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Halloween Special – Dark Chocolate Rats and Eye Balls

18 de October de 2009


In the dark of night, while everybody else was asleep… in the witch’s secret lab a very ghoulish ritual was taking place… A thousand human eyes were about to be thrown in a boiling cauldron, and an army of black rats was in its way to invade the streets and innocent people’s houses… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA (click for sinister laughter)

All right, all right, I’m not THAT good in horror stories, sorry.

Halloween is around the corner and, although it’s not a tradition here in Brazil, has been celebrated more and more (just because it’s too much fun). Personally, I think the horror theme is great for parties any day, so prepare your horseshoe, garlic heads, iron stakes, knock three times on wood and learn how to make the terrifying…

“Dark” chocolate rats and human eye balls

With a very firm ganache, you can make both rats and eyes. The rats were inspired by the book  The Secret Life of Food, by Clare Crespo, which I love and recommend. This recipe makes 6 to 8 rats or 12 to 15 eye balls.

Ingredients for the ganache base

  • 150g/5.3 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • pinch of ground ginger (optional)

For the rats

  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • silver dragèes (for the eyes)
  • pink confetti sprinkles (nose)
  • whole almonds (ears)
  • brown paper or licorice strings (tail) *UPDATE: Our reader M. Chitwood left a great suggestion on the comments for the tails: candied orange peel, dipped in chocolate. Sounds perfect to me!

For the eye balls

  • 350g/ 12.3 oz white chocolate or white candy melts
  • green gum paste
  • black confetti sprinkles

Make the ganache

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or microwave oven in 30 sec. intervals. Add the cream and spices and whisk well untill smooth. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.



Slice the almonds in half. Place the cocoa powder in a bowl.

Using 2 tbsp portions of ganache, roll balls, then form “drop” shapes. Roll in cocoa and repeat with all the ganache.

Press the silver dragèes for eyes, one pink confetti for nose and two almond slices for ears. Place in paper liners and put the tails, or arrange in a box for gift giving. Just don’t forget to make a few holes in the box, so the rats can breath….

Eye balls

Roll out a small portion of green gum paste, as thinly as possible. Cut out circles with a 1-inch cookie cutter or pastry tip.

With the chilled ganache, form two teaspoon portion balls.

Melt and temper the white chocolate, or melt the candy wafers. Dip each ball in the chocolate, place in a large sheet of parchment paper, and then place a gum paste circle in the top of each ball, before the chocolate sets. With a toothpick, drop a small amount of melted chocolate in the center of the gum paste circle and glue the black confetti. Let set and put in paper liners.

Serve in pairs (kidding)


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* No animals or people were hurt in the making of this post

24 Comments leave one →
  1. 18 de October de 2009 19:00

    THIS is amazing! Wowsa….incredible!

  2. 19 de October de 2009 1:18

    How cute! Love them! 🙂

  3. 19 de October de 2009 15:38

    I LOVE these!!! Oh, just imagine opening that box and having two eyeballs staring back! 😉

    That spiced ganache sounds fabulous, too!

  4. 20 de October de 2009 3:47

    LOL They look FANTASTIC! I have that book on my wishlist. I love her other cupcake book so I knew it would be brilliant. The rats look wonderful! 😮

  5. 20 de October de 2009 10:51

    Fun Halloween food! I adore the chocolate rats!

  6. 20 de October de 2009 11:41

    OMG these are way too cute to be eaten! Such a fantastic showcase!

  7. sarahgw permalink
    20 de October de 2009 12:31

    I just loves though!! We are having a haunted house at work, and I am going to make them for that. Thanks for the inspiration

  8. M. Chitwood permalink
    20 de October de 2009 13:24

    You could use chocolate dipped candied orange peel for a tail.

    • thecookieshop permalink*
      20 de October de 2009 13:29

      That’s a great idea! Thanks!

  9. 20 de October de 2009 15:29

    Those rats are just too cute/scary!

  10. 20 de October de 2009 15:37

    Just awesome…ha ha ha. Love it!

  11. 20 de October de 2009 17:08

    I saw these on Tastespotting and had to come over and tell you how fantastic they are! Great job!!

  12. 21 de October de 2009 4:03

    that’s so creative!

  13. 22 de October de 2009 12:34

    OMG…how cute and I loved your post!

  14. 22 de October de 2009 14:04

    those ‘rats’ are so sweet. ha! totally charming.

  15. 22 de October de 2009 15:41

    How awesome and festive!!! I love the rats 🙂

  16. 22 de October de 2009 23:21

    What a great Halloween treat! They are just perfect….You are very creative!

  17. 23 de October de 2009 1:42

    these are SO cute! im making the rats this weekend! thanks for a great halloween idea!

  18. 27 de October de 2009 1:01

    It’s great to have festive recipes that look fun AND taste good. So many that I’ve seen don’t sound like I’d want to eat them. 🙂

  19. 28 de October de 2009 19:16

    I love these recipes!!! The rats look so cute! Too bad I found your blog only today, I would certainly have mentioned these recipes in my Top 15 Fun Halloween recipes.
    Anyway, beautiful and delicious blog, thanks for sharing!

  20. 3 de September de 2010 15:52

    I love these! I am going to make them for my children’s teachers for Halloween. I may just make a bunch and put them in the lounge for all of them!!! I may make them for the kids too! Way too much fun!


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