DIY Spooky Candy Eyes (vegan, no corn syrup)

It’s getting close to Halloween and baking spooky treats with the family is so much fun! But a lot of the Halloween-themed foods come wrapped in plastic, even some of the ingredients. I found two fun Halloween recipes that are adorable with these edible eyeballs, but they could work on any culinary creature you come up with!

Like always, I was able to find all the ingredients listed either in bulk (package free) or glass packaging. You will need a piping bag for this recipe. But before you go reaching for a ziploc bag, I’ll show you how to make one out of compostable parchment paper. It’ll take a couple tries but I promise you’ll get the hang of it, and you’ll feel super accomplished.

Video Instructions:

 

 

Now let’s make some eyesbawz.

Full disclosure: this took me two attempts to get down, both the piping bag and the eyeball mixture. The first one went all wrong… frosting was too liquid-y, I cut the hole in the piping bag too large, I couldn’t control the flow of the frosting and felt like I love Lucy at the candy factory.But don’t worry, no good food gets wasted here. I just used this frosting to decorate cookies for another recipe. But practice makes perfect.

Take a square piece of parchment paper and cut it into a triangle, you can save that triangle to use on your working surface, or make two piping bags. Hold the long point of one triangle and curl around to touch the center point. Now take the other point, and curl it around the forming tube until you form the piping bag shape. Like so. Now fold the ends of the bag downward, and roll a few times inward to secure. Fill with the frosting FIRST, then cut a SMALL hole at the end of the bag.

Make little dots along the other piece of parchment paper:

Allow the dots to set for 30-60 minutes, or put them in the fridge which really makes them easier to work with.

 

For the pupils, I used melted chocolate. Chocolate baking discs are another ingredient I can find in bulk, but if you can’t, regular chocolate chips will work.

 

I melted about 3 discs (or about 1/2 a tablespoon of chocolate chips), and using the end of a (clean) metal bottle stop, I gently dotted on little spots on each eye.

Since these are monster eyes, I made some bigger than others:

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/4 tablespoon maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon water or milk alternative (+ more if needed in 1/4 teaspoon increments)

1/4 teaspoon cornstarch

 

This amount made 30 small eyes, so double or triple the recipe as needed.

 

Mix all the ingredients together. Remember, this is not a frosting, so don’t be discouraged if it looks to dry. I needs to be very paste-like. However, if it is too try, add a bit more water, 1/4 teaspoon at a time, until you get a nice pasty consistency.

 

Spoon into your parchment paper piping bag and cut a small hole off the tip of the bag. Squeeze out into tiny pea sized circles, or whatever size you want for your little critters

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