DIY Disaster! What NOT To Do When Making Jello Worms!

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Ohhhh! I saw so many pictures of worms made out of gelatin on Pinterest. They all looked really easy to make! Feeling inspired I bought the ingredients to whip up a batch. I used a recipe from Instructables, Bowl of Worms, Anyone?   

All in all, the worms turned out pretty well but please see my notes and learn from my mistakes!

Ingredientsjello and cream with green food coloring

1 6 oz package of Raspberry Jell
1 packet of unflavored gelatin
¾ cup of heavy whipping cream
3 cups boiling water
15 + drops of green food coloring
50 flexible straws+/-
Tall container (milk carton, or plastic drink container, maybe a tall beer mug)

  1. Mix raspberry and unflavored Jello/gelatin together. Add boiling water-keep stirring!

2.THIS IS IMPORTANT! Let the mixture cool to at least lukewarm, then

See how the jello and cream has separated?

See how the jello and cream has separated?

add the whipping cream and the food coloring (I used a little more than half of a container of food coloring-add until mixture the color of a worm). I think I did not wait long enough for mixture to cool and it separated after cooling.

3.Gather straws. THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT: pull on the straws so the

Top straw is correct!

Top straw is correct BUT put the flex end bottom-side down so the Jello reaches it!

flexed part is straightened out (see photo). I did not understand what was meant by,”don’t forget to flex them out” and my worms were missing the nice segmented section found on most earth worms. Drat!

jello worms straws in container4. Put the straws in a container so they all stay upright. I used an empty sports beverage container. A milk carton would work. If your container is too big, use a rubber band to keep straws upright. NOTE: There will be lots of gelatin mixture that doesn’t make it in to the straws. My instructions called for 100 straws. I used about half and the mixture still only filled the straws about 2/3 full. So don’t stress if your container only fits 30 straws.

5. Add gelatin mixture to the straws. I used a spouted measuring bowl. This can get messy! I put newspaper down on my counter and covered it with a dish towel. Food coloring can stain!

6.Put the straws and container in the refrigerator to set. Should be ready in a hour or so. Don’t rush this important step. Test one before taking all the straws out!

Removing worms from straws

    7. Removing the worms from the straws was difficult at first. The instructions I was following said, You can roll a rolling pin over the straws and squeeze them out or you can hold the straws over warm water. The worms will slip right out. Eh…what worked for me was to put the container that held the straws in warm water. I removed one straw at a time and held the top in one hand, squeezed and pulled down with the other (see photo)

Additional notes: I noticed that lots of Jello wormsthe food coloring ended up on the bottom of my bowl. Maybe I should have used a whisk to blend it. The gelatin and the cream separated as the worms cooled. I think whisking might help with this…and I didn’t wait until the mixture was lukewarm before I poured in to the straws. Next time!

So let me know how your Jello worms turn out!!!!

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Many thanks to Patty Eilenberg for humoring me as I made these!

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5 Responses to DIY Disaster! What NOT To Do When Making Jello Worms!

  1. Matt Baier says:

    How did they taste?

    • Gay Gasser says:

      Well, Matt, since I am lactose intolerant, I could not taste them myself. I offered them to many people but had not takers! Really! Still have some left. Can I put you down for a dozen?

  2. Arline says:

    I had a feeling those easy recipes were never as easy as they were made to look! Guess this one was like that! What did you do with most of the worms?

  3. Brian says:

    OK. So I know I am late to this party, but I TOTALLY made these for Halloween! I wish I had read your blog first though as I didn’t let the JELLO cool before adding the whipping cream and yup… separated worms. But they were still really good!

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