Halloween is the season to have fun with your food – but with so many gross-out recipes out there, it’s refreshing to find something that’s gory, yet not actually disgusting to eat. These creepy I-scream sundaes are simple to make using ice cream or frozen yogurt and berry jelly or puree for a bloody effect – a perfect pairing with candy eyeballs or severed fingers. Perfect for a party or dinnertime dessert, anyone can make them – the bloodier, the better. And no need for food coloring!
All you need to make these creepy sundaes is ice cream, candy body parts (really – I found a bag of them at the dollar store, including eyeballs, fingers and teeth) or other candies that resemble eyeballs, and red berry jelly or puree – pick up a package of frozen berries in syrup, thaw and puree in the blender or food processor. I used plain old cherry jelly – Nanking cherry from last summer – which has the perfect color and consistency for fake blood. I spooned some into a snack-size zip-lock bag and snipped off one corner.
To make bloodshot eyeballs, squeeze the jelly over a round scoop of white ice cream (I used vanilla bean) and place a round eyeball candy in the middle. (You could also add a shard of hard candy “glass” to make bloody eyeballs…) For a severed finger, simply glob on the jelly and stick a gummy finger in the middle. Easy.
For those fearful of the dentist, a set of bloody teeth works too. (Although it likely won’t help with that fear of the dentist.)
And at the end, you have a delicious berry sundae to eat – nothing truly disgusting – just ice cream, berries and sugar. Happy Halloween!