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Bowl of Worms: How to Make Jello Worms

Do you remember going to Halloween parties, probably in elementary school, where you tricked your senses into thinking you were doing something really gross? I remember being in third or fourth grade and we had a great little Halloween party at school. I was blindfolded, and then I remember being told to put my hand into a series of mysterious bowls.

My fingers gently poked the disgusting contents of the bowls and then I’d work up the courage to give it a big squeeze. And then of course, since I was a kid, I giggled with delight and terror!

One of the bowls might have been peeled grapes, which our class was told was a bowl of eyeballs. One of them was a bowl of pipe cleaners which was supposed to be fat, hairy spider legs. (That couldn’t have helped my life-long fear of spiders…) And one of them was a bowl of wet spaghetti, which we were told was… hmmm… I forget… was the spaghetti supposed to be brains? Can you remember?

If you're trying to freak someone out with crazy Halloween food or maybe even April Fool's, I can tell you confidently that you HAVE to try this recipe!

Do they still do that in schools? Or is that considered unsanitary these days?

These jello worms would have worked perfectly for that little sensory party! Maybe not so much for squeezing them, but holy smokes could you ever freak someone out with a bowl of these worms! Never before have I made something so realistic and disgusting looking. They seriously look like earth worms. And even though I know they are sweet and taste like jello, it is HARD to make yourself eat them! Or at least I found it hard to eat them.

My three year old and my five year old LOVED the idea of making a bowl of worms! Except when it came down to it, neither one of them would eat them. haha Too realistic I guess! So if you’re trying to freak someone out with crazy Halloween food or maybe even April Fool’s, I can tell you confidently that you HAVE to try this recipe!

How to make Jello Worms

Now, I’m not going to lie, it does take a bit of effort to make these. They turned out really well, but you have to give yourself a day to let them set, and then at least 45 minutes to push them all out of the straws. So it’s definitely not a last minute thing.

The full printable recipe is at the bottom of this post, but here’s a quick list of what you’ll need:

  • 150 Flexible Straws
  • 1 package Raspberry Jello
  • Whipping Cream
  • Green Food Colouring
  • 3 packages Unflavoured Gelatin
  • 1 Mason Jar (I used a 4 cup mason jar)
  • If you're trying to freak someone out with crazy Halloween food or maybe even April Fool's, I can tell you confidently that you HAVE to try this recipe!

    Combine the raspberry Jello and the unflavoured gelatin in a large bowl.

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    Add 3 cups of boiling water.

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    Stir until all of the gelatin is dissolved. And then put it in the fridge for about 20 minutes or until it’s lukewarm.

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    While you’re waiting, start getting your straws ready by stretching them all open.

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    This was a perfect job for my two little helpers!

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    Fill up the mason jar with the straws, making sure the flexible part of the straw is closer to the bottom of the jar.

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    I couldn’t fit all 150 of the straws in the jar, but close enough. I think I managed to get about 125 straws in there, but I didn’t count them.

    If you're trying to freak someone out with crazy Halloween food or maybe even April Fool's, I can tell you confidently that you HAVE to try this recipe!

    Once the Jello mixture is lukewarm, measure out 3/4 cups of whipping cream. (Remember, the full printable recipe is at the bottom of the post!) Add at least 15 drops of green food colouring. I added exactly 15 drops and you can see the colour mine turned out. You can add a few more drops of green if you want them browner.

    If you're trying to freak someone out with crazy Halloween food or maybe even April Fool's, I can tell you confidently that you HAVE to try this recipe!

    I transferred the Jello to a 4 cup measuring cup, but any large bowl or measuring cup with a spout will work. Add the green whipping cream (unwhipped) to the Jello and stir until it’s combined.

    If you're trying to freak someone out with crazy Halloween food or maybe even April Fool's, I can tell you confidently that you HAVE to try this recipe!

    I don’t know why, but I found this part really fun! Pour the Jello into the top of the straws.

    If you're trying to freak someone out with crazy Halloween food or maybe even April Fool's, I can tell you confidently that you HAVE to try this recipe!

    Don’t pour too fast though, or this will happen. I love that my husband actually managed to snap a picture of this. Oops!

