BY DANIEL NEMAN
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Let’s face it: Nobody really gets scared on Halloween.
We all know that those ghosts and witches and vampires flying around aren’t there to haunt us or to drink our blood; they’re just children looking for a good time and a lot of candy.
In a similar vein, so to speak, Halloween party food that claims to be frightening, isn’t. It is merely meant to be enjoyable, something to evoke the idea of horror.
And yet, there is something unnerving about eating something that is looking back at you. Even when it’s all in fun.
This Halloween, the eyes have it.
For a lighthearted Halloween party this year, we made food that really has its eyes open. Candy eyeballs, painted eyeballs, googly eyeballs — they are all essential parts of a happy Halloween feast.
And they’re all so deliciously easy to make.
JALAPEÑO POPPER MUMMIES
Yield: 8 servings
- 8 jalapeño peppers
- 4 ounces softened cream cheese
- 4 ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded
- 1 scallion, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
- Pinch salt
- Pinch ground black pepper
- 16 candy eyeballs
- 1 tube crescent rolls
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice jalapeños in half lengthwise and scoop out the interiors.
2. Place cream cheese, pepper jack cheese, scallions, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Fill the jalapeño halves with this mixture.
3. Unroll crescent rolls into rectangles consisting of 2 triangles each, pinching together the seams. With a pizza cutter, slice each rectangle lengthwise into 4 even strips.
4. Wrap 1 or 2 pieces around each pepper, leaving a small opening for the eyes. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown. Immediately place 2 candy eyes in each opening.
Per serving: 167 calories; 11 g fat; 5 g saturated fat; 14 mg cholesterol; 3 g protein; 13 g carbohydrate; 4 g sugar; no fiber; 265 mg sodium; 17 mg calcium.
Adapted from frugalcouponliving.com
Yield: 4 servings
- 4 glazed doughnuts
- 4 sets monster teeth
- 8 candy eyeballs
Place monster teeth (or vampire teeth) in the hole of each doughnut. Press 2 candy eyeballs above them.
Per serving: 272 calories; 15 g fat; 6 g saturated fat; 19 mg cholesterol; 4 g protein; 31 g carbohydrate; 15 g sugar; 1 g fiber; 202 mg sodium; 65 mg calcium.
Recipe from atimeforallseasons.net
BLACK CAT OREOS
Yield: 5 servings
- 15 Oreos
- 1/2 tablespoon chocolate frosting
- 30 green M&M’s, see note
- 15 pumpkin or orange sprinkles or edible pearls
- 1 tablespoon chocolate chips
- Black edible marker or decorating gel
Note: Single-color M&M’s can be found at some party supply stores.
Frost the back of the M&M’s and attach 2 to each cookie for the eyes. Dip a toothpick in the frosting and smear on half of a sprinkle or pearl. Attach to the cookie underneath the eyes for a nose. Dip the flat part of the chocolate chips in the frosting and attach to the top of the cookie for the ears. With the black edible marker, draw the center of the eyes on the M&M’s.
Per serving: 189 calories; 8 g fat; 3 g saturated fat; 1 mg cholesterol; 1 g protein; 29 g carbohydrate; 18 g sugar; 1 g fiber; 146 mg sodium; 5 mg calcium.
Recipe from partypinching.com
Yield: 7 servings
- 1/2 bag dark cocoa candy melts
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 35 mini twist pretzels
- 70 small candy eyeballs
1. Melt the chocolate candy melts according to the directions on the package, adding vegetable oil to the mixture for easy dipping.
2. Dip the pretzels into the candy melts, coating both sides. Place pretzels on waxed paper, making sure the bottom section of the pretzel is not filled with chocolate. Insert melted chocolate into the top two sections of the pretzel. When the chocolate has almost set, place a candy eyeball into the top two sections. Allow to set until firm.
Per serving: 194 calories; 10 g fat; 7 g saturated fat; no cholesterol; 1 g protein; 26 g carbohydrate; 19 g sugar; 1 g fiber; 175 mg sodium; no calcium.
Recipe adapted from orientaltrading.com
BLOODSHOT DEVILED EYEBALLS
Yield: 6 servings
- 6 eggs
- Pinch table salt
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon good-quality mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 12 black olive slices
- 1 pimento or jarred roasted red pepper
1. To hard-cook eggs: Bring a pot of water to a full boil. Gently lower the eggs into the water and immediately drop the temperature down to a low simmer. Cook for 11 to 14 minutes. Immediately place the eggs in ice water and allow to cool at least 15 minutes. Peel eggs.
2. Cut eggs in half crosswise; carefully remove the yolks, leaving the whites intact.
3. Place yolks in a bowl; mash with the salt, mayonnaise and lemon juice until blended and fairly smooth. Using 2 spoons or a small ice cream scoop, scoop yolk mixture into small balls and position in hollows of whites to resemble eyeballs.
4. Press an olive slice into center of each yolk eyeball. Cut pimento into very thin 2-inch long strips for veins. Decorate eyeballs with bloodshot veins.
5. Cover and refrigerate up to 6 hours before serving. Egg yolk mixture can be prepared 1 day ahead and refrigerated. Fill egg whites, decorate and refrigerate up to 6 hours before serving.
Per serving: 161 calories; 14 g fat; 3 g saturated fat; 191 mg cholesterol; 6 g protein; 1 g carbohydrate; 1 g sugar; no fiber; 201 mg sodium; 33 mg calcium.
Recipe adapted from Women’s Day.