Introduction: Bowl of Worms Anyone?

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.

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)

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.


Neepha made it! (author)2016-04-29

This was a huge hit! Thanks for great idea.

JanetG44 made it! (author)2016-12-09

I made these for my preschool class, I put them in a bowl of milo and gave the kids a paddle pop stick to 'dig for worms'. Some wouldn't touch it but most loved it and when I told them they could eat them, well they loved them even more

T0BY made it! (author)2016-12-06


kpieper876 made it! (author)2016-11-23

Worked great! My only tip was troubleshooting how to best get them out. I did a light run of hot water and then squeezed them out, a few at a time, with my kid holding a bowl.

personpersonperson made it! (author)2016-11-11

This works horribly! I was making this for my birthday and it was a mess!

mcorbin made it! (author)2016-10-31

I tried it, and didn't get it to work at all. I had the straws in a nice tight can, and I put some shortening in the bottom to try to plug the ends, because I couldn't see how the jello would stay in the vertical straws. I would watch a straw fill to the top as I poured it in, then watch it drain right out the bottom. How do you get them to stay filled?

Luckily my brain mold was nearby, so it wasn't a total waste.

austinwebdesign made it! (author)2016-04-27

I cannot imagine how on earth you could get the jello back out of the straw

AndreaLosee made it! (author)AndreaLosee2016-10-28

When I made them, I ran the straws under warm water for a few seconds and then pinched and pushed from one end and it worked great.

JennyF33 made it! (author)2016-10-26

Wow, I had a tremendous hard time figuring out how to pour the liquid into the straws. The liquid just kept coming out of the bottom and filling up my container. I even trying saran wrap on the bottom with a rubber band tight around it. I finally just laid all the straws in a rectangular container and put the straws in there. How did any of you get this to work by setting the jello vertically?! Sure hope they harden. I see some comments below that say they haven't set well for them.

kenmartha made it! (author)2015-11-07

Don't waste your time or money on the ingredients. It doesn't work! However, someone commented that they used the whole box of gelatin, instead of the one envelope, as the recipe states. The worms would not come out of the straws, and when I eventually pinched the top of the straws to push the worms out, we could not pick up the worms without them breaking. Cannot post a positive comment about this "recipe". A waste of money and a huge disappointment.

andrew_bentley made it! (author)andrew_bentley2016-02-01

Thanks, now I know. My wife was planning on trying to cook something out of the ordinary, I guess this won't be it.

MaggieM8 made it! (author)2015-05-20

Quick question... how long do they take to set? Do they set better in the cold or just leave at room temperature? TIA!!!

EmilyS56 made it! (author)EmilyS562015-10-31

I would recommend making them the night before so that they have time to set though the night in the fridge. They will not set at room temperature.

Ellenmarie2000 made it! (author)Ellenmarie20002015-10-28

About 2 days

EmilyS56 made it! (author)2015-10-31

I did these last year and they turned out great! They take much longer to set than it says so I made them the day before and they set through the night. I used red jello mixed with just a touch of blue so that they would look discolored. I also used a little bit more of the cream so that it would look mottled. The only problem with using the straws is that is is VERY difficult to get them out. My brother and I took turns holding pliers on one end of the straws and using chopsticks to squeeze the jello out. I highly reccomend doing this if you are not afraid to work!.

yellowcatt made it! (author)2015-10-30

Those look good, however a number of my friends are vegetarian so I would have to try making them with agar agar rather than gelatine based jelly.

markaagius made it! (author)markaagius2015-10-30

If your vegetarian friends think that they are worms,
then they will never eat them as worms are meat.

