Jello Worms

I hated EVERYTHING about these nasty worms! The look…the texture…Gross. (I’m a texture snob)
However, my kids thought it was a HUGE hit. Proof in the picts below!

I’ve seen these yucky jello worms floating around pinterest and decided they would make a perfect addition to our annual Spooky Halloween Dinner. We HAD to give them a try.

We followed the original recipe from Mels Kitchen Cafe and followed tips from The Craft Patch. Mel gives great directions and even has a step by step picture tutorial. I suggest you make them just as she says. Mine did not turn out picture perfect…#1 My kids helped #2 We forgot to open up the bendable part of the straw which gives the “accordian like” texture of real earthworms. Other then that….they were fun to try.

Jello Worms
  • 1 pkg. (6 oz) red gelatin/jello (we used time I'd use strawberry because of the color)
  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • ¾ cup whipping cream
  • green food coloring, as needed
  • 100+ plastic straws with bendable necks
  1. Choose a container that can hold at least 4 cups of liquid. It should be completely straight all the way up
  2. Extend each straw
  3. Pack the straws in as tightly as you can.
  4. Put a few elastic bands around the custer of straws to help hold them together.
  5. Make sure the straws are flush with the bottom of the container.
  6. Be sure to put the straws bendable neck DOWN.
  7. In a medium heat safe mixing bowl (one with a pourable edge is best), stir together the plain and flavored gelatin powders.
  8. Pour the boiling water over the gelatin, stirring until it is fully dissolved.
  9. Allow the gelatin to cool for about 15 minutes, until it is slightly warm but not beginning to set.
  10. Stir in the whipping cream.
  11. Stir in a few drops of green food coloring until you get the desired color.
  12. Carefully pour the jello mixture over the prepped straws.
  13. Jello seeping up the sides of the container is perfectly normal, as long as your straws are tightly packed in and flush with the bottom they will fill with jello.
  14. Chill for about 8 hours.
  15. Once the jello has set, carefully squeeze the jello out of the straws.
  16. Be prepared to be grossed-out!
  17. Refrigerate until ready to serve.