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I first made these for my watch party (watching the first episode of the Halloween Baking Championship) last year. I love love LOVE how they turned out, BUT the crazy thing is NO ONE would eat them! They were TOO creeped out by them! So which side of the fence do you fall on? Too creepy to eat or totally awesome in all the best ways?
So I’ve seen worms made with jello, but for me they were never the right pale ivory/pink color from the earthworms I remembered from my childhood in Oregon (I KNOW earthworms are a ton of different colors around the world). SO I made my own jello jigglers with Grapefruit juice!
Once you have the color right the next challenge is simply to get them OUT of the straws, seriously it took me experimenting with a few batches to get it right. Rinsing the worms just enough, but not too much – you don’t want to melt them out, but if you don’t rinse them enough they don’t come easily. After a few tries it’s a piece of cake though.
Seriously I’ve been SO EXCITED to share these with you, probably my favorite Halloween treat EVER! I like the creepy but not GORY stuff, it’s fun! Honestly I can rarely get anyone to try them, which I find HILARIOUS cause they are so fun! Maybe cause I made them it makes it more acceptable for me?
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Anyway because you warm up the straw to help them squeeze out of them if you put them into a bowl and back into the fridge that warm outside will then set together and you’ll have a bowl that looks like brains more than loose worms, so I recommend squeezing them out close to the time your serving them and leaving them at room temperature!
Creepy Edible Worms
- 4 C grapefruit juice
- 4 packets gelatin
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp white food dye
- 1 SMALL drop avacado pastel green gel dye
- 100 + flexible straws or enough to fill your container
- Tall container 1 quart or 1 liter carton of milk
Pour 2 cups of grapefruit juice into a 4 Cup container
Add the gelatin, stir and let sit 5 mins
Melt in the microwave for 1 min on high
Add the sugar and stir - make sure the sugar gets dissolved, you can microwave longer if it doesn’t
Add 2 more cups of grapefruit juice
Add the white food dye and stir - this will make it opaque.
IF your mixture is still looking very pink add a SMALL (more like half a drop) drop of light green (I use avacado green) gel dye. Or try using a drop (or two) of liquid green dye. Remember you can always add more, you can’t take it away. You are trying to bring in more brown and less pink by doing this - more earthworm colored - stir
Open up all the straws - so the bendable area will create a “neck” for your worms
Shove into the tall container (bendy side down) and pour the mixture into the container
Let sit 4 hours or until set
Take the straws out of the container and pull away the excess jello
Working about 6 straws at a time quickly run them under warm water for 20-30 seconds (to help loosen the jello) and then using a rolling pin pressed against one end of the straws roll up the straws and the worms will come out
And it’s just the beginning! Not only do I have a ton of videos on my YouTube channel of my Halloween treats but I now have an ebook for you filled with more fun Halloween treats! Just a small ecookbook with 18 fun treats including 3 edible “blood” recipes – berry coulis, caramel and buttermilk syrup.