Friday, September 13, 2013

Vodka Worms

Halloween is fast approaching. It's time to get out all the fun, cute, adorable or like me, break out the creepy costumes and recipes. Well last year, I did just that and created a gelatin worm recipe, this one for adults, to really creep out the party guests. I walked around the room inviting friends to try one of my worms. First of all, most were creeped out by my costume and second, by the worms.  But I had quite a few takers.  At the end of the night, I had some of those not willing to partake come up to me begging for a try.  I was laughing when I realized that most party attendees thought they were real worms that had been vodka soaked.  It was so funny because I never really thought people would think they were real even though I tried to achieve the most real look I could. And apparently...they looked real, almost too real!

Vodka Worms:
(These can also be made kid friendly by omitting the vodka and adding more water
1 pack (3 oz) raspberry jello
1 tsp unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup whipping cream
1/4 cups boiling water
1/3 cup vodka
a few drops of green food coloring
50 flexible straws plus or minus, depending on your jar
A tall jelly jar. The taller your jar, the longer your worms will be.

Combine the jello and gelatin in bowl and add boiling water. Let it cool to lukewarm, add whipping cream, vodka and green food coloring, a drop at a time until the mixture resembles that of an earth worm.
Put your straws in the jelly jar or similar tall jar or container. Make sure the jar is packed with the straws and make sure the flex is pulled on them. That's what gives the realistic look to your worms.

Pour the worm mixture over the straws and let it set until firm in the refrigerator. Give at least an hour until they are firm. To remove worms from the straws, let them sit on the counter for about 10 minutes and squeeze them out by pinching down the straw as you go. You can also hold the straws under warm water and the worms will slip out but it can be a bit messy since your worms may get slightly wet and sticky.

Enjoy! And please eat responsibly.


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