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.
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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
rcollard3 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)  rcollard3 years ago
Not sure on that one. I suppose it would.
andiz3 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.
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.
pmacphee3 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)  pmacphee3 years ago
maybe try adding more gelatin... two or three packs of the unflavored gelatin?
rcollard3 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.
auntikays3 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)  auntikays3 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.dawdy3 years ago
this is ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwly delicious ;P
shortone3 years ago

Put you in my gift guide for guys! Just thought I'd let you know :)
Sovereignty3 years ago
That is really awesome.
you knw i delayed looking at this as they looked like real worms

..incredibly..GAG..weak stomach
cheeriokate3 years ago
Ewww! Lol! I bet they feel like worms too
maewert3 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
iarter3 years ago
I used blue paintable tape to wrap the bottom of the straws to hold in more jello to make longer worms
seeversa3 years ago
im trying this now but it not setting (2 hours) how long did it take for you?
cpacker1 (author)  seeversa3 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
jogle13 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! :)
bubbaclaw3 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)  bubbaclaw3 years ago
They should be good for a couple hours at room temp. I would say 2-3 hours they would be fine.
cwbyzfn693 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".
bajablue3 years ago
WOO HOO! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-D
cpacker1 (author)  bajablue3 years ago
BodyMan543 years ago
This is going to be awesome for Halloween...thanks
bakesalot3 years ago
I saw this tutorial a while back on www.divinedinnerparty.com - you did a good job too! (:
chicopluma3 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
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