Roast Alien Tentacle

This is a fun and nasty desert for your Halloween parties right from the mothership. Cut fresh and displayed for all your guests to see…Roast Alien Tentacle. This recipe comes to you from Instructables.com. It’s a fairly easy recipe to make, great for kids and adults alike.

Ingredients:
Gelatin
Using flavorless gelatin will allow you to control the flavor and color. You can use white juice so that you can color it however you like. You could of course use Jello in whatever flavor you like. Adding condensed milk gives an interesting milky effect, but at the cost of transparency.

Mold
If you don’t want to spend too much time on a mold, you can use tin foil and form it around some balled up newspaper. Paper mache would work well.

Decorations
You’ll need some things to decorate your creation. The items must have a texture soft enough so as not to interfere with slicing, and have a pleasant flavor like grapes and canned peaches and pears.

Mold:
Make a model of the tentacle out of newspaper wrapped in newspaper and wrapped with tape. Shape the model to fit on a serving dish.The jello will be somewhat flexible but has a tendency to split while you’re not looking so make the mold the right shape.

Once you are happy with the model use it to form an aluminum foil mold, by simply pressing a large sheet of foil over it. Heavy gauge foil would be ideal. Fold the edges over to add some stiffness and use additional balled up pieces for support. The mold doesn’t have to be all that strong, but it needs to be rigid under it’s own weight.

Now wedge the mold into a large pan that will help keep everything stationary and make moving easy. Line the mold with plastic wrap to waterproof and ease extraction. Sandwiching a layer of something with an interesting texture under the plastic wrap might have interesting results.

Jello:
Pick out a nice juice and then color all of the juice at once so that multiple layers will be indistinguishable. Then follow the package instructions using you juice instead of water at every step. Boiling the juice in the microwave is really handy. Just use a glass measuring cup and watch it through the window until bubbles appear (took about a minute for 1 cup).

Cut the liquid called for by half to make it 2x strength. This is important so that the tentacle holds together and can be sliced.

Make half of your juice into the first batch of jello, fill the mold about half way, and refrigerate. Hopefully you started out with more than enough juice and you’ve got some jello leftover: put it in the fridge. Pull on the plastic wrap to get rid of any large wrinkles and poke at it until the jello seems to fit nicely in the mold.

Decorate:
Rather than using candy which would be very tough to cut through I recommend canned or fresh fruit. Try to avoid fruits that will bleed color like maraschino cherries or beets.

To make the bones cut cylindrical pieces of canned pear, but this was extremely difficult and I should have gone with a more pear friendly shape. It’s your alien after all, it can look however you like.

For suckers on the bottom of the tentacle you can use red grapes cut into rounds.

Let the first layer completely set (1-2 hours) and then arrange the pear and peach pieces on top of it. Remember the extra jello in the fridge? Once all your pieces are arranged melt some of it in the microwave (keep an eye on it this is very quick) and spoon it carefully over everything. This will hold everything in place as the fruit has a tendency to float out of place. Allow this coating to set in the fridge before covering with a second batch of jello, prepared as the first. When the second layer is set arrange the grapes on it and cover them with a thin coating of jello just as with the peaches and pears.

Serve on a nice serving tray!

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