Make your very own realistic spooky edible brain for Halloween with the easy Jello Brain Mold recipe! It's a great way to get in the spirit of the season! It's easy to make and looks just like a brain. Serve it at your next party for a frightfully fun treat! Happy Halloween!
If you're anything like me, you love Halloween. And what's not to love? The costumes, the candy, the decorations… it's all so much fun! But one of my favorite things about Halloween is the food. I mean, who doesn't love a good Halloween party with all the spooky snacks?
If you want to make a really gross looking realistic Halloween brain, you can use this recipe! It's easy to follow and only requires a few ingredients!
I hope you enjoy this recipe! ❤️ If you give it a try, please let me know how it turned out for you in the comments section at the bottom of the page or share a pic of your om noms on Instagram and tag @dishesanddustbunnies! ❤️
One of my favorite Halloween treats is a gelatin jello brain mold. It's so easy to make and it always looks so impressive! Plus, it's just so darn delicious.
Halloween is just around the corner, and that means it's time to start thinking about spooky party snacks! If you're looking for a show-stopping centerpiece for your Halloween buffet table, look no further than this jello brain mold. It's easy to make and sure to gross out (and impress!) your friends and guests. It'll be a big hit and kids love it too!
If you enjoy this jello brain recipe, you'll also enjoy this toxic waste drink recipe from ‘3 Boys and a Dog'! It's a delicious way to add even more spooky fun to your Halloween party!
What Ingredients are used to make a jello mold brain?
For this recipe, you'll need a handful of simple ingredients like peach flavored jello, boiling water, evaporated milk, and cold water. Don't forget to grab a brain mold to pour your mixture into and some cooking spray to ensure it comes out smoothly.
I'll also share optional ingredients, like jam for a blood-like effect, to add extra creepiness to your creation.
How to make a Halloween Jello Mold Brain – Overview
You can find the full recipe details, including ingredient amounts and the full instructions in the recipe card at the bottom of this post, but first, here's a quick overview of how to make a deliciously spooky Halloween Jello mold!
What's the most essential ingredient for a successful jello brain? A brain shaped mold! I used this brain jello mold and it worked very nicely! You can find these online or at your local Halloween store.
To make your jello brain, start by combining the 2 packages of peach jello with 1 ¾ cups boiling water. Stir for about 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Next, add the cold water and stir to combine. Add the evaporated milk and stir until combined – this makes the brain look ultra realistic and fleshy!
Spray the plastic brain mold with cooking spray to help it release once it sets, then pour the mixture into the mold. Chill in the refrigerator for at least four hours or overnight. When you're ready to serve, simply turn the mold upside down and release the brain onto a plate or cutting board.
To make the fake blood, combine 2 tbsps of water with raspberry jam and warm it up in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Stir it up a little, then spoon the fake blood onto the jello brain so it drips down the sides and all around. Eeeeeeeew! lol
And that's all there is to it! You now have your very own homemade jello brain. Serve it at your next Halloween party and watch as your guests recoil in horror!🧠
How to make a more Realistic Jello Brain for Halloween
Making a realistic jello brain for Halloween is easier than you may think! To make the one in this post look ultra gross and realistic, I combined some seedless raspberry jam with a little water and warmed it up in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Then I spooned it over the brain to create a realistic bloody look!
How do you get mold out of a jello mold?
To release a mold out of a jello mold, run a knife or other sharp object around the edge of the mold. If the jello is still stuck, try dipping the mold in warm water for a few seconds. Before pouring the jello into the mold, you can also try spraying the mold with cooking spray.
Should I spray a jello mold?
If you are using a brain mold for your Halloween gelatin, you may be wondering if you need to spray it with cooking spray first. The answer is: it depends on what material the mold is made out of.
If your mold is made out of silicone, then you don't need to do anything to prep it. Silicone molds are non-stick and will release the gelatin easily.
If your mold is made out of plastic, then you will need to lightly spray it with cooking spray. This will help the gelatin release from the mold.
Now that you know whether or not to spray your mold, you can get started on making your Halloween jello brain!
How long does it take a jello mold to set?
It takes about four hours for a jello mold to set in the fridge. But if you're impatient like me, you can put it in the freezer for an hour or so to speed up the process.
