The perfect Halloween confection: Monster’s Eyeballs!

Courtesy of Caleb Leeming ‘24.

Candy is the lifeblood of every Halloween event. Dozens of varieties of chocolate morsels and sour strips blend into a nauseatingly delicious night, but there is always something missing: salt. Introducing some salt into your festivities, whether at a socially-distanced outdoor gathering or while recovering from a sugar overload in your bed, surrounded by wrappers, can improve your Halloween candy experience exponentially. However, if you are concerned about cheating on the typical sweetness with a savory snack, look no further. This blend of salt, chocolate and scariness will be a perfect addition to your pillowcase of treats.

My family and I used to make Monster’s Eyeballs every year for Halloween parties and potlucks. When placed on tables brimming with skeleton cookies, witches’ fingers and piles of candy corn, our platter would always be the first to empty. This was the perfect easy dessert for a five-year-old to concoct almost completely on her own. And a typical college student is just as capable. Try this recipe with your podmates for a fun time and a horrifyingly delicious reward. Skylar Huebner ’24 said, “They were super fun to make and came out really cute! The squish when you press the M&M in is super satisfying, and they were really yummy after they cooled.” These snacks were a huge hit for Huebner’s group of friends, and they are the best first step to Halloweek.

Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of mini square pretzels
  • 1 bag of Hershey’s kisses
  • 1 bag of M&M’s

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 250° F. 
  2. Spread the pretzels on a baking sheet in a single layer. Unwrap enough Hershey’s kisses for one kiss per pretzel. Place a Hershey’s kiss on each pretzel.
  3. Heat for 1-2 minutes, and then try to press an M&M into each Hershey’s kiss. The M&M should easily spread the kiss into a circle without melting all over the pretzel. 
  4. Refrigerate for a few hours—or as long as you can wait—and store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

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