I adore Halloween. I think it’s because Halloween is the only holiday where my creative side really comes out. I love coming up with a creative costume, and I especially love pumpkin carving. In fact, Eric and I decorated and carved six pumpkins the first year we were married! My all time favorite part of Halloween, though, is creating spooky, gruesome and delicious foods. It’s just not Halloween for me without creepy (and sometimes disgusting) looking treats.
My initial thought for these was to make a hollow skull and then fill it with a red-tinted mousse. That didn’t seem creepy enough, though, so I spent a little more time considering my options when the most wonderful idea popped into my head. When it comes to candy, I can’t think of anything more gruesome than a filled candy that oozes blood when bitten into. Raspberry purée seemed a likely choice for the filling, but, having made it before, I was worried that the color would be too light. I also knew blackberry purée would be too dark. Then it occurred to me that the combination of the two could work. The resulting color was absolutely perfect, as was the flavor. The tartness of the berries balances well with the sweetness of the candy coating. Overall, I couldn’t be happier with how these turned out. It took a couple of tries to get them exactly how I envisioned, but it was definitely worth it to have such a scary looking end result.