What's the best way to get rid of air bubbles in jello?
The best way to get rid of air bubbles is to use a toothpick or a skewer.
How to make Jello brain Cloudy/Flesh colored
There are a few ways to make your jello brain cloudy and more fleshlike.
My preferred method is to add evaporated milk! Simply add the evaporated milk to the jello mixture and you'll have a realistic flesh color jello brain! This works best when combined with peach flavor jello or darker red jello, such as strawberry or cranberry.
I have read some people have also used thawed frozen whipped topping. I tried using this ingredient myself through testing and found that as the jello brain solidifies, the whipped topped will create a layer of differently colored jello rather than being incorporated completely into the brain. If you don't mind a layered look to your brain, you could try this!
This Halloween, try your hand at making a spooky jello brain mold! With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a creepy and realistic-looking mold that is perfect for your Halloween party. Best of all, this recipe is easy to make and can be customized to your liking.
Different Jello Flavors: Brain molds are typically made with red jello to represent the blood and gore of a real brain, but you can use any color or flavors you like. Here are some flavors that work well:
- watermelon flavored jello
- peach jello – this is my favorite flavor as it creates the best flavor and color when mixed with evaporated milk!
- strawberry jello
- cranberry jello
- cherry jello
- raspberry jello
For this particular recipe, we'll be using cherry jello. You can use any flavor of jello that you like, but we think that cherry works well for the brain effect.
Food coloring: You can add food coloring to your jello brains to make it look more creepy and realistic! While red food coloring is the standard, you can also add green food coloring to give your brain a more “medically correct” color. The green adds some depth and extra dimension to the brain! You can also try adding a little blue food coloring.
Add Gory Details: To make your brain mold extra creepy, try adding some gory details. Use a fork to create indentations and wrinkles on the surface of the mold.
For this recipe, I wanted to make the brain extra gory looking, so I added a mixture of cranberry juice and cornstarch on top to make fake blood!
No matter what variation you choose, this Halloween jello brain mold is sure to be a hit at your party!
More Jellow Brain Recipe Variations
What can you put IN the brain mold?
You can put anything in the brain mold that you would normally put in a gelatin mold! Some popular options include:
- gummy worms
- mini marshmallows
- chocolate chips
The sky is the limit when it comes to what you can put in your brain mold! Be creative and have fun with it!
Can I make a Halloween Jello Brain Recipe ahead of time?
Yes, you can make the brain several days in advance. Keep it refrigerated until you are ready to serve.
Leftovers – How to Store
How long is a Halloween Jello Mold Brain good for?
Your Halloween jello brain can be stored in the fridge (covered with plastic wrap and still in its mold) for up to a week.
It's not recommended to freeze your jello brain as it will affect its texture and lose its shape.
Gelatin/Jello Brain Ingredients
- 2 (3oz/85g) packages of Peach flavor jello
- 1 ¾ cups boiling water
- 1 (5oz) can evaporated milk
- 1 ¾ cups cold water
- cooking spray, to help the brain release from the mold
- a Brain mold
Fake Blood Glaze
- seedless raspberry jam – the amount you use is up to you and depends on how thick you'd like your “blood” to be. For the brain in the pictures of this post, I used 2 large heaping spoonfuls, which is about 1¼ cup.
- 2 tbsps water – you can adjust the amount of water depending on how thick you'd like your “blood” to be. Some jams are naturally more watery than others so you might only need a tiny amount of water
- To make your jello brain, start by combining the 2 packages of jello with 1 ¾ cups boiling water. Stir for about 2 minutes until dissolved.
- Next, add the cold water and stir to combine.
- Add the evaporated milk and stir until combined – using a whisk to stir will help it mix.
- Spray the plastic brain mold with cooking spray to help it release once it sets, then pour the mixture into the mold. Refrigerate for at least four hours or overnight. When you're ready to serve, simply turn the mold upside down and release the brain onto a plate.
- To make the fake blood, combine 2 tbsps of water with raspberry jam and warm it up in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Stir it up a little, then spoon the fake blood onto the jello brain so it drips down the sides and all around. Eeeeeeeew! lol
- And that's all there is to it! You now have your very own homemade jello brain.
- Category: Party Food
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