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Rum • Sweet
Creepy Crawly Worm Jello Shots

It’s aliiiiiiiiive! OK, not really, but these wiggly worms look so realistic, they’re guaranteed to frighten anyone with a fear of anything creepy or crawly. Making these critters doesn’t require a special mold; all you need is a jar, bendy straws and patience. If people can get over their disgusting appearance, these worms actually taste like a delicious Rum and Coke-flavored dessert. Serve in a bowl with a spoon, or on a platter filled with crushed-up Oreos to resemble dirt. Be sure to save a few to dangle in front of your most bug-phobic friend’s face, then cackle as they run screaming out the door.

The Essentials

unflavored gelatin
The Details
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.5 Cup Rum
2.5 cups Coca-Cola
3 packets Knox unflavored gelatin
.5 Cup heavy whipping cream
Approx. 100 straws


  • Boil Coca-Cola and add gelatin, stirring until completely dissolved.
  • Add rum, and stir again.
  • Chill in fridge for about 30 minutes. While the mixture is chilling, stretch out bendy straws so that the bendy part is fully extended.
  • Place straws in tall Mason jar or clean milk carton. The higher the container comes up on the straw, the longer the worms will be. You can put a rubber band around the bundle of straws to secure it better if the straws threaten to tip over.
  • Remove mixture from fridge, add whipping cream and stir.
  • Slowly pour mixture into the jar through the straws. Focus on pouring into one straw in the center.
  • Chill in the fridge overnight.
  • Here’s where the patience comes in. Set aside about an hour to remove the worms from the straw molds. Pull straws out from the jar individually, briefly run under warm water to help them release, then use your thumbs to squeeze the worms out into a serving bowl. Squeeze from top to bottom; it’s OK if a few split in half. If this keeps happening, run straws under warm water again.  
  • Return freed worms to fridge to chill, then serve.