Meat = The flesh of animals (including fishes and birds worms and snails) used as food.

apusapus01 made it! (author)2015-10-30

To cool

KristiT4 made it! (author)2015-10-30

can someone tell me how much booze I can put in these:)...doing adult and kid ones for a party

SMALLBUTLER made it! (author)2015-10-30

My Husband Would Eat These

ljhtg made it! (author)2015-10-30


julie-a made it! (author)2012-10-20

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

ajohnson27 made it! (author)ajohnson272012-10-26

LOL, sorry thats kinda funny. Its not Raspberry "JELLY" but Raspberry "JELLO". Mines in the fridge now.

hillplus made it! (author)hillplus2013-10-23

It is called Jelly in other countries. ;) Jello is a BRAND name.Now you know.

AwesomePossum50 made it! (author)AwesomePossum502015-10-30

They don't call it gelatin in other countries? I didn't think that was exclusive to the US...

Ellenmarie2000 made it! (author)2015-10-28

I made these last year. Only problem inhad was nobody wanted to eat them because they looked too real!

quas1mod made it! (author)quas1mod2015-10-30

Tell your friends they're all fired, and find some new friends that are fun.

kelsey.denault made it! (author)2014-10-25

whIppIng cream? as In heavy whIppIng cream or whIpped toppIng?

Ellenmarie2000 made it! (author)Ellenmarie20002015-10-28

Whipping cream

AJD42 made it! (author)AJD422014-10-26

I believe it is heavy whipping cream.

KatrinaA4 made it! (author)2015-10-24

Hey. Can i make these a few days ahead? How long do they keep

Ellenmarie2000 made it! (author)Ellenmarie20002015-10-28

I do 3 days ahead

CelesteM5 made it! (author)2015-10-26

Is the whip cream whipped or liquid?

Ellenmarie2000 made it! (author)Ellenmarie20002015-10-28


casperanna made it! (author)2015-10-26

Do you have to include whipping cream?

TaraB24 made it! (author)2015-10-22

Yes, anytime you make Jello, package directions are one cup boiling water, one cup cold. The cold water cup is what you have to play with for amount of alchohol. A full cup is a bit strong but 1/2 vodka, 1/2 cold water works well. It wont matter if they are worms and not shots as the added gelatin would also compensate for a little more firmness.

KatyG2 made it! (author)2015-10-13

I am going to be making these for my halloween party this weekend.... Anyone know how much alcohol to add or type to make them like Jell-o shots??

LesleyW2 made it! (author)2015-09-16

Just think that is one of the best and cheapest ideas I have seen for a long time :3

Debbie Appelman made it! (author)2015-09-02

hmmm. I think you could put a half stick of cold butter in the bottom of a glass, stick the straws into the butter and fill the straws. Then the jello won't run out the bottom. Use room temp liquid jello to fill then refrigerate. Jello boxes have a recipe for "jello jigglers' you can make which are like gummy bear candy.

chelsea.speelman made it! (author)2015-04-26

Please help I tried making the Jell-O worms and it looks like all the Jell-O is sitting at the bottom of the Pringle container?!?! Is this going to work

cpacker1 made it! (author)2015-02-16

Hey everyone, sorry I haven't been on here in a while..

Eihoe.Itachi made it! (author)2014-10-21

what should the consistancy be like?

Tom91827 made it! (author)2014-10-12

How do you get the mixture to stay in the straws

MadisonL made it! (author)2014-09-22

If any of u are having trouble making this..and getting it to to go thicker..than just use some corn starch..i thought it tasted fine with the corn startche in it..i couldn't even notice it had corn startche

CrystalB01 made it! (author)2014-04-30

How to eat fried worms was the first thing that came to mind when I saw this (although its not fried)

Poetryclk made it! (author)2013-09-21

How hard is it to pour the liquid "INTO" the straws? I've seen no comments on that!!!!

dcooke1 made it! (author)2013-04-11

My granddaughters & I had such a great time doing this :)

mmathis1 made it! (author)2013-03-13

@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.

onlyonebuf2 made it! (author)2013-03-05

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!

bajablue made it! (author)2013-02-17

Your worms are floating around facebook, cpacker.  I posted a link to this instructable in the comment section to make sure you get credit.

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