Two days until Halloween! Have you picked out your costumes and gotten all your candy ready for the trick-or-treaters?
These white chocolate eyeballs are perfect if you want to take the homemade, less sugary route to Halloween candy. They might be more time consuming than just buying a few bags of candy from the store, but they’ll taste better, no one will be hopped up on sugar bouncing off the walls, and everyone you give these to will surely be impressed.
First, boil your sweet potatoes in a saucepan until they’re tender. I used Japanese purple sweet potatoes because I figured it would add to the creepiness. I feel like everyone has their own method of boiling potatoes, but I like to start with cold water and when it comes to a boil, turn it down to a simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. If you pierce one with a toothpick or fork and it falls off on its own, you’re good to go.
Put your drained sweet potatoes, butter, sugar, and heavy cream into a bowl and mash away. I actually don’t own a potato masher so I started with a fork and whipped up the rest with an electric beater. Let the mixture cool completely.
Take a tablespoonful of the cooled sweet potato mixture and roll it up into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and let them chill in the fridge. You could, of course, make them as big or small as you like. I just chose to make them this size because I was going to use them as cupcake toppers.
While the sweet potato balls are chilling, temper the white chocolate. I looked at Ecole Chocolat for help. Dip each sweet potato ball into the tempered white chocolate and let them harden. Once they’ve hardened completely, paint on the details using gel food color. I tried using liquid food color at first but the surface of the chocolate wouldn’t let the liquid through and the color didn’t stay on. I used Sky Blue and Leaf Green in Wilton’s set of 8 colors for the iris, Pink mixed with some Orange from the same set for the veins (I was missing the jar of Christmas Red for whatever reason), and Black that I bought separately for the pupil and the details on the iris.
I’m not a fan of food coloring but I had so much fun painting these eyeballs! I used to love painting in high school, but hadn’t really painted since then, and didn’t realize how much I missed it. Try them out this weekend and have them ready for Monday!