The first jello shots I ever had, were amazing. Since then I have experimented with so many combinations of flavors. Things like rum with lime jello, strawberry jello and whipped vodka, the possibilities are endless. Let's face it, who doesn't love a jello shot? Who doesn't double take at the thought of partaking, especially when they look like real, slimy, jiggly worms?!?!
1 small package jello any flavor (use whatever color you like) I used Cherry
2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin (usually 4 come to a box)
Food coloring to intensify or grossify the color of jello you are using
1 cup vodka (omit this if making non alcoholic) I used Cake Vodka
1 cup boiling water (2 cups if omitting the vodka)
2 tbsp heavy cream or half and half (optional bit it gives a more real look)
bendy straws, yes they need to be bendy, so sayeth ME! (I got 25 out of this, but could have probably gotten a bit more.)
1 tsp flavoring to match your jello. (I find the flavor weakens when adding all the unflavored gelatin, but this is not required)
Prepare your straws by pulling all of the bendy parts out. You want them to mark the jello so it looks segmented like a real worm. Rubber band them together and with the bendy part closest to the bottom, place in a glass or tall container as small around as possible to make your straws fit as snug as possible. Set aside. In a large glass measuring cup or medium bowl, combine boiling water and jello, mix until the jello is completely dissolved. Add in alcohol, food coloring, flavoring, and mix. Pour mixture over the straws until there is about 1 inch in the bottom of the glass. Freeze for 20-30 minutes until set. This will prevent all of the jello in its liquid form from running out the straws and just filling the glass when you add it all. Make sure your gelatin has cooled, if it is hot, it will melt the "seal" you have made on the bottom!! Now pour the rest of the jello over the straws and refrigerate at least 4 hours to set. When you go to remove the "worms" just run the straw under warm water for about 2-3 seconds. Dry it off with a towel and pinch the end and push the worm out! Wa-laaa! GROSS!!
If you end up with someone else's costume, or are hurling vodka worms, don't blame me. Take 2 aspirin and call me in the morning.
Your "go eat WORMS" Chefwannabe
PS. This would be a fun project with kids in general. OMITTING the alcohol obviously. Worms aren't just for Halloween!