Halloween Worms

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




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

Questions & Replies

  1. How in the name of all that is holy do you keep the Jello in the straws? I finally tried a little shortening on the ends. I still ended up with a jar of organ colored (very cool!!) jello with straws sticking up thru it.


  1. It was great, I loved it!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. These worked out perfectly! I followed the directions but used strawberry jello. My biggest tip is to purchase the tall whipping cream container so you will have a snug fit around your straws. I used a cup but I had alot of waste around the worms (still edible) which made my straws fill up 3/4 of the way. I saw people asking how to get it to stay in the straws, it's a tall snug container that does it.
    • Review photo by Melea K.
  5. Fun! Fun! Fun! It was well worth the work. My only disappointment was the amount of waste involved. All of the worms stuck together in the bowl after being loosened from the straws so I think next time I will spray them all with a little non-stick spray. Definitely a keeper for the shock value!


  1. Amazing, they really look like worms! Kinda gross! But really neat! I didn't have whipping cream so I substituted cool whip with a little powdered sugar to thicken the cool whip. They still turned out! I also put a little crushed up graham cracker to look like dirt. Thanks for the brilliant idea! Note: It is best to hold straws underwater for only about 4 seconds. This allows the worms come out smoothly yet they are not turning into mush from too much heat!



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