    If you're trying to freak someone out with crazy Halloween food or maybe even April Fool's, I can tell you confidently that you HAVE to try this recipe!

    And he also snapped a picture of my splatter, because he wanted to rub it in that I messed up. Men!

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    It will self level through all of the straws so you don’t need to worry about filling each individual straw.

    If you're trying to freak someone out with crazy Halloween food or maybe even April Fool's, I can tell you confidently that you HAVE to try this recipe!

    Just pour it into the middle of the jar and it will even itself out.

    If you're trying to freak someone out with crazy Halloween food or maybe even April Fool's, I can tell you confidently that you HAVE to try this recipe!

    Now this was one of those glorious moments that made the perfectionist in me REALLY happy. See the empty measuring cup? And see the level of the liquid in the mason jar? PERFECT FIT!! : )

    If you're trying to freak someone out with crazy Halloween food or maybe even April Fool's, I can tell you confidently that you HAVE to try this recipe!

    I put the jar in the fridge for 24 hours to set. The recipe I followed said they’ll be fine after 8 hours in the fridge, but I ran out of daylight hours to take my photos for you, so I had to wait until the following day.

    It was a bit of a challenge getting the first straw out of the jar, but I managed to wiggle it out without too much damage. The ones after the first straw were much easier to remove.

    If you're trying to freak someone out with crazy Halloween food or maybe even April Fool's, I can tell you confidently that you HAVE to try this recipe!

    Run the straw under hot water for a few seconds. I ran them under hot water until the leftover Jello gunk on the outside of the straws washed off. If you don’t do this part, you won’t be able to get them out of the straw.

    In case you’re curious, I tried blowing them out with my mouth too. It didn’t work.

    If you're trying to freak someone out with crazy Halloween food or maybe even April Fool's, I can tell you confidently that you HAVE to try this recipe!

    Starting at the top of the straw where it’s empty, pinch with your fingers to squeeze the straw closed, and then slide your fingers down the straw to squeeze out the worm.

    You have to squeeze out Every. Single. Worm. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time for this step! You’ll be doing it at least 100 times.

    I read that some people tried using a rolling pin to squeeze theirs out, but I didn’t try it myself. If you do try it, be sure to let me know if it works!

    If you're trying to freak someone out with crazy Halloween food or maybe even April Fool's, I can tell you confidently that you HAVE to try this recipe!

    Now, if you’ll notice, part of the worms have clear Jello and part of the worms have opaque Jello. Don’t worry, you aren’t missing any steps, this will happen on it’s own without any effort from you.

    If you're trying to freak someone out with crazy Halloween food or maybe even April Fool's, I can tell you confidently that you HAVE to try this recipe!

    See in the photo below how the bottom inch or so is clear Jello? It separates on it’s own. The straws on the inside of the jar seemed to have the longest bits of clear Jello. I’m not sure why some separated more than others, but it works for me.

    If you're trying to freak someone out with crazy Halloween food or maybe even April Fool's, I can tell you confidently that you HAVE to try this recipe!

    I ran out of time to squeeze out all of the worms, so what you’re seeing is only about 1/3 of the straws that were in the jar. It was dinner time, and it was taking longer than I planned to get them all out. Sorry guys!

    If you're trying to freak someone out with crazy Halloween food or maybe even April Fool's, I can tell you confidently that you HAVE to try this recipe!

    But I think you get the idea. Gross, right?!

    If you're trying to freak someone out with crazy Halloween food or maybe even April Fool's, I can tell you confidently that you HAVE to try this recipe!

    Pouring them into the other bowl gave me the heebie jeebies! Yuck! Don’t they look horrible!?

    If you're trying to freak someone out with crazy Halloween food or maybe even April Fool's, I can tell you confidently that you HAVE to try this recipe!

    This recipe is AWESOME! It worked perfectly! I can’t guarantee anyone will actually want to eat them if you make them, but it will SO be worth it! Just imagine making an awesome dessert, and then putting these on top of it. haha… I think I might do that just for fun, since I still have 2/3’s of the worms left over in the fridge.

    What would you do with these worms?

