Saturday, September 12, 2009

Halloween Food: Jello Worms

Halloween is just around the corner and I am always looking for some new ideas. I found this today and it sounds great.

Plan to make these at least a day ahead of time.


100 flexible plastic straws (The straws with a bendable neck make the most realistic worms by adding ridges to the worm. Place bendable necks of straws at the bottom of the container).

an empty, cleaned 1-quart milk or orange juice carton to hold straws. (The straws will fill up to the height of the container, the taller the better.)

1 package (6 ounces) raspberry or grape flavor gelatin 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin

3 cups boiling water

3/4 cup whipping cream

12 to 15 drops green food coloring waxed paper

Combine gelatin in a bowl and add boiling water;
stir until gelatin completely dissolve. Chill until lukewarm, about 20 min.
Meanwhile, gently pull straws to extend to full length; place in tall container.
Wrap together with a loose rubber band to hold straws together.
Blend cream and food coloring with the lukewarm gelatin mixture.
Carefully pour into container, filling straws.

Chill until gelatin is firm, at least 8 hours, or cover and chill up to 2 days.

Pull straws from container or, if you're using a carton, simply tear the carton away from the filled straws. Pull straws apart.
Run hot tap water for about 2 seconds over 3 to 4 straws at a time.
Starting at the empty ends, push worms from straws with rolling pin, or use your fingers.
Lay worms on waxed paper-lined baking sheets.
Cover and chill until ready to use, at least 1 hour or up to 2 days.
Worms will hold at room temperature for about 2 hours
If you want to see them or know more check out The Idea Room, Amy did a great job on hers.


  1. YUM! Stopping by from SITS to say Happy Sunday! My DD LOVES jello and what a perfect recipe for Halloween or any time really. Visit me at for family friendly review, giveaways, resources and articles!

  2. This is such a fun recipe. I'll be my daughters will be making this for their Halloween party, now that I've shown it to them.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Awesome! My kiddos will LOVE these! I bet they could even help with making them. Thanks for sharing :)