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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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what should the consistancy be like?

Tom918279 days ago
How do you get the mixture to stay in the straws
MadisonL29 days ago

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

pie201020115 months ago
How to eat fried worms was the first thing that came to mind when I saw this (although its not fried)
julie-a2 years 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
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.
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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.
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