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Bowl of Worms Anyone?

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Create tasty, edible worms. This recipe is simple and great for Halloween, April Fool's, or anytime you feel like snacking on wormy goodness! If you can make jello, then you can make these cool looking worms.

Ingredients
2 packs (3 oz) Raspberry jello
1 pkg unflavored gelatin (for extra firmness)
3/4 cup whipping cream
3 cups boiling water
15 drops green food coloring
100 flexible straws (or enough to fill your container)
Tall container (1 quart or 1 liter carton of milk)



Directions
1) Combine gelatin in bowl and add boiling water.

2) Let it cool to lukewarm and then add the whipping cream and 15 drops green food coloring.

3) Gather your straws (don't forget to flex them out) and put them in the container. It's important that the straws have a tight fit so the jello stays in the straws. For this reason, a 1 liter carton may be better; you will probably get longer worms since there is a tighter fit. If you have a bigger container, a rubber band around the straws is helpful. Or you could just add more straws to fill the container.

4) Add the gelatin mixture to the straw-filled container and let it set until firm.

5) There are multiple ways you can remove the worms from the straws. You can roll a rolling pin over the straws and squeeze them out or you can hold the straws over warm water. The worms will slip right out.

And voila! Jello worms are served.
pie201020114 months ago
How to eat fried worms was the first thing that came to mind when I saw this (although its not fried)
julie-a1 year ago
tried making them last night as a trial run for halloween and they didnt set properly i used raspberry jelly and whipping cream and gelitine as stated what went wrong as the mixture was still too soft great idea if it works
LOL, sorry thats kinda funny. Its not Raspberry "JELLY" but Raspberry "JELLO". Mines in the fridge now.
It is called Jelly in other countries. ;) Jello is a BRAND name.Now you know.
Poetryclk1 year ago
How hard is it to pour the liquid "INTO" the straws? I've seen no comments on that!!!!
dcooke11 year ago
My granddaughters & I had such a great time doing this :)
mmathis11 year ago
@Sam2010 : Since all you need is for portions of the worm to be cloudy, I'd use a non-dairy powdered coffee creamer. You can add it in straight with the powdered gelatin if you don't mind the whole worm being opaque. There are a lot of non-dairy varieties/brands to choose from, just be sure that the "hidden dairies" are in fact absent. I hope your son can have the worms, children really do love food they can play with.
PLEASE CLARIFY!!!!!!!!!!! Do you use one ENVELOPE of unflavored geletin or one BOX (four envelopes) of geletin? Please reply soon, as we need to make them very soon! Thank you!
bajablue1 year ago
Your worms are floating around facebook, cpacker.  I posted a link to this instructable in the comment section to make sure you get credit.
I am still amazed by all of the work you did on this.
TANZMEISTER2 years ago
For anyone having trouble getting the worms out, I found two things that really helped.
1) Warm up the straw a little (running some warm water for just a second was great. Submerging the straw, not so much.
2) Use a point nozzle with a bike pump to blow them out.

combined they worked marvelously.
You could probably get an empty syringe (sans needle) from your local pharmacy really cheap or free. They give them to parents which helps them dispense liquid medication to babies. Just use the syringe to push air into the straws to blow them out. Great idea with holding the straws under warm running water.

I would also like to point out that because all of the gelatin-filled straws are being held together in one small area (compared to being spread out on in a pan), they will need a longer set time before they should be removed.

These look great - I can't wait to try them.
Hissycat1 year ago
I tried these for Halloween at work yesterday. They came out great! If you follow the instructions, to the letter and let them solidify in the fridge overnight, they come out fine. The hardest (and messiest) part was getting them out of the straws. If you take them out of the carton and let them sit loose for a few minutes, or hold them at both ends over hot water for a few seconds, squeezing them out is not a problem. They were a hit, though people were afraid to eat them at first.
psmarie1 year ago
These were near impossible for me to make!
I tried so many ways to get them out of the straws and the only thing that eventually worked "OK" was to bend the straw in half and squeeze it out all the way down then turn it over and squeeze it out the other end.
I was wondering why it was so difficult, because seriously, I had to use herculean strength to get them out that way also (my fingers are actually sore) and they still came out kind of mangled looking (they didn't all keep the tube shape very well).
The solid color parts looked neat and were slightly easier to push out put the see through colored parts were freaking hard!
So, I did some research (which I should've done before hand, duh), and in this recipe it calls for 1 pkg unflavored gelatin and that confused me, since I've never used unflavored gelatin I only used 1 ENVELOPE instead of the whole box which is what other recipes call for, so, next time I will be using the WHOLE BOX OF UNFLAVORED GELATIN and hopefully not go insane trying to make this.
*fingers crossed*
Jeff202 years ago
The jello will not stay in the staws..
It will, its simple thermodynamics. you can even fill a container with liquid jello mixture, then push the straws down into it.
ps3869 Jeff201 year ago
Try melting the bottom of the straws like a pixie straw. Takes time to do this but it works great.
cpacker1 (author)  Jeff202 years ago
My jello only filled up about half way in the straws.
There is an instructable on making arugula spaghetti Isimilar principle) that uses a giant syringe and rubber tubing. The syringe concept would work really well here. See the video, which makes it look easy:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Molecular-Gastronomy-Arugula-Spaghetti-by-MOLECU/
they look so real!!!
Can I suggest Agar instead of Jelly/Gelatin?
It is a lot 'thicker' in substance and far less likely to break up.

