These edible eyeballs are made from a popular traditional Japanese snack called shiratama. They’re fun and spooky and also not too gross looking, perfect for Halloween! Why should you make them? Hey, they’re cheap, easy to make, and something fun to do with kids.

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All you need is shiratama flour, soft tofu, and food coloring. Shiratama flour is available on Amazon, or at Walmart and Target. It’s also called shiratamako or shiratama powder. Be careful, because there’s a difference between shiratama flour, mochi flour, and glutinous rice flour. These are similar, but they cannot be substituted for each other.

Normal shiratama is just shiratama flour and water, but I use tofu because it keeps the shiratama softer much longer. They turn hard faster when using water.

Cost: $5-$10

Written and photographed by Bryan Harper