Oh how I love Halloween! I’m not sure if it’s all the fun Halloween food there is to create or creating the Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating. The memories that you create with your family by showing them how to make gummy worms will last for a life time. There isn’t a kid (or adult for that matter) that I know that doesn’t love Gummy Worms. Their sweet and sour flavor is seldom matched by any other candy.
These Sour Slimy Worms made with Jello are really fun to create and even more fun to eat!
Aren’t they cool? These Sour Slimy Worms would make a great family project, gather up the supplies and let the kids have fun creating. We made 4 different flavors and added citric acid to some to make them sour.
There are several steps, and it does take some time, but it’s not difficult. Let’s gather our supplies, I found everything at Walmart.
Sour Slimy Worms Supplies
- Jello – you will need 1 box for each batch of worms
- Knox Unflavored Gelatin – you will need 3 packets for each batch of worms
- Whipping Cream – you can leave this out if you want, we made 2 batches with and 2 without, it is helpful to release the worms from the straw
- Plastic Straws – found near the paper plates at Walmart, you need the ones that are flexible, it will create the look of a real worm
- Rubber Bands
- Food Coloring – liquid, found in the baking aisle
- Plastic Squeeze Bottle – this one is from Wilton, you could also use a plastic ketchup bottle
- Citric Acid – found in the canning area at Walmart
First you need to prepare the straws
1. Pull the flexible part of the straws out
2. Secure the straws with a rubber band. We used the whole box of 50.
3. Place straws in a glass. Height doesn’t matter a whole lot, but it does need to be at least 4-5 inches tall
Next you will prepare the Jello
4. After combine Jello and water (recipe below) and letting it set about 20 minutes, you will stir in the whipping cream
5. Then add food coloring, amount will depend on the color you want, I added about 10-12 drops
6. Next, fill the squeeze bottle with the Jello mixture and begin to add to the straws. ONLY fill partially, you want about an inch of liquid in the bottom of the glass (see next photo)
7. After you fill the straws partially, set in freezer for 20 minutes. This will allow the remainder of the Jello mixture from leaking out at the bottom. You may still have some leakage, but it will prevent most.
8. Continue to fill the straws
9. This takes some time, but try and fill all the straws completely. Then place in fridge for at least 3 hours.
After the worms are set, remove from the glass and pull apart. Pull off and run under hot water to remove excess Jello.
After trying several different ways, Doug came up with the easiest way to remove the worms from the straws. Run each straw under hot water for 2-3 seconds. Remove a small portion of worm from the top of the straw (part closest to the flexible portion). And using pliers, clamp and hold the end.
Then using the other hand, gently push the worm out the straw.
Sprinkle with Citric Acid if you want Sour Worms.
- 1 small box Jello - any flavor
- 3 packets Knox Unflavored Gelatin
- 2 cups boiling water - for each batch of worms
- ½ cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- Plastic Straws - the flexible kind, 1 box of 50
- Rubber Band
- 10-12 drops liquid food coloring
- Citric Acid - available from Ball Canning supplies
- Glass - at least 4-5 inches tall
- Plastic Squeeze Bottle
- Wax Paper
- Pull the flexible part of the straws out
- Secure the straws with a rubber band. We used the whole box of 50.
- Place straws in a glass. Height doesn’t matter a whole lot, but it does need to be at least 4-5 inches tall
- Combine Jello and Knox Gelatin in a small bowl, stir slightly. Add 2 cups boiling water and stir until dissolved, about 2 minutes. Let set about 20 minutes to cool slightly.
- Add Whipping Cream and stir to combine. Add food coloring until desired color
- Fill the squeeze bottle with jello mixture and partially fill straws until there is about 1 inch of liquid in the bottom of the glass. Place in freezer for 20 minutes.
- Remove from freezer and continue filling straws until completely full
- Place in fridge for at least 3 hours to set
- Remove from fridge, pull apart straws and run under hot water to remove excess jello mixture
- For each worm - run under hot water 2-3 seconds. Remove a small portion of worm from top of straw.
- Use the pliers to hold the straw at the top and push the worm out onto a piece of wax paper
- Sprinkle with Citric Acid if you want the worms sour
- Store in airtight container in the fridge.