Homemade Halloween Jello Worms

Miranda and I knew we wanted to kick Halloweek off with a bang. While looking through the millions of Halloween pins on Pinterest we both knew we had to find something that would be fun and well… AWESOME! We both came to the conclusion that there would be no better way to start Halloweek than with Homemade Jello WORMS!!!!!!

Make your own Jello Worms


What you need for Jello Worms:

  • 1 pkg. jello (we used red raspberry)
  • 3/4 ounce (3 envelopes) unflavored gelatin
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • green food coloring, as needed
  • 100+ plastic straws with bendable necks

What you do to make Homemade Jello Worms:

  1. Place approximately 100 bendy straws in a large container that is straight up and down or slightly wider top than the bottom. (make sure your container can hold at least 4 cups) Extend each of the straws and pack the straws in as tightly as you can, using a rubber band to hold them together while you pour your jello. (Make sure the bendy part of the straws are facing down into your container)
  2. Mix your jello and your unflavored gelatin in a bowl.
  3. Add that  into the 3 cups of boiling water.
  4. Heat until your jello/gelatin is fully dissolved.
  5. Allow the gelatin to cool for about 15 minutes until it is slightly warm but not beginning to set.
  6. Stir in Whipping cream
  7. Stir in the green food coloring until you get the desired color.
  8. Chill the jello straws for at least 8 hours.
  9. Remove them from the straws,and place the jello worms on a baking tray lined with wax paper and refrigerate until ready to serve.

The Verdict:

I have to admit that these would look way cooler than the typical gummy worms on top of a dirt pudding or cake. While this is an AWESOME idea and I really liked the way the worms turned out, I am not sure that they are worth the trouble if you are making them just for fun. Making them was easy, it was the getting them out of the straws that was hard. Miranda and I tried taking them out with our hands, and after only a few minutes and less than 20 worms we had to try another method. We tried using a spoon to press them out and also a rolling pin to get out more than one at a time. The spoon worked, but our fingers still tired after only a few worms were removed. The rolling pin only squished the worms into jello oblivion.


I am going to call these a Pin Proved It! They worked and looked great, it is only because of our laziness and sore fingers that we had to use drastic worm removal tactics! However, I would only suggest making these for special occasions because they are VERY hard to remove without getting a workout! 🙂

Thanks to Mel’s Kitchen Cafe for the Jello worm Recipe and inspiration

Happy Halloweek!!!



  1. Jess says

    Awesome project! I wonder if there is some way to coat the inside of the straws for easier removal. Thanks for trying this one out for us 🙂

  2. Rinne says

    Great project.. But two things ..1, why is the cream necessary? Or is it just for the look of them. And 2, I had an easy time getting them out.. Hold the tip of straw with tweezers and squeeze the top and just push your hand down the whole straw. Came out in seconds.. No water like other sites suggest 🙂

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