You'll find it in the Cake making section of most shops.
cpacker1 (author)  profquatermass2 years ago
I will have to try that!
I am going to have to try these. I work with 3 and 4 year olds, this is going to be fun. I also think my grandkids will love these. Thanks for the idea!
djasmine2 years ago
yummy !!!
sam20102 years ago
Any ideas for non-dairy alternatives to whipping cream?
Isn't cool whip non-dairy?
No, cool whip contains casein, which is a milk protein. My son is deathly allergic to all milk products.
I'm sure you could use Silk brand coffee creamer, absolutely no dairy, not even casein, or any other hidden diary ingredient.
moojoo sam20102 years ago
I'd try coconut milk, or coconut cream if you can find it. I've seen (and made) almond cream a couple times too, which may be an option. Or regular old almond milk.

Or just leave it out. Use more water instead. They won't look quite as worm-y, but will still be pretty awesome.
cpacker1 (author)  sam20102 years ago
Hmm...well the whipping cream is basically to make the worms more cloudy in color. So maybe coffee creamer? I have no idea how it works, just speculating here trying to help out.
grannyjones2 years ago
I'm thinking V8 and clam juice with loads of Knox gelatin.
With cooked ground beef crumbles, it would be a main dish bowl of worms and dirt.
this is great they look verrry real. how did you get them out of the straws? (just read it) Oh i see i was scared for a minute there you blew them out. :P
rcollard2 years ago
Definitely doing this one for my halloween party... would cutting the liquids a little make them set firmer?
Reducing the liquids or adding more gelatine would make them set firmer.
cpacker1 (author)  rcollard2 years ago
Not sure on that one. I suppose it would.
andiz2 years ago
Maybe try freezing them then dipping them quickly into hot water and squeezing them out!
Don't freeze the gelatin or the worms will "bleed" when the ice crystals melt and the worms will lose all consistency.
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Though using gelatin or agaragar with non-meat based purees can make a wonderful consomme like soup, if you use the right proportion, let it set, then let it melt in a sieve and collect the bleeding liquid.
pmacphee2 years ago
Mine didn't turn out :( Seemed like they weren't jelly enough so just kept falling apart!
You could try a few things.
1) let them set longer. The straw acts as insulation, thus they will need longer to set in the refrigerator.
2) less whipped cream
3) less water
cpacker1 (author)  pmacphee2 years ago
maybe try adding more gelatin... two or three packs of the unflavored gelatin?
rcollard2 years ago
So I made these for a Halloween themed party I had on the 15th. I used two boxes of Jell-o and cut the cold liquid in half, replacing the water with a strawberry vodka for an adult snack. They set well and tasted great!

The trouble was getting the worms out of the straws quickly enough to not be a major pain in the rear/completely frustrating to the point where I gave up after about 50 straws (that happened, and I had about 150 to go). Rinsing them with warm water so that they "slid out" wasted a lot of them in the sink, and turned a lot of them that made it into a bowl into watery goo. Squeezing them out was messy, time consuming, and infuriating. Blowing them out was not an option because I had a cold. Any helpful hints?

My guests still enjoyed eating them right out of the straws. ;) They were a hit and the ones I DID manage to get into the crumbled cookie "dirt" disappeared quickly.
You can blow air into the straw with a point nozzle on a bike pump. Works like a champ.
auntikays2 years ago
This is awesome! If you can find a Chinese food container..or a styrofoam container like bait shops use....you could crush up some Oreo cookies to look like dirt and set these on top. Put them in the fridge and make like you're eating bait shop worms.

Great instructable!
Did that on my dad and he though it was lo mein!
His reaction as he was putting it on a plate was PRICELESS!
Styrofoam cups actually work well for the bait look. Just add a sticker , or stamp and add a price tag for a finishing touch.
Dried black olives finely chopped/diced also works well as an edible soil.

Probably wouldn't taste as good as Oreos though :-)
cpacker1 (author)  auntikays2 years ago
Great idea!
or a coffee can...

"Good lord! George, he's gonna show up with a coffee can full of worms! Red can, Hills Brothers. I'll lay a bet on it."

hills bros.jpg
sabu.dawdy2 years ago
this is ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwly delicious ;P
shortone2 years ago
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Sovereignty2 years ago
That is really awesome.
you knw i delayed looking at this as they looked like real worms

..incredibly..GAG..weak stomach
cheeriokate2 years ago
Ewww! Lol! I bet they feel like worms too
maewert2 years ago
All was looking good for my batch but then I added 1/2 cup of the whipping cream. It turned from a nice dark worm color to a bright pink... and then it wouldn't set up past a gooey mess. I think maybe a tablespoon of whipping cream would have been better just to give the worms some substance so they aren't transparent. Maybe less water also...

