Our delicious vegan Halloween dinner of stuffed intestines, ghosts and bloody sauce was followed by a filthy dessert of mud, dirt, and worms. I scooped out the mud into bowls, someone sprinkled it with dirt, and the worms were passed around. Guests had to extract the worms from their casings before consuming them.
The mud was a vegan chocolate ice cream recipe from my book, The New Scoop: Recipes for Diary-Free, Vegan Ice Cream in Unusual Flavors (Plus Some Old Favorites.) In this case, the flavor wasn’t unusual at all, but it was creamy and delicious nevertheless.
Dirt was a baked crumbly topping, similar to what you’d put on top of a crumb pie. (Recipe below)
The worms were grape juice gelled with agar agar, or kanten, a seaweed powder (with no flavor.) We had to squeeze the straws to kind of push the worms out. That was a little bit challenging, a little messy, and a lot of fun. Kids would love this!
Vegan Halloween Dessert Recipe: Dirt Topping
4 TBS cocoa powder
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 TBS sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cornmeal–added to make it gritty. You can substitute more flour.
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup canola oil
2 TBS water
Mix together dry ingredients. Add oil and water. Mix well, until you get crumbly lumps.
Spread them out evenly on a cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir once during the cooking. Watch carefully so it doesn’t burn. (It’s dark brown, so it’s a bit hard to see.)
The mixture was very gritty, quite hard (I’d take it out a few minutes earlier next time) and delicious. And it really looked like dirt, as the photo above will attest.
Vegan Halloween Dessert Recipe: Worms
1 teaspoon agar agar or kanten powder
1 cup grape juice
Prepare your straws. Cut drinking straws in half and put them into a narrow glass taller than the straws. I used 12 straws.
Heat the agar and grape juice in a pan until steaming, stirring to dissolve all the agar.
Pour over the straws in the glass. The liquid will fill the straws and glass.
Set aside to firm up and place in the refrigerator as it gets cooler.
To serve, pry the straws out of the jelled juice in the glass. Pinch each straw in the middle and squeeze toward the ends, to get the worms out. It helps if you cover the top end of the straw with a finger as you squeeze.
The worms were a little on the soft side and fell apart fairly easily. You might want to try using 1-1/2 teaspoons agar powder if you try this, although it worked all right with just 1 teaspoon.