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.


  1. Cool! Thanks for sharing that little tidbit.

  2. I helped make this dish (worms in dirt) in a high school cooking class once, and it was really fun. And yummy! The kids got a kick out of it.

  3. http://pinstrosity.blogspot.fr/2012/07/wormy-ways.html
    Stan, I'm sure you will like this "pinstrosity"... ;-)

    1. Interesting. It sounds like I should get an early start next fall to make some practice trial runs before Halloween.

  4. I tried but the mixture just went through the bottom of the straws!!


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