Best Wishes
iarter2 years ago
I used blue paintable tape to wrap the bottom of the straws to hold in more jello to make longer worms
seeversa2 years ago
im trying this now but it not setting (2 hours) how long did it take for you?
cpacker1 (author)  seeversa2 years ago
I left mine set overnight.
ahh ok, that might be why, mine were very soft and fragile. but i just squeezed them out
jogle12 years ago
I am making these for a hallowween party tomorrow, I love the idea of putting them in a chinese take out box, I may have to try that. I hope they turn out good and I dont screw them up! :)
bubbaclaw2 years ago
I have a question.
Since they are made with gelatin is there a problem with them melting at room temperature?
If you double bowl with ice in the bottom bowl they should stay plenty cool enough.
If they are firm enough, I have not had a problem. I was making gummy candies in a silicon ice tray mold tho, so they were a bit thicker.
cpacker1 (author)  bubbaclaw2 years ago
They should be good for a couple hours at room temp. I would say 2-3 hours they would be fine.
cwbyzfn692 years ago
Try a CLEAN razor blade to slice down the length of the straw. Just take it slow and be sure to not cut into the "Worm".
bajablue2 years ago
WOO HOO! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-D
cpacker1 (author)  bajablue2 years ago
Thanks
BodyMan542 years ago
This is going to be awesome for Halloween...thanks
bakesalot2 years ago
I saw this tutorial a while back on www.divinedinnerparty.com - you did a good job too! (:
chicopluma2 years ago
STRAWS!!! genius idea and super simple. thanks man, im going to do this one right now
made it with 1/2 cup grape skittle infused vodka subtract from boiling water. dont boil it though. vodka should always be cold. be back for turnout. p.s. really helps the color!
making adult worms lol
fossilnut2 years ago
WONDERFUL YUCKY INGENIOUS,,, WANDER IF YOU CAN UCE CHERRY IN PLACE OF RASPBERRY
cpacker1 (author)  fossilnut2 years ago
I'm sure cherry or grape would work also.
mmarcum2 years ago
Doing a test run now... planning to kick off youth group for the year at church tomorrow night by presenting the ones I make tonight then making a batch together so they know how to do it... almost all boys in the group. I think this will be a hit!
cpacker1 (author)  mmarcum2 years ago
Sounds like a blast! Let me know how it turns out!
WHOA! amazingly smart one! :D definatly willl make one!
sunshiine2 years ago
How gross! but kewl! Nice Instructable.
traciy22 years ago
This is revolting and completely awesome! Fabulous prank to play on my kids (10 years old thru 16).

Thanks for this cool 'ible.
edokan2 years ago
i am kinda hungry now :D
nlangdon2 years ago
Can you add alcohol to these? Make them adult friendly worms?
aalv20032 years ago
Try smashing some Oreo or another chocolate cookie to emulate soil.
tn.2 years ago
BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! omg, my sister is gonna hurl buckets once she gets a load of my "special" recipe spaghetti!!!!!
Oh that is awesome, They would make good fishing baits. I can not wait to eat them after I make them, Plus I have chickens so they will be fun to feed to my chickens!
I like this, I make my own gummy bates for fishing. Anise or Liquorice flavour is a bate used by fishermen a lot in Canada.
I could put a worm on my hook and sit on the bank of the river and gorse out the other fishermen while I eat the worms.
This made my wife laugh.
susie2 years ago
This looks like the best gummy worm recipe I've seen and I love the instruction to warm them to loosen. I was wondering how you'd get them out of the straws!
tsuskas2 years ago
i think it s gooood about fishing...i ll try it
nomij2 years ago
How do you get the worms to be two different colours? Is it that the cream sort of seperates as the jello filled straws set?
(Voted, btw ;)
Thanks for sharing!
cpacker1 (author)  nomij2 years ago
Yes, the cream separates.
I mean this in the best possible way: YUCK =) btw, picking up a pack of bendy straws on my way home from work!!!
a918bmxr2 years ago
absolutely genius:)
great job!
who1buffy2 years ago
Very Cool! Wonder if you could make these with tequila?
scoochmaroo2 years ago
I tried this without the whipped cream and with extra gelatine, and made a wicked mess. I plan to try again though and will let you know how it goes!
canida2 years ago
Excellent use of bendy straws! Brilliant.
vishalapr2 years ago
Awesome Prank!
kenbob2 years ago
creative!
tobyscool2 years ago
Never thought of using straws :P
Nice work :D
artworker2 years ago
Super! Sooooo inovative!
rimar20002 years ago
Impressive!
Kaelessin2 years ago
These are fantastic! I can't wait until Halloween!
luckyjamie2 years ago
Lool that's so aweesome!!I though those were real worms when I first saw the picture.
mikeasaurus2 years ago
gross (and awesome)!
indeed... They look awesome (and kinda gross :D)