    These Jello worms are amazingly disgusting. Just try to eat them without cringing. I dare you. : )

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    This is AWESOME! And gross. I need to enlist my kids to help make up a big batch of these for Halloween. And hello, you’re in London? We lived there for almost 10 years! Waving at you from north of Toronto!

    Waving back at you! Nice to have a fellow Londoner, even if you moved away! 🙂 And you should definitely get your kids to help you make these. I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to help with things like this, rather than them watching me do all the work and “helping”! ha!

    Loving this! So delightfully gross. 🙂 I bet the kiddos loved it.

    This is super cool!!! Thanks for sharing with us at Mommy Monday! Pinned.
    xoxo

    What a fun treat and AWESOME project for the kids to help with! My boys will LOVE this, thanks for sharing!

    sooo fun! Thank you for hsaring at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

    That is creepy amazing! Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party pinned & shared. See you again soon.

    I never have seen the jello worms before I can’t wait to try it with the grandkids and my special needs daughter
    They’ll love it
    Thanks for sharing
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    I’ve seen those worms on Facebook many times but I never thought of how they’d come out of the straws. Thank you for your detailed and realistic description. You have saved me a ton of time and sanity – I won’t be making them 😉
    Happy Halloween!

    lol Oh no! I’m not sure it was my intention to completely steer you away from them, but it’s true, they are pretty time consuming! I’m glad my description helped, nonetheless! Happy Halloween to you too! 🙂

    I haven’t checked the proportions, but I saw a recipe like this many, many years ago in Sunset magazine, and I make them for our go-to Halloween dessert, Mud, Dirt & Worms (chocolate pudding/custard layered with Oreo cookies processed in the food processor till all the white filling disappears and you just have fine crumbs, and topped with the gelatin worms.) My husband and I have a friend who has helped me get the worms out of the straws many times because I have problems with my hands, but he absolutely refuses to eat the worms, despite the fact that he knows every single thing which is in them and would eat the mixture if I let it set up in a bowl. We’ve decided we like layering the pudding in advance instead of doing it just before serving; The cookie crumbs absorb some of the moisture from the pudding, making them slightly cake-like. I assemble and serve the dessert in a plastic flower pot which has never been used for anything else. I put a plastic lid or a piece of plastic wrap in the bottom so nothing comes out of the drainage holes.

    That sounds like a delicious dessert! Although, I’m pretty sure I’d have trouble eating it too, especially the worms, even though I know exactly what’s in them. They really are realistic!

    My favorite is “Kitty Litter Cake” Recipe is easy to find online. It is served in a NEW litter box w/ a NEW Poo scooper. On top of the litter you soften little tootsie rolls in the microwave, bend them into authentic shapes and place them artfully. Delicious but tough to find anyone who will risk it.

    If the liquid levels out, can’t you just put the liquid in the jar and then add the straws?

    I just finished putting the jello mixture into the mason jars with the straws. Maybe this is a silly question, but how does all the jello get into the straws? It doesn’t look like it’s filled them yet. Also, I could only squeeze 115 straws into the jar. Does that matter?

    Wow amazing just discovered this post. I will definitely be making them for teen halloween party.

    I am going to an adult party, could these be turned into jello shot worms?

    Wondering the same thing. Use vodka instead of water?

    We make Jello Shots for the neighborhood parents during trick-or-treating every year (usually with champagne instead of hard liquor)… I think I’m going to try this method for jello shots this year. 😀

    How long do they last? For instance, if you make them for a party will they last over an hour not refrigerated? Do they melt? Do they get sticky?

    I was wondering that too. How long do they “live” out of the fridge? I’m working on mine now for my daughter’s class party.

    I’m going to make these for a mystery box on Halloween. Did you find out how long they lasted?

    Love this recipe!!! I’ve been sharing your page on my Instagram account @lunches_by_lindsay …. not sure if you’re on there but would love to tag you!

    They work perfectly in my “worms in dirt” dessert 🖤

    I actually planning to make this one on our Halloween Team Building for my presentation.

    thank you for sharing your effort Mom

    How long do they last? I need to know how far in advance I can make them.

    Looks like Klingon Gagh to me. Best when it’s live!

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