Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 5 mins

Notes: Use a cleaned 1-quart milk or orange juice carton to hold straws

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a bowl, combine gelatins.
  2. Add boiling water; stir until gelatins completely dissolve. Chill until lukewarm, about 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, gently pull straws to extend to full length; place in tall container.
  4. Blend cream and food coloring with the lukewarm gelatin mixture. Pour into container, filling straws.
  5. Chill until gelatin is firm, at least 8 hours, or cover and chill up to 2 days.
  6. Pull straws from container (if using a carton, tear carton away from 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.
  7. Cover and chill until ready to use, at least 1 hour or up to 2 days.
  8. Worms will hold at room temperature up to 2 hours.
Most Helpful

It was great, I loved it!

Beaver October 24, 2002

A lot of fun to make, they do look so real. Just a tip for the next person, make sure the flexible part of the straw is facing down in the carton. My son loved them.

alawson14 October 28, 2009

So sorry that I forgot to review this. We used this almost 2 years ago! for my daughter's sweet 16 party where we played Fear Factor games. These really looked real. We did have a bit of trouble with the first few, but then we found that holding the end of the straw with needle-nosed pliers helped a lot. Also, be sure to run the worms under hot water long enough. We were afraid that they would melt, but found that if you do it correctly, they will remove with ease and have a glossy appearance to them. Thanks for a great gross-out recipe.

charlie #5 August 25, 2009

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