If you can make it yourself (especially for less) then do it.
Last year as I was making my son's 3rd birthday cake I ended up with some left over royal icing. It dawned on me to make my own googley candy eyes. They turned out fabulous! The kicker? I had just bought some for $3.99 for 30. 30 EYES!!! I had just made over a hundred for pennies. I ended up returning those 30 million dollar eyes.
This year I decided to make it an annual thing because having 3 little boys in the house, we put them on everything. I invited my amazing friend, Amanda, over because these types of things are way more fun with friends!
This takes no time at all and is SUPER simple.
I mean, look at how fun these are!!! And with Halloween coming up, the possibilities are endless!
Googley Candy Eyes
4 cups powdered sugar
5 TBSP meringue powder
1/2 cup cold water
black gel food coloring
2-3 cookie sheets
2 pastry bags fit with a #3 tip OR a freezer bag
2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together powdered sugar, meringue powder and 1/2 cup of water. I use my Kitchen Aid for this. Beat for about 3-5 minutes. It's at this point you can adjust more water or a little more powdered sugar. You want the icing to be smooth and when you lift up your whisk and it drizzles back into the bowl, it should disappear after about 10 seconds.
4. Fill one pastry bag with white icing and the other with black icing. I like to place mine in large cups until I'm ready to use them.
(I switched things up a bit and did white on black eyeballs. SO FUN!)
5. With the white icing, just make small, medium or large dots depending on what you need. It's also fun to put a few touching each other.
6. By the time you use all of your white, the first ones will be dry enough for you to start to put on your "pupil". Just put the tiniest dot onto each 'eyeball'. Place some in the center and then offset some for variation. They are supposed to be googley afterall!
7. Let them dry over night. I usually don't touch them for a good 24 hours. When completely dry they will just slide off the parchment paper. I store them in an airtight container and keep them in my spice cabinet for easy access. They last for up to a year.
So, tell me. What would you use these for? We've put them on cupcakes, made monster cakes and even threw a few on pancakes just for fun!
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