I know it is only a short while before my lil ones come home with bags of treats, so I wanted to try to make my own candy! Epicurious had a great recipe for a frightful version of buckeye candy; traditionally it is a peanut butter ball that is then coated in a thin layer of chocolate. With a little creative dunking and a bag of M&M's, these candies are transformed into a spooky, yet, scrumptious monster eyeball.
Kids can definitely help with the whole process because the recipe only requires a microwave. You might even be grateful as mixing the peanut butter and powdered sugar is best done by hand and can be a pretty messy job! The finished candies would be cute packaged in small gifts bags as a ghoulish treat for your kids' friends! Children of all ages (including adults) are bound to love this classic combination, so if you want to get started on your own eye-poppingly delicious candy for Halloween keep reading for my tips and recipe.
- Use an M&M to create an indentation in each peanut butter ball to create a place for the cornea prior to freezing.
- Freeze the peanut butter balls prior to dipping. I found out the hard way, the refrigerator ones slide around on the toothpick making coating in the chocolate difficult.
- Don't freeze after inserting the M&M as the color can often bleed into the peanut butter.
Ingredients 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter Directions Makes 48 peanut butter eyeballs.
Monster Candy Eyeballs
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
1 (1-pound) package confectioners’ sugar (about 4 cups)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)
2 tablespoons solid vegetable shortening
1 package M&Ms
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
Makes 48 peanut butter eyeballs.