I have taken a short break from my alliterated titles – some of you will be sad, most, I am sure, slightly relieved! However, I break with tradition only briefly and I will be back to the cheesey titles soon enough. Today I bring you one of my favourite Halloween treats: eyeballs. These are made with oreos and chocolate, and are very simple – the kids can certainly get involved! This recipe is an adaptation of one that I pinched off the interweb somewhere – annoyingly I can’t remember exactly where, but I think it may have been this one. Either way, I’m sure you will love these chocolately treats just as much as me and my family!
150g oreos (I prefer double-stuff!)
150g milk chocolate
100g plain cake – vanilla/victoria sponge/madeira
500g white chocolate
decorations – writing icing, smarties… Whatever tickles your fancy!
Start off by smashing your oreos into smithereens; I used a food processor, but a pestle and mortar or the end of a rolling pin will work just as well, and can be a lot more fun and stress relieving!
Next up, you need to gently melt the milk chocolate, and then add the oreos. Crumble in the cake into the milk, and then mix that in too.
Give it a good mix, until it looks kind of grim, but tastes delightful (go on, try it, I won’t tell anyone!).
Okay, now you need to roll these puppies up into balls – I tend to leave the mixture somewhere cool for about half an hour first, but if you’re impatient, you can skip that. They will be a bit messier, but oh well! Pop them on a tray (I like to cover mine with tin foil, which means one less thing to wash up!).
Here’s the deal – they will not be perfect circles. In fact, the whole exercise is kind of untidy. If you really want beautiful spheres, wrap each of your chocoballs in a bit of clingfilm (saran wrap for you crazy Americans!) and leave them in the fridge for about 5-10 minutes. Then roll them on a surface until they are a nice ball, and take off the clingfilm. (Don’t forget this bit…otherwise they will not taste as great!)
Anyhoo… Pop the misshapen chocoballs into the freezer for about half an hour. As per usual, you can use this time for fun activities like cleaning up! Or you could hide in a wardrobe and wait for someone to open it and scare them! It is Halloween after all.
You can also melt about 400g of the white chocolate, and then add the remaining pieces and stir them in – this will cool down the chocolate, which is good as we want the chocolate to be as cool as possible (without going hard again..).
Pop your chocoballs onto a rack with foil under it to catch any drips. And now you can start to cover them in chocolate! Drop the balls into the white chocolate, using a spoon rather than your hands, to avoid the chocoballs getting too warm and melting into the white stuff. If you’re using smarties as the middles of the eyes, stick ’em on now. Leave them to set on the rack, and then put them back in the fridge to harden completely.
When they are set, decorate! There are so many options for how you do this – personally, I like to keep it relatively simple with the (dodgy) eyeball, but I tried a mummy and a fanged mouth this time too. You could make a ghost by covering a chocolate ball in rolled royal icing and painting on a little face, or make a spider with liquorice legs – the possibilities are endless! Enjoy, and happy Halloween!
You need to keep these in the fridge, but it’s worth taking them out of the fridge half an hour to an hour before eating, as they can be rather hard! They also make fantastic decorations. Enjoy!