‘Bowl of Worms for the lady with the witches hat on please’.
What is it about Halloween Parties, somewhere along the line you end up closing your eyes and putting your hands into something unexpected and of course the slimier and more slippery it is the louder you scream and the more you enjoy the experience. With thanks to One Little Project for nailing the best of the messiest for a party and a great recipe for wriggly worms
Bowl of Worms
Warning: These are a bit fiddly to make but my oh my the results!
Set aside 45 minutes
You will need:
150 flexible straws
1 packet of raspberry jelly granules
Green food colouring
3 packets of gelatin
This is what you do:
Mix together the jelly and the gelatin in a large bowl according to instructions on the packet
Add 720ml of boiling water
Stir until the gelatin is disolved and then put the bowl in the fridge for 20 minutes to cool down the mixture or until it is lukewarm
Meanwhile prepare your straws by stretching them out between your fingers to make them straight and longer
Put them ‘standing up’ in a jar filling it to capacity so they do not move about
When the jelly mixture has cooled sufficiently measure out the whipped cream (this should not be whipped, still in it’s pouring stage) add a minimum of 15 drops of green food colouring- the more you add the browner the colour will end up.
Transfer the jelly to a measuring jug ideally of a size to hold all the liquid
Add the green whipping cream and stir the two mixtures until they are combined
Now for the tricky bit but arguably the most fun
Very carefully pour the jelly mixture into the top of the straws – pour slowly.
Now you know why you want the straws to be absolutely upright!
Try as you may you will not be able to fill every straw and it will get messy but when it sets it evens itself out
It will likely end up looking like this filled to the top
Put the jar into the fridge for 24 hours to set
Now you need to get the straws out but go carefully with the first few as they are the hardest to remove.
Run each straw under hot water for a few seconds (no more) which allows the residue jelly ‘gunk’ on the outside to wash away. That action is essential.
Starting at the top of the straw where it’s empty, pinch with your fingers to squeeze the straw closed,
and then squeeze out the worm.
You have to squeeze out every single worm! Make sure you give yourself plenty of time for this step as you will be doing at least a hundred.
Little helps can help almost every step along the way except the part with the hot water
Don’t try stuff like rolling pins on large amounts it works for some people and not for others
Look at your worms some have bits of clear gelatin and some jelly – this is exactly what you want on some but not all of the worms
Pour them all into a bowl and you’re ready to get creepy!
Short version of instructions:
- In a large measuring cup combine the jelly and gelatin
- Add boiling water and disolve
- Chill in the fridge until lukewarm
- Stretch out the straws and put upright in the jar with the flexible side nearer the bottom
- Add green food colouring to the cream stir together do not whip
- Pour the green cream into the Jelly mix combine well
- Pour the mixture through the top of the straws until it fills the container. The straws will self level so don’t worry about filling each individual straw
- Chill for at least 8 hours
- Run each straw under hot water for a few seconds
- Pinch the straws from the top down to squeeze out each worm
- If you are making in advance squeeze the worms onto a waxed paper lined baking sheet and store covered, in the fridge until ready to serve them
- The worms can be made up to 2 days in advance
- Find this recipe at onelittleproject.com/how-to-make-jello-worms/