Eat your heart out… The scary side of Jell-o *Not for the squeamish*

I’m going to go ahead and say this… I’m not a fan of gelatin desserts. I don’t know if it’s all those times I was forced to eat jello in the hospital, or the fact that it’s made of ground up bones, or both- though agar isn’t any better because it reminds me of prepping petri dishes in the lab.

Anyway…. I wanted to make something creepy and disgusting this Halloween, and when I came upon this tutorial for making a valentine Jell-o heart, I couldn’t resist. My version of the heart doesn’t bleed since my kids wanted to eat it and the thought of picking out plastic bag bits to prevent choking was just a little too stressful for me. I want pretend scary, not real scary!

The instructions in the tutorial were easy to follow, and this was a lot easier to make than I thought it would be, though a bit time consuming to decorate. It was all worth it though and the results were the scariest, most disgusting thing I have ever made.ย  See for yourself!

…Oh, and be warned. It is pretty disgusting looking…


Here goes:

Use a little strawberry pancake syrup with a few drops of Hershey’s syrup mixed in to make the “blood” more realistic.

Here are some more pics of the decorating process.

I mixed one 3 oz package of strawberry with one 3 oz package of orange to get a more “meaty” color

After 6 hours in the fridge

Use food coloring to add deep blue, purple, and red shades. Mix with a tiny bit of icing whitener for highlight.

Carve out the arteries with an espresso spoon or a small measuring spoon. Use a straw for the small one. Paint the inside with deep purple.

Add some blue line detail to the veins, and highlight with some red.

The black plate didn’t show the blood well enough so I changed plates. Pour the berry syrup “blood” over the heart, and add some to the arteries to look like it’s pouring out.

If you’re really sick, you can set a fancy table and serve your heart on a platter.

Et voila! Romantic candlelit Halloween dinner… for cannibals.


    1. Here’s mine: Oh Darn! – as Olive Oil always mutters when in a pickle, not Popye he mutters to himself knowing it’ll free him, afterputting up for last last 12hrs ago, to enjoy the festivities “I knows what I can stand, and I can’t stands no more”- (That’s my idea of a pun…) I know sick huh, but i love it.

  1. That looks pretty realistic im surprised thats actually made out of jello. i dont know if i would be able to pull my self together to eat it, but it looks great good job!

  2. Yes, that really is disgusting. I’m impressed with your many hours of hard work and the skill involved to create a food item too gross to eat. I’m kind of at a loss of words . . .

      1. Leaving us knowing that the more gross or disgusting, the more kids want it. I am guessing you bought a heart mold at the party store. very well done. That is on my next year’s Halloween list! Well Done and a perfect Freshly Pressed!

    1. You are correct! This can easily be made vegetarian/vegan by using agar agar “jello” which can be found at whole foods and most health food stores, and by substituting nondairy milk such as coconut milk for the canned evaporated milk ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Looks awesome! Where did you get the mold for the heart? I’d love to make a whole set of organs for my anatomy class next semester, great study aid and snack… yum! Again Awesome idea for Halloween.

  4. OMG! This is the coolest blog post ever! Stunning photographs and what an incredible jello concept.. The fact is that I would never have even imagined it possible to make this. Thank you so much for sharing your photos. Angelique

  5. fantastic!! gosh, who would think of this?! I thought Halloween means nothing but apple bobbing and jack o lanterns but this.. is .. wow. I should try this. great art!

  6. Okay that definitely grossed me out…but in a yummy kinda way ๐Ÿ˜‰ What did your kids think of it, did they gobble it up or was it too gross?

    1. Thank you! I didn’t think they’d go for it but they loved it! I have this theory that the more disgusting something is the more kids will like it (as long as it’s sweet) lol They have no excuse for not eating their veggies now!

  7. Mรชme J’aime les gรขteaux. J’aime la faรงon dont le coeur a l’air … hmmm dรฉlicieux. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Even i love cakes. I love the way the heart looks… hmmm delicious. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Amazing! A word to the wise: Not for Aging Parents, Uncles, Friends, Those who scare Easily and Recent Angioplasty or Heart operation Patients. And Definitely not to Scare Girls or other kids with.

    1. Hahaha! Trust me, this is the only way I would ever eat a heart! Once we cut it up it wasn’t so gross looking and it actually tasted like fruit punch lol

  9. Great Treat or is it a Trick, oh well Trick or Treat Happy halloween.

    Great job Kudos to you.

    I had a great halloween Today I saw some classic people at the Melbourne Zombie Shuffle Australia.

    it was off the hook check it out.

  10. That was a great dish! It really does look like a genuine heart! Now the question is, did you guys eat it and did it taste good?! Very nicely done! Great artwork you put into it!

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    1. Thank you! Actually, yes it did taste good! Jello isn’t really my think but I took a bite and it tasted kind of like fruit punch since I mixed the strawberry and orange gelatin together. My kids loved it even though it was kind of sickening to look at. Once we cut it it wasn’t so bad lol. I’ll go check out your blog, I always love reading what on other people’s minds ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. That actually does sound really good! I could imagine the initial difficulty there must have been in eating the gelatin considering its realistic characteristic (especially with those carved out arteries!)! Glad it turned out to be such a success! Thank you so much for taking the time to check it out! I really appreciate it!

    1. LOL! You know, now that you mention it, the company that makes these also makes turkey jello molds… I guess there’s a mold for every holiday now?

  11. This reminds of Future Shorts “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul”, made as a video for the music of the same name by Gnarls Barkley. Loved it.

  12. I don’t know if I could actually eat that. I’m curious but by the looks of it I am afraid it might be raw. Also, being vegetarian, I avoid gelatin. But perhaps this could be an exception since I have very morbid curiosity about it. Wow. Looks great and real.

    1. Thank you! If you want to try this without breaking your vegetarian diet (I was a vegan for a while, then vegetarian for 2 years so I can relate) you can use agar based “jell-o” mixes. I’ve seen them at Whole Foods and have actually tried jell-0 shots made with them and it was almost identical. A great alternative if you want to try it ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. This is SO AWESOME!! What a great idea! As a lover of jello, and of horror movies, I must say, I’d love to see that on my plate this Halloween.
    Very creative ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. This is so icky and so convincing! I remember someone making a jell-o brain for a Halloween when I was younger (like kindergarten young) and being 100% convinced it was a real brain, until I learned that it tasted like strawberry on a dare.

    1. Thanks! It’s amazing how literally kids take things like that. I would never have even thought about tasting anything like that as a kid lol My kids loved it though (once it was cut up and didn’t look so yucky)

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