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Halloween for adults only

October 28, 2009|By ARLENE BURNETT / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Here's a fun idea for an adults-only Halloween party.

HAUNTED BLEEDING HEART



(Tested by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

If you want gross, here it is, adapted from the 1972 book "How to Play With Your Food," by Penn and Teller. The recipe uses a 6-1/2-cup Valentine heart gelatin mold. I made changes in the ingredients to fit my 2-1/2-cup mold.

I couldn't wait to invert the mold. The heart slid out easier than I expected (don't forget to coat the mold with cooking spray). What I saw was a glistening, dark red heart -- veins included. And the reactions from friends were better than I expected, especially when the blood oozed out!

2 cups boiling water
2 (3-ounce) boxes of cherry, raspberry or peach gelatin (I used cherry)
2 packages unflavored gelatin
6 ounces evaporated milk

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Spray the mold with cooking spray.

Boil the water. Add the gelatins and stir until gelatins are completely dissolved. Add evaporated milk and stir until combined. Cool to room temperature. Pour enough gelatin into the mold until it reaches 1- to 1-1/2 inches deep. Place the mold in the refrigerator until the gelatin is almost set (about 2-3 hours). Make the blood bag.

For the blood bag:

1/4 cup grenadine or other red liqueur
1/2 cup light corn syrup
6 drops red food coloring
3 drops blue food coloring
1 food-storage plastic bag (1 gallon)

Cut the zipper closure from the bag. Mix all ingredients in the bag. Twist the bag, making sure most of the air is removed, and tie in a knot. Snip off most of the end. Place the bag inside the mold, over the gelatin. Pour the remaining gelatin over the plastic bag. Refrigerate until solid (overnight is best).

Remove the mold and invert on a platter. Return to the refrigerator until ready to serve.

-- Adapted from "How to Play With Your Food," by Penn and Teller

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