Mad scientists, bubbling potions, and devilish monsters straight from your nightmares. All of these and more are found lurking in the pages of Robert Louis Stevenson’s beloved novella, “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. Bring this classic horror story to life in your kitchen with two simple recipes. Brew up your own draught of Dr. Jekyll’s Potion, or perhaps indulge yourself with one of Mr. Hyde’s Sinful Fancies. Both recipes are monstrously delicious and set the tone for any spooky celebration. But beware! You never know what may be prowling in the shadows…
Let us begin with the respected Dr. Henry Jekyll and his curious potion.
“He measured out a few minims of the red tincture and added one of the powders. The mixture, which was at first of a reddish hue, began, in proportion as the crystals melted, to brighten in colour, to effervesce audibly, and to throw off small fumes of vapour. Suddenly and at the same moment, the ebullition ceased and the compound changed to a deep purple, which faded again more slowly to a watery green.” -Robert Louis Stevenson, “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”
Dr. Jekyll's Potion
- 250 mL Sprite or carbonated beverage of choice
- 15 grams sweetened Tropical punch Kool-Aid
- A pinch of unsweetened Blue Raspberry Kool-Aid
- Dry ice optional
Pour the Sprite into a large, clear glass that will allow your drink to fizz without overflowing.
Pour the Tropical Punch Kool-aid into the Sprite. Once the fizzing has resided, stir to combine.
Add a pinch of Blue Raspberry Koo-Aid to the drink and stir to combine.
Add a small chunk of dry ice to the drink and let bubble. Do not drink until all of the dry ice has melted.
You can use different flavors and colors of Kool-Aid to create your own different potions. Or you can skip the Kool-Aid and use food coloring.
Always handle dry ice with gloves. Do not let children handle dry ice. Do not leave children unattended around dry ice. Make sure all the dry ice has melted before consuming the drink.
Now let us turn our attention to the cruel and devilish Mr. Edward Hyde–the monster lurking beneath the surface all along.
“All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil; and Edward Hyde, alone, in the ranks of mankind, was pure evil.” -Robert Louis Stevenson, “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”
Mr. Hyde's Sinful Fancies
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 8 oz bittersweet chocolate chips
- 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/2 tsp instant espresso powder
- 1/2 vanilla bean seeded
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 Tbsp Hersey's special dark cocoa powder
Pour the bittersweet chocolate into a bowl and set aside.
In a small saucepan, bring the heavy cream, butter, espresso powder, vanilla bean seeds, and salt to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
Remove the hot cream from the heat and pour it over the bittersweet chocolate. Let sit for 1-2 minutes. Stir the hot chocolate mixture until smooth and most of the clumps have melted. If the clumps will not melt, next the bowl over a pot of hot water and stir until smooth.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours.
Remove the bowl from the fridge and set to the side. In a shallow dish, stir together the unsweetened cocoa powder and the special dark cocoa powder.
Use a melon baller or a teaspoon to scoop out the chocolate. Roll the chocolate between your hand to form a ball.
Roll the balls in the cocoa powder, brushing off any excess.
Truffles can be stored in the fridge or at room temperature.
Not a fan of dark chocolate? Use semi-sweet chocolate chips and regular unsweetened cocoa powder instead.
“I learned to recognise the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both.” -Robert Louis Stevenson, “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”
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