Gummy Worms

gummy worms recipe

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  • 4 envelopes gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (optional for sweeter worms)
  • 1 cup cold juice (cran-grape, cran-apple, grape, cranberry, etc.)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons cream or half-and-half cream
  • couple drops red food coloring
  • about 50 large straws (“milkshake straws”)


  1. Find a straight-sided jar wide enough to hold all the straws. I used a wide-mouth 1 quart Mason jar. Place all straws in the jar and bundle them with a rubber band if necessary to keep them upright. Place the jar in an ice water bath at least 2 inches deep. (see video for demo)
  2. Dissolve gelatin and sugar in cold juice.
  3. Add boiling water and stir until gelatin is dissolved and the liquid is smooth and thick.
  4. Stir in cream.
  5. Pour about half of this this evenly into the straws to fill them each about 1-2 inches depth.
  6. Allow to set 10-20 minutes in the ice bath until mostly solid.
  7. Meanwhile, add food coloring to remaining gelatin and stir.
  8. Pour into straws, filling as evenly as possible. Remove jar from ice bath and refrigerate several hours or overnight until fully set.
  9. To remove worms from straws, dip straws into warm water for a couple of seconds, then squeeze from the empty end to slice gummy worms out. If worms do not easily slip out, the straws are too cold. Warm them again in water until they can be easily squeezed out.
  10. Worms can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight plastic container for several days. Spray lightly with a little oil and gently toss to coat them, to ensure that they don’t stick together.)


Store gummy worms in the fridge
Experiment with different juices and food dyes to make multi-colored worms

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