What better way to add to the fun of Halloween than by creating a perfectly creepy recipe to whip up with your kids! Jelly worms are actually quite simple to make, one part craft, one part cooking. They only take about 20 minutes of active kitchen time, and with less than 1 gram of fat and only 13 calories per worm, they’re also a great way to keep Halloween on the healthier side without spoiling the fun.
Halloween Worms Recipe
1 – 6 ounce package cherry jello
1- 6 ounce package grape jello
3 additional envelopes of unflavored gelatin
2 3/4 cups boiling water
3/4 cup whole milk
about 12 drops of natural green food coloring
about 100 flexible straws
In a large bowl combine the jello and additional packets of gelatin, add the boiling water and whisk until throughly combined. Chill the mixture until it is no longer hot, only lukewarm. Add the milk and food coloring to the gelating mixture and whisk to combine.
Place all of the straws into a tall container, such as an empty half gallon milk carton, and pour in the gelatin mixture, filling the straws. Place the container into the refrigerator and chill for at least 8 hours, or until completely set and firm. Once set, remove all of the straws from the container, wiping away any excess gelatin. Squeeze the worms out of the straws using your thumb and index finger to pinch the straw and squeeze out the worms.
Place the worms onto a sheet pan lined with wax or parchment paper. Cover the worms with plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour or until ready to use.
To serve the worms, create a platter using crumbled chocolate cookies to creat the dirt. The worms will keep at room temperature for up to two hours.