What a great Halloween "treat"! My nephew and his friends loved these (the way they looked as well as how they tasted). I'll be making these again next year. Thanks Linda!!
I made these for my daughter's halloween party and they were a hit! My bowl full of worms was the star of the table and they were eaten up quickly! The kids and adults loved them. It was a little time consuming, but worth the effort.
I love this recipe! I will make it again next year, but with red jello (had orange already) and a taller container. I used a rolling pin to get the worms out of the straws and it worked perfectly. Make sure to use a narrow and tall container!
This is a great recipe.The worms look real and they taste good too.I like to use the raspberry flavor jello.
I found a fast and easy way to get the worms out of the straws using needle-nose pliers. First I tried squeezing the open end of the straw with the pliers but it was too slippery. Then I tried grabbing the straw with one nose of the pliers inside the straw and the other nose outside. That did the trick. With my new solid grip I was able to squeeze the worms out quickly and easily...they practically slid out! It should only take you a few seconds for each straw. The worms really complemented my Qwiggle Halloween Jello molds (I have the hand, brain and eyeballs). Check out Qwiggle Jello molds online, they look so real it's scary. I love my gruesome but tasty treats for Halloween!
How do you keep the liquid inside the straws. There is no way they fill up, everything goes out from the bottom. Please tell me what I should do to be able to fill the straws. thank you.
I was really excited to make this recipe for my son's 2nd grade class. It was a flop and I had to go to a back-up plan. The Jell-O mixture wouldn't stay in the straws even after I tried foil and a bag rubber-banded to the straws. Then I tried cooling the mixture a little more...only to find it sat on TOP of the straws! I ended up just leaving it in the bowl and calling it chopped liver.
How in the world did you all manage to keep the Jell-O in the straws????? Not going to try again until someone reveals their secret!
I've been making these for years (they originally came from Sunset magazine.) A friend helps me get them out of the straws because I now have problems with my hands. He's a very adventurous eater and knows exactly what's in them, but he is freaked out by how realistic they are and won't even try one. We serve them as part of Mud, Dirt and Worms every Halloween--I layer chocolate pudding with lots of oreo crumbs in a plastic flower pot used only for this recipe, then chill for several hours and garnish with the worms.
This was perfect and an enormous hit at the 5th grade Halloween party today! All the kids freaked out, and all the moms wanted the recipe. The only trouble I had was getting them out of the straws. I ran them under hot water for 4 seconds, but the water was too hot and turned the jello to goo, so I did 2 seconds on lukewarm water. My husband grabbed one end of the straw with pliers and used his thumb to press out the jello. The rolling pin did not work at all for us.