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Play with Your Food: Jelly Worms – the Healthier Version Homemade

July 21st, 2012 · 1 Comment

Had to share this – from Farmers Pal Facebook page:

Homemade jelly worms, complete with worm ridges. Use bendable drinking straws!

As for a recipe, we tapped the Splendid Table.

Jelly worms (or other figures)

To form worms:
  • 2 boxes flexible straws
  • tall pitcher or milk carton, or other slender container to hold bundles of straws upright
  • 2 rubber bands
  • small-spout funnel or squeeze bottle with nozzle

For homemade fruit gelatin (replacement for named-brand box):

  • 2 cups fresh or good-quality bottled fruit juice or puree (grape, apple, pear nectar)
  • 1 small envelope (1/4 ounce) unflavored gelatin
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (optional)
  • Sugar, honey, maple syrup, or fructose to taste (optional)
Wrap straws into a bundle using rubber band. Straws should stand upright. Level them by tapping on counter. Stand straws in tall container to hold upright. Note: Make sure your container with straws will fit into the refrigerator to set up.
(Alternately, use small plastic candy molds of frogs, bugs, bears, or other figures.)

Make the gelatin: Pour 1/2 cup of the fruit juice into a medium glass bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over it. Let stand for 1 minute.
In a medium saucepan, bring the remaining 1-1/2 cups fruit juice to a boil. Stir the juice into the gelatin mixture until dissolved. Add the lemon juice and sweetener to taste, if desired. Let cool slightly.

Using a small funnel or squeeze bottle with tip snipped, pour gelatin mixture into straws, filling each straw completely. For stability, fill from the center straw outward. Set in refrigerator and chill approximately 2 hours or until mixture is set (test with skewer, if need). Have a bowl ready near sink. Holding straws horizontally, run warm water over straws until “worms” slip from the straws into bowl – about 40 seconds.

Keep refrigerated until serving. (They do not freeze.)

Tags: Kids' Cooking · Play With Your Food · Recipes · Recipes: What's Cooking!

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Will // Jan 21, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Excited to prepare back on this and hoping that I could baked it perfectly

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