Spooky Halloween Ghost Berries
Ryan Scott's Ghost Berries
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These ghostly berries are fun to make with kids for an easy Halloween treat. They'll never realize they're being tricked into eating fruit on a candy-filled holiday.

Technique tip: The homemade googly eyes need to be made at least 4 hours ahead of time to allow for drying.

Ingredients

  • Googly eyes

    • 1 large egg white
    • 1½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
    • Chocolate chips
    • Candy coated sunflower seeds
    • Wax paper
  • Ghost berries

    • 12 large strawberries
    • 2 cups white candy melts
    • 1/2 cup dark chocolate or chocolate chips
    • Wax paper

Preparation

For the googly eyes:

1. Whisk together the egg white and sifted powdered sugar with a mixer (handheld or stand) until smooth. The mixture should be thick and gloppy like frosting, not thin like cookie icing. If it's too thick, add water by the half-teaspoon until it reaches the desired consistency.

2. Put icing in a plastic piping bag and cut a small hole at the tip (a zip-top bag works great if you don't have a piping bag).

3. Pipe small mounds of icing on the wax paper and immediately push a chocolate chip or sunflower seed in for the pupil. Since they are "googly" eyes, you should put the pupil towards the edge of the eyeball. The seeds are cool because you can use different colors and they have a kind of "evil" shape.

4. Let the eyes dry for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight, especially if your kitchen is humid.

5. When the eyes are dry, peel them off the paper and store in an airtight container.

For the ghost berries:

1. Melt the candy melts over a double boiler or in the microwave.

2. Dip the berries in the melted candy melts, using the leaves as a handle. Scrape the bottom of the berry gently on the edge of the bowl and place on wax paper to set.

3. Once the berries are dipped, melt the dark chocolate over a double boiler and pour into a paper cone or small piping bag (another zip-top bag will work here too) and cut a teeny-tiny hole at the tip.

4. Pipe a ghostly moaning mouth on each berry and two dots for eyes. Working quickly, add the dried googly eyes on the chocolate eye dots.

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