gelatin worms spread out on tin foil

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