Thursday, October 27, 2011

Jello Worms

I saw this recipe last year on tv...or the internet...or something. But of course I never got around to making them. This year, it was on my "Must Do For Halloween" list. I had Halloween Playgroup at my house this week, and with a bunch of 3-4 year olds running around my house, I knew this would be the perfect snack for them.
There are all sorts of different ideas from using grape jello to adding food coloring. I found black cherry, and I think the color is right on. Gross. Seriously. Keep in mind they are also a little time consuming. It isn't something you can just whip up. But the end result is worth it. I thought the playgroup kids would be a little nervous to try them...but they gobbled them up...and then asked for more! I surprised my kids with the leftovers when they got home from school. My 7 year old wouldn't dare to try them...but my 5 year old ate almost the rest of the bowl! So go ahead, make them!


1 (6 oz) package black cherry jello
3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
3 cups boiling water
3/4 cup whipping cream
100+ plastic bendable straws

Extend each straw (you know, the bendable part). Place in a container that can hold at least 4 cups of liquid tightly. You can use a empty milk or juice jug that has been cleaned. Place straws into the container, bendable part down. They need to be tightly packed in, or you can use a rubber band.
Boil 3 cups of water. Add water to plain and flavored jello. Stir until dissolved. Let cool for about 20 minutes. Stir in whipping cream.
Pour jello mixture over the straws. The jello will be all around the straws as well. No worries, it still fills the straws. Chill for at least 8 hours. Remove from friends, and run warm water over the sides of your container. Then gently remove the jello worm from each straw by pushing down the entire length of the straw. Chill until ready to serve.


anniebakes said...

very interesting! so clever, too