Want to simultaneously impress and completely disgust your guests at your next Halloween bash? I’m pretty certain these eyeballs will do the trick. They honestly do take a bit of work and planning, but the end result is so spectacular that it’s worth it! I mean, Jell-O shots are always fun at a late-night gathering, but these just take it to the next level. The texture is, well, let’s just say alarmingly realistic for what you are about to pop into your mouth.
To make these, you’ll need to purchase a 15-cavity mini half sphere mold. I’d also recommend getting the 1-ounce plastic cups made specifically for Jell-O shots, as these are the perfect size for the eyeballs.
The first step is to mold the eyeball whites (made white by using plain gelatin and sweetened condensed milk, mixed with a bunch of vodka of course) and let them set, and then to do the same with the cups. Once those are set, you can just pop the eyeballs out of the mold and gently place them on the set Jell-O in the cups.
To paint the irises and pupils, I used gel food coloring and a small, thin, sturdy paintbrush (be sure to use one that is clean and hasn’t been used for painting – best to purchase a cheap new one for this purpose). You can paint the irises any color you like. I like blue so there you go. For the pupils I used red, because on top of the blue it ended up nice and dark. And for the bloodshot eye effect, I used a toothpick dipped into the red food coloring, and then just drew them on.
And for those who don’t drink, or want to gross out your kids – you can easily make these non-alcoholic! Just swap out the vodka for water. It’s that easy!