Halloween is by far my favorite holiday. I love the scary decorations, fun costumes, and spooky (sometimes gross!) food. Halloween is a great time to get creative in the kitchen…like making a life-like jello brain topped with strawberry syrup that looks exactly like blood!
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I know I’m not the only one that LOVES Halloween. In fact, I’m pretty sure the people at Dollar Tree love it almost as much as I do. I love shopping there when fall weather rolls in because I know they’re going to have a ton of awesome decorations and party supplies. And the best part is that everything’s only $1!
I was super excited to find this brain mold at my Dollar Tree during my last trip. I’ve always wanted to try out a fun Jello brain, but could never find a mold anywhere. So, here it is. A gooey, life-like Jello brain, complete with a bloody sauce to top it off!
To make the brain, I made some vanilla flavored gelatin, then tinted it with food coloring gel to get just the right shade of brain gray. Then I blended up some strawberry syrup and tinted it with red food coloring gel to get the perfect bloody color.
The brain was made of unflavored gelatin, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla. To make the gelatin, mix one can of sweetened condensed milk with one cup of boiling water. In a separate bowl, mix 1/2 cup cold water with two packets of unflavored gelatin and let stand for a few minutes until the gelatin is absorbed into the water. After the gelatin is absorbed, mix in another 1/2 cup of boiling water and stir until combined. Finally, add the gelatin mixture to the milk mixture, add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, and stir again.
To tint the brain, I combined one drip of red food coloring gel with one drop of light blue food coloring gel. Just mix the two colors together with a toothpick to make a very dark purple. Then, dip the toothpick into the gelatin mixture and stir. Repeat the process adding a tiny bit of food coloring to the gelatin each time until the gelatin resembles a light grey color.
Once you think you’ve found the perfect color for your Jello brain, pour it into the brain mold and refrigerate for at least four hours. Once the brain is set, run the mold under warm water for a few seconds to loosen the gelatin from the mold. To remove it from the mold completely, flip the mold upside down onto a plate and shake until the gelatin releases. Be sure to pick the perfect plate before you place the Jello brain on top because it’s impossible to move it once it’s on there!
When your Jello brain is almost set, it’s time to make the bloody sauce. Place 1/2 cup of strawberry preserves, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1/4 cup of water into your blender and blend until smooth. My syrup wasn’t as red as I wanted it to be, so I also added a drop of red food coloring gel to make it extra bright.
To serve, spoon the strawberry syrup on top of the Jello brain, then slice pieces for each of your guests. Reserve some of the bloody syrup to add to the top of each slice for extra gore!
This gooey, gross Jello brain is one of those Halloween foods that works great as a gross dessert and a decoration. To enhance the look of your Jello brain, don’t forget to grab some other creepy decorations at the Dollar Tree. I love these plastic skull, creepy cloth, and black rats.
Or, check out these other awesome decorations available at Dollar Tree: