Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Jello Worms

David wanted to find a "cool" treat to share with his daycare friends. After seeing a picture of jello worms, (http://www.food.com/recipe/halloween-worms-3092) we decided that was the perfect treat.

Ingredients: 
1 (6 oz) package of grape jello
3 envelopes of Knox unflavored gelatin
3 cups boiling water
100 straws
1 tall, slender container that holds 4 cups of liquid. (I used a tall cardboard container that held whipping cream.)
3/4 cup whipping cream
15 drops green food coloring

Start by boiling 3 cups of water. Add the boiling water to the packages of jello and gelatin. Let cool for for about 20 minutes. Add the whipping cream and food coloring. 

Pull all of the bendable straws so the bendable part is extended. Place the straws in the container.

Pour the gelatin in the straws. (Yes, there will be some gelatin that rests on the outside of the straws.) Place the container in the refrigerator overnight. 

Removing the worms was a little difficult, but the worms looked so realistic, it was worth it! I cut the cardboard container away from the straws and took off the gelatin that settled around the straws. I ran some warm water over the straws to loosen it up a little. 

Then, by holding the top of the straw, I used my fingers to push the gelatin out of the straw into a bowl. I did have to do them one by one, but it didn't take too long.