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EYE think you’ll agree that making and using these homemade candy eyeballs for your Halloween sweets and snacks, that your freaky tricks and treats will never LOOK the same again! 

Horizontal overhead photo of a pewter plate with a spider silhouette and Homemade Candy Eyeballs.
Ever feel like you’re being watched?

Eye would be remiss if eye didn’t share with you just how easy it is to make these candy eyeballs.

After all, you can’t have a spooky Halloween treat (in my opinion) without some glaring eyeballs watching your every move!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions and complete ingredient measurements for making homemade royal icing eyeballs is available near the end of this post. OR click on the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe.


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The ingredient list:

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Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

Spooky horizontal photo of a gray plate of Homemade Candy Eyeballs with a spider silhouette and black napkin.

Why this recipe works:

Of course, you can always purchase candy eyeballs at the store, but those only come in one size and shape, as if one size really fits all. Ha!

By making your own candy eyeballs, you can tailor them to your specific needs and vision.

If hindsight really is 20/20, then I’m here to help you envision what’s possible!

Vertical title text image of royal icing candy eyeballs on a spooky gray plate with a spider silhouette.

Money-saving tip:

Eye’m (LOL, sorry) going to let you in on a little secret.

Since you don’t need a lot of homemade royal icing to make a google of oogling candy eyeballs, eye would suggest that you use a little leftover white royal icing you may have from another project (perhaps a cups-worth) and use that to make your candy eyeballs.

From only one cup of royal icing, depending on the size of the eyeballs you’re making, you’ll be able to make a gaggle of googling, oogling eyeballs.

How long can I store homemade candy eyeballs?

As long as you keep your eyeballs in a covered container away from moisture and humidity, these eyeballs can keep in your pantry indefinitely!

How’s that for keeping your EYE on the prize?

What is meringue powder and why is it important?

Meringue powder is an egg white substitute which helps to harden the royal icing as it drys.

Why is meringue powder better than using fresh egg whites when it comes to this recipe?

Since this royal icing is not cooked, the meringue powder is a safer alternative than using raw egg whites.

Meringue powder is pasteurized and free from harmful bacteria.

How long can royal icing made with meringue powder be stored?

As long as the royal icing is stored in a cool, dry, airtight container, it can remain unrefrigerated for several weeks.

Always stir the royal icing before using and if you need to thin it, add a slight bit of warm water a little bit at a time until you reach your desired consistency.

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All those in favor of making royal icing Halloween treats at home say EYE!!

Additional royal icing Halloween treats:

*Royal Icing Bat Wing Cupcakes (pictured below, and shown with royal icing eyeballs)

“Take a bite out of these royal icing bat wing cupcakes before they take a bite out of you! You’ll be glad you did because they’re BATtastically delicious, and not at all threatening to make. Let me show you how.”

Vertical photo of bat wing cupcakes outside at dusk with a fire in the background and a full moon in the sky.

*Frankenstein Rice Cereal Treat (pictured below)

Surprise and delight all the goblins you know at this year’s Halloween party by serving up this easy to make Freaky Frankenstein Rice Cereal Halloween Treat. Think it’s too difficult to make? Think again! I’ll share with you my TIPS and TRICKS with an easy to follow step-by-step photo tutorial.

Closeup overhead photo of a Frankenstein rice cereal treat with autumn leaves and gumball eyes.

*Frozen Frankenstein Pudding Pops (pictured below)

“The kids will think you’re the coolest mom around when you make them these Frozen Frankenstein Pudding Pops! Thank you scary much!!”

An overhead photo of a square tray of frozen Frankenstein pudding pops with ice.

*Homemade Candy Eyeballs (pictured below) This is the place!!

Closeup photo of a gray plate of Homemade Candy Eyeballs with a spider silhouette.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s fast and easy Halloween candy eyeballs.

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. Thank you. 🙂

Homemade Royal Icing Eyeballs -

Homemade Candy Eyeballs

Renee - Kudos Kitchen
Make your own creepy and fun royal icing eyeballs with only a handful of ingredients. EYE will show you how.
4.7 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
drying time 1 d
Total Time 1 d 5 mins
Course homemade candy
Cuisine Halloween
Servings 100 eyeballs
Calories 15 kcal


  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • tablespoons meringue powder
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • warm water
  • black gel food color


  • Add the sugar, meringue powder, almond extract, and corn syrup into a large bowl.
  • Add a few drops of warm water and blend with a mixer, adding additional warm water as needed, to form an icing that is smooth in consistency, but not too runny.
  • Pipe dots of white royal icing onto parchment paper. The size of your dots will vary depending on your project. Set aside.
  • Mix a few drops of black gel color into a small bowl with approximately 3 tablespoons of white royal icing. Spoon the black royal icing into a piping bag or zip top bag.
  • Pipe a small dot of black royal icing onto the white royal icing circle.
  • Set the eyeballs aside for 24 hours to dry completely.
  • These eyeballs may be stored in a zip-top bag or covered container in a cool, dry place for months.



These candy eyeballs will keep indefinitely if stored in a cool, dry, airtight container.


Serving: 2Calories: 15kcalCarbohydrates: 4gSodium: 1mgSugar: 4g
Keyword candy eyeballs, Halloween eyeballs recipe, how to make candy eyeballs, Royal Icing Eyeballs
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“When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers ‘tis near Halloween.”

Thank you so much for visiting me here today in my Kudos Kitchen! 

EYE sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe for homemade royal icing eyeballs as much as EYE have enjoyed bringing it to you!

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Recipe Rating

Tricia Bell

Wednesday 24th of November 2021

Can I sub vanilla for the almond extract?


Wednesday 24th of November 2021

Yes, you sure can, Tricia! Happy eyeball making! :) Renee


Tuesday 5th of October 2021

Thank you!! This feels very easy and that is a relief as the candy eyeballs are so expensive!


Tuesday 5th of October 2021

You're welcome, Missy! Plus you can tailor these to whatever size you need and they'll keep well, stored in an air-tight container, for a long, long, time. Enjoy making the eyeballs! Have fun :) Renee


Thursday 17th of September 2020

So fun for the holidays coming up! Excited to use this with my family!


Thursday 17th of September 2020

These are so dang cute! They will make great additions to my monster cookies! I really love the ones with eyebrows.

Valentina | The Baking Fairy

Wednesday 10th of October 2018

How cute are these! You make royal icing work look so easy!


Friday 12th of October 2018

It's not hard. The key is adding the right amount of water. I do hope you'll try it.