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Halloween Party Foods: How to Make Jello Shot Worms with Vodka

Updated on October 27, 2018
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These slimy Jello Shot treats morph into realistic, creepy looking worms! They will be the hit of your next Halloween Party. Read on for recipe and step by step instructions for how to make Jello Shot vodka gummy worms.

Want to know one of the most unique, creepy treats you can bring to a Halloween Party? Slimy Jello Shot Worms! These are ALWAYS a hit, and it’s ridiculously fun to watch people pose for pictures with them. Even people with bug-phobias enjoy these, once they get a taste.

Here is the basic recipe for Jello Shot Worms, with step-by-step instructions. You can experiment with various Jello and Vodka flavors. Last year I used Black Cherry & Lime Jello, with Coconut Vodka - which was also tasty.

Ingredients and Items You Need for Gummy Worm Jello Shots:

Culinary Items:

1 (3oz) packet of Raspberry Jello

1 (3oz) packet of Lime Jello

3 packets of Knox Unflavored Gelatine (.25 oz each)

1 ½ cups of Flavored Vodka (I used LUX Raspberry)

1 ½ cups of Boiled Water

¾ cup Heavy Whipping Cream

Other Items:

1 Whisk

1 Rubber Band

2 Large Bowls 150 Plastic “Bendy” Flexible Straws

1 Tall Glass or Plastic Cup (that’s about as tall as the straws)

4 Tbsp Olive Oil

Parchment Paper, or a cutting board.

Jello shot worms - look just like the real thing!
Jello shot worms - look just like the real thing!


Start by stretching out the “bendy” part of all your flexible straws. (This helps give the worm its realistic segmented look.)

Next, gather all the straws and place into your tall cup, with the bendy-section DOWN at the bottom of the cup. Wrap a rubber band around the group of straws. You want them to all be closely held together so when the Jello mixture is poured in, it almost completely fills each straw – so that’s why the rubber band is important.

Step 2: WATER

Place 1 ½ cups water into a pan and allow to boil, while you complete the next step.


In a large bowl, combine the following: 1 (3oz) packet of Raspberry Jello, 1 (3oz) packet of Lime Jello , and 3 packets of Knox Unflavored Gelatine (.25 oz each).


Slowly pour the boiling water into the Jello mixture, while stirring vigorously with a whisk.

*In hindsight, I would have added the Unflavored Gelatine AFTER the boiling water, as I didn’t stir fast enough, and it started to clump. The flavored Jello however, dissolves immediately. No worries if the Gelatine does clump a bit – just takes 1-2 minutes of additional whisking for it to dissolve.


Now, pour in 1 ½ cup Vodka, and ¾ cup heavy cream, and whisk to mix. The mixture will end up looking reddish-purple in color. You can also add a drop or two of blue or green food coloring, if you would like a darker brown worm color.


Place the cup containing the straws inside of another large bowl (to catch any spills). Pour the Jello mixture into the straws. It should come close to reaching the top of the cup. I used a very tall cup, so the mixture was about 1.5 inches short of filling the whole thing. Place the cup in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours, to allow the Jello mixture to set.

**These can be made up to 2 days in advance. If you’re creating your worms on the same day of your party, just be sure to allow them 4 hours to set in the refrigerator. Mine ended up staying in straws in the fridge for almost 36 hours, and they turned out fine – so leaving them in longer does no harm.


Take 2 teaspoons of olive oil, and rub it onto the parchment paper or cutting board. This prevents the worms from sticking to whichever type of surface you will be using. Alternately you can oil the sides of a glass or plastic bowl, and place the worms in the bowl.


Now comes the fun part…seeing how your worms turned out!

Remove the rubber band from the group of straws. Pull 5-10 straws out of the Jello Mixture and place under hot tap water for about 5 seconds. Place the straws onto a clean counter top or cutting board.

To remove the worms: Firmly grasp one end of the straw, and pinch your other thumb and forefinger down the length of the straw, to gradually release the worm. If it gives you problems, run the straw under hot water for a few more seconds. The worm will slide out onto the pre-oiled parchment paper or cutting board.


After all the worms have been released, take the remaining 2 tsp of Olive Oil and drizzle it over the worms. Lightly run your hands over them, to make sure each worm is coated. This does not affect the taste of the worms, and allows them to be stored in any type of container without sticking together. It also ups their slime factor!

If you have pre-prepped these a few days before your event, check each day to make sure the worms aren’t sticking together. If they do, simply add another teaspoon of olive oil, and gently coat them.

Place the worms into a Halloween bowl, and you’re ready to go!

© 2018 Ashley Bergin


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      9 months ago from USA

      This is delightfully disgusting! What an amazing addition to a Halloween party!


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