You're never too old to celebrate Halloween. These test-tube shooters, which closely resemble a science experiment, may be served at kid and adult Halloween parties. Adults may celebrate by substituting sparkling wine for grape juice.
1 package (3 ounces) orange-colored gelatin powder, such as orange, peach or apricot
1 cup boiling water
1 can (15 ounces) peaches, apricots or pears in juice or extra-light syrup, not drained
2 1/4 cups purple grape juice (see note)
1/4 cup hot-chocolate mix (see note)
Blender or food processor
18, 2-ounce test tubes and rack to hold them
1 long bamboo skewer
Mix gelatin powder and boiling water until the powder completely dissolves, about 2 minutes.
Purée the canned fruit in a blender or food processor until completely smooth.
Mix with gelatin and divide between 18, 2-ounce test tubes; you should fill each test tube about half way.
Refrigerate until firm.
Heat the grape juice in a sauce pan until simmering.
Stir in the hot-chocolate mix until it dissolves; refrigerate.
TO SERVE: Fill the test tubes with the grape-juice mixture. Poke a skewer down the sides of the test tube into the gelatin so that the grape-juice mixture flows down creating dark stripes through the orange gelatin
NOTE: For adults, in place of the grape juice, substitute sparkling wine if desired.