable gloves here, since the red food coloring can stain your fingers (unless you’re going for that look for your Halloween costume).
- Then, stick a blueberry into the center of the lychee; add a few drops of red food coloring around the edge of the blueberry as desired; and voilà, you have an edible, bloody eyeball!
- Serve immediately (the red food coloring tends to seep out after a bit, so best plop them into a martini as soon as you dare!).
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