Are you looking for a fun snack for your Halloween celebrations, but want to avoid the sugar and fat found in the candy aisle at your local supermarket? With just a few ingredients and some silicone molds, you and your children can make these fun life-like jelly teeth without fueling the sugar frenzy that comes with traditional Trick or Treat candies. Even better, these offer a vegetarian option to more traditional gelatin.
They are the perfect spooky snack especially for children who will be wearing braces over the upcoming celebrations.
Jelly Teeth Recipe
- 10-15 minutes cooking
- 1-2 hours cooling
- 2 tbsp agar-agar (flakes or powder is fine)
- 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tsp. sugar
- Silicone teeth mold
- Pink food coloring
Prepare the Jelly:
In a medium-sized bowl combine the agar-agar and enough water to moisten the flakes or powder. Once the agar-agar is in a small lump, mix in the coconut milk, the rest of the water, and the sugar. Stir to combine and transfer to a pan.
Over medium-high heat, stir the agar-agar mixture until it comes to a boil. It must boil in order to activate the agar-agar so it will solidify into a jelly when it cools. Continue boiling until all the agar-agar is dissolved.
Turn off the heat and skim off any foam that has collected at the top. If you leave the foam, your teeth may end up with bubbly cavities.
Remove from the heat. Let cool for a few minutes so you can handle it.
Fill Your Molds:
Place your silicone teeth molds out on the table.
Take a couple tablespoons of the coconut mixture and place it in a baggie and twist closed to make a quick piping bag. Snip the corner of the baggie. Pipe the white mixture into the teeth indentations of the mold.
While the teeth are setting up, add a drop of pink food coloring to the remainder of the mixture and stir until you get the right color for gums.
Once the teeth in the molds are firmed up to the touch, pour the pink mixture over the top to fill up the mold.
Let the Jelly Set:
Place the molds in the fridge and let sit for an hour or two. As the mixture cools it will turn into a jelly treat.
Remove your teeth from the molds and serve for fun Halloween Treats!
Dr. Nguyen and all the staff at Paramount Dental hope that you will enjoy all the aspects of harvest and Halloween celebrations, but remember that your dental health is always important no matter what time of year. When you find low-sugar options for snacks and desserts, you are taking a pro-active step toward a healthy mouth for you and your family.