How to make Jell-O Worms! A Spooky Halloween Treat!

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Jell-o worms is a super fun Halloween recipe that the kids will love to slurp up!

a bowl of jello worms for halloween


While the recipe is actually very simple, it is a bit messy to make and kind of tricky to get the worms out at first.  Here are a few tips before you begin:

  1. You want your container packed with straws as tightly as possible.  My container was flexible, so once I had poured the Jell-O in, I used a rubber band around the carton to make it even tighter and bring the level of the liquid to the top of the straw.
  2. When removing the worms from the straws, wear rubber gloves if you have them.  I didn’t and my hands turned red for the day. :)
  3. I tried many methods for removing the “worms”.  Running them under warm water actually melts the Jell-O because it’s so thin.  The easiest way I found is listed in the recipe!
  4. The straws are cheap, I got them at the dollar store.

Have fun!  My kids loved this, even the teenagers!

Oh, and these made really awesome “Worms & Dirt Dessert Cups“!

worms & dirt in cups

a bowl of jello worms for halloween
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Jell-O Worms! A Spooky Halloween Treat!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Rest Time 12 hours
Total Time 13 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
This simple recipe uses Raspberry Jell-O to make spooky Halloween worms!


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  • 2 packages Raspberry Jell-O (4 servings each)
  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin (1/4 oz each)
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 15 drops green food coloring

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  • Stretch out the bendy part of all of your straws. Prepare your "worm mold" by placing the straws into your container. If using a milk carton, do not cut it, just open the top. The tighter they are packed in, the better.
  • Place the Jell-O and unflavored gelatin in a bowl. Add the boiling water and stir until dissolved.
  • Let cool to room temperature. Add whipping cream and food coloring. Gently stir.
  • Pour the Jell-O mixture into the straws. Refrigerate over night.
    milk container full of straws with jello mixture being poured in
Removing the worms
  • Pinch out a little piece of Jell-O from one end of the straw (about 1/2") Place 2 or 3 straws on a hard surface and with a rolling pin (on the end that you have pinched out the Jell-O) roll the end of the straw until the worm starts to come out of the straw.
  • Once the worm has started to move out, it's easy to use your fingers to just push the worm out the rest of the way.
    small jello worms for halloween with a moon in the corner

Nutrition Information

Calories: 167, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 130mg, Potassium: 11mg, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 219IU, Calcium: 18mg, Iron: 1mg


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