Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Eat: Gummy Worms

It all started when our kids wanted to eat ...


.... worms.

They were out with Jake and found a bunch of earthworms.... and decided they wanted to eat them. So Jake looked it up and made an exciting discovery. Since worms eat whatever is in the ground, you just have to feed them good food for a day to clear them out, and then they are safe to eat (after a little cooking). So, Jake and the kids tried it out, but "sadly", our worms died during that day, so we couldn’t eat them. 

We decided to try homemade instead.


 1. The first kind we tried were straw gummy worms. Instructables has a great tutorial that we followed: 
2 packs (3 oz) Raspberry jello
1 pkg unflavored gelatin (for extra firmness)
3/4 cup whipping cream
3 cups boiling water
15 drops green food coloring
100 flexible straws (or enough to fill your container)
Tall container (1 quart or 1 liter carton of milk)

1) Combine gelatin in bowl and add boiling water.

2) Let it cool to lukewarm and then add the whipping cream and 15 drops green food coloring.

3) Gather your straws (don't forget to flex them out) and put them in the container. It's important that the straws have a tight fit so the jello stays in the straws. For this reason, a 1 liter carton may be better; you will probably get longer worms since there is a tighter fit. If you have a bigger container, a rubber band around the straws is helpful. Or you could just add more straws to fill the container.

4) Add the gelatin mixture to the straw-filled container and let it set until firm.

5) There are multiple ways you can remove the worms from the straws. You can roll a rolling pin over the straws and squeeze them out or you can hold the straws over warm water. The worms will slip right out.

Our Comments: The whip cream and green coloring help it look more like worms. We recommend finding a tall container and packing it with straws. Don’t try to pour into the straws, just fill the container and submerge the straws. Our first stopper attempt (marshmallow) failed. We then tried a banana, and it did a great job stopping up the straws but air was trapped in many of the straws so they didn’t fill properly.
2. Next. we tried gummy worms made from juice, using In Beta's instructions:

5 envelopes (tablespoons) of unflavored gelatine (Knox is what Wal-Mart has.)
3/4 cup frozen 100% juice concentrate with no sugar added (It’s about half the can.)
It’s so easy. Just mix one envelope at a time into the juice in a pan on the stove over low heat. Stir and stir, but don’t beat it. Once the gelatine is dissolved, I used a squeeze bottle from the cake decorating section of Wal-Mart to squirt the syrup into a mini ice cube tray, but you can use anything for a mold. Then, I put the tray into the freezer for about 10 minutes. After that, they pop right out of the mold! Store in the fridge!

Our Comments:  This one is great because it is less sugary and more gummy (compared to the jello-y feel of the previous worms). We went for the straw technique again to maintain the worm theme.

3. Finally, we tried gummies from dried zucchini. 

Our Comments: We have a general rule of thumb around this house that if you have yellow squash and zucchini squash you should always a.) Bread and deep fry or b.) Parmesan and bake. However, if you need some worms, try dehydrating them. This video calls for candying them (read: lots of sugar). We figured if we are going healthy with veggies, why not try to stay healthier? We took the rest of the juice container from above and simmered the zucchini in that instead of sugar. They are still dehydrating, so we’ll have to give you the update later. :) 

If you try any of them, let us know how it goes! 


1 comment:

  1. Update on the dehydrated worms:


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