04 November 2013
How to make "Jello worms" - updated
The photo is self-explanatory. The thread at Reddit discusses some of the details of preparation, including how to remove the worms from the straws.
For maximum gross-out effect, mix the worms with "dirt" (crushed Oreos!!).
I think we've found our front-door treat for next years' Halloweeners. Yay!
Addendum: I wanted to post a follow-up for those planning to create some of these. It's not as easy as it looks. I tried to make some for Halloween, and the result was dreadful:
The key appears to be in a casual comment at the original recipe about using extra gelatin. The ones that I made (unfortunately camouflaged on the red plate) were too squishy to be of practical use. If I do this again, I'm going to use a much higher gelatin/water ratio. Also I didn't add enough cream to mute down the fluorescent color of the cherry jello.
And a final note re the straws. I would have preferred to use the "bendy" straws as shown in the original to show the segmentation of the worms, but the straws I did find were larger (made for thick liquids/ice cream etc) and yielded a better-size worm than skinny straws.