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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.
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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?
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