Jelly worms recipe

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Jelly worms are so convincing and so easy, made with a simple pack of jelly mix and some party straws - ideal for Halloween as a snack or cake decoration

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  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins plus chilling
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories4 Kcal0%

How convincing do these jelly worms look? Made with a simple pack of jelly mix and some party straws, these worms are so easy to make for Halloween. These scary jelly worms are the perfect addition to any Halloween treats you're whipping up to have fun with the kids - pop on top of a Halloween cake, pack into your party punch to give it a creepy twist or eat them just as they are. They might look impressive to the little ones but you only need three simple ingredients to make these jelly worms. These jelly worms are also super speedy to make - can you believe they only take 10 mins? The kids are going to go crazy for these easy jelly worms - especially when they get to eat them. This recipe makes 100 worms with just 10 mins hands-on prep time (plus chilling time) so is perfect for Halloween parties.


  • 2 sheets gelatine
  • 135g strawberry jelly, or mix and match your flavours
  • 100 bendy drinking straws




  1. Soak the gelatine leaves in cold water for 5 mins, until soft.
  2. Meanwhile, cut the jelly into small pieces, cover with 150ml warm water and stir until the jelly dissolves. You may need to microwave it for 10 secs at a time to help.
  3. Squeeze the water out of the gelatine and stir through the warm jelly liquid. Pour into a tall, skinny glass and add the straws, bendy end first. Gently weigh down with another cup to make sure the straws don’t lift up. Chill in the fridge for at least 4 hrs or overnight if possible.
  4. Once set, quickly dip the straws into a bowl of warm water to remove the extra jelly on the outside and soften the jelly on the inside. Gently squeeze the bottom of each straw and the worms will wiggle out.
Top Tip for making Jelly worms

Make these jelly worms in advance so they have plenty of time to set before serving.


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