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Gelatin Worms (GFDF, Keto, Paleo, Whole30, AIP)
October 31, 2019

Ok, so this is the coolest and most difficult of all the Halloween snacks I’ve tried to make. These gelatin worms are super realistic. Yup, these are so gross. They look just like real worms but are made of gelatin.

Jigglers ain’t got nothing on these slinky little snacks. Watch kids and adults gross out at the sight of these. I love to watch kids chase each other around with these, grossing each other out!

Take them with you to your mother in law’s party and watch her face when you introduce her to this seriously creeped out party food! I dare ya!

These are so real, you can add them to anything. Add them to chocolate desserts to mimic worms in dirt. Or drape them over snacks on a Halloween snack table. You can make them any color you want by changing up the flavor of gelatin you use or what you mix into the gelatin.

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These gelatin worms go really great with shrimp ears, a cold cut meat head meat and cheese platter, severed finger hot dogs, and dead man’s Halloween ribs. All of these are super realistic, this snack table would be so gross and so awesome especially with some really gross decorations and props.

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Gelatin Worms

  • Author: Heather Cooan
  • Prep Time: 8 Hours
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 100 1x


These gelatin worms are the most realistic of all the Halloween snacks out there. They are super difficult to make, but totally worth it if you have the patience.


  • 4 (1/4 oz.) Envelopes Unflavored Gelatin
  • 2 Tbs. Beet Root Powder
  • 3 Cups Boiling Water
  • 100 Flexible Plastic Straws
  • 1 Tall Slender 4 Cup Container (same height as extended straws, empty milk or orange juice carton works great for this)
  • 3/4 Cup Coconut Cream
  • 1215 Drops of Green Food Coloring
  • 1 Rolling Pin


  • In a bowl, combine gelatin and beet root powder.
  • Add boiling water; stir until gelatins completely dissolve. Chill until lukewarm, about 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, gently pull straws to extend to full length; place in a tall container.
  • Blend coconut cream with the lukewarm gelatin mixture. Pour into a container, filling straws.
  • Chill until gelatin is firm, at least 8 hours, or cover and chill up to 2 days.
  • Pull straws from the container (if using a carton, tear carton away from straws). Pull straws apart; run hot tap water for about 2 seconds over 3 to 4 straws at a time. Starting at the empty ends, push worms from straws with a rolling pin, or use your fingers; lay worms on waxed paper-lined baking sheets.
  • Cover and chill until ready to use, at least 1 hour or up to 2 days.
  • Worms will hold at room temperature up to 2 hours.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: gelatin worms


About author

Heather Cooan

Heather is a marketing executive turned nutrition consultant and educator. Heather advocates for informed consent, bodily autonomy, and healthcare authorship. She speaks and writes on nutrition and lifestyle design interventions for health recovery. Heather successfully recovered her health from vulvar cancer, Hashimoto's, and lichen sclerosus. She reversed estrogen dominance, insulin resistance, arteriosclerosis, and fatty liver utilizing a food-as-medicine and integrated clinical treatment approach. Heather is a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner and Nutrition Therapy Practitioner.

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There are 4 comments

  • Mr Costumes says:

    These are a really gross + yummy recipe….I wonder if the younger kids will either be too scared to eat this, or won’t get enough. I’ll see how the little ones like it!

  • Anna says:

    Hi there, I was excited to try these worm look alike jello snacks. I followed the recipe and stretched the bendy straws out as directed and placed them in a tall container (and thought to put a baggie around them so as to help catch any extra jello. I soon found that no matter what I did or which way I stood the straws, the jello liquid would just leak out the bottom of the straws. I now see it just sitting at the bottom of the container. It was frustrating and I feel like I just wasted my time and money on ingredients. Maybe you could have included how to “stopper” the bottom of the straws so they hold the liquid better. It’s a good idea for a scary treat, but a failure..for me anyway.

  • Heather says:

    Hi Anna!

    Sorry to hear these didn’t work out for you. The Jello does leak out of the bottom and the straws end up sitting in a pool of Jello. That’s normal, it’s unusual to fill the straws to the very top. However, to help things you need to make sure the straws are snug in the container. Use a tall narrow container or try using a rubber band to hold the straws together in a bundle.

    Happy Halloween!

  • Sam says:

    I was reading this recipe and was thinking about the problem. Maybe using something like gum stuck through the bottom to block the jello from coming would work. I haven’t tried this recipe yet though.

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