Gummy Worms

On Tuesday, Dr. Nancy Brown posted a gummy worm recipe on the Get Better Health site.  Gummy worms are one of my favorite candies, so of course I had to try making my own.

This is an easy, fun project that I highly recommend for a fun time with kids (if you need an excuse – I’d even recommend it if you don’t have kids).  The original recipe calls for:

  • two small packages of jello (or one large package)
  • two packages Knox unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water

Mix all together until dissolved, pour into a shallow pan, let set, then cut into strips.

We made the two-toned worms pictured above by pouring a batch made with lime jello into an 8×8 pan, eating half once it set up, then pouring half a batch of orange in to replace the lime that had been eaten.  Note that these worms were too thick.  The worms are better (floppier) if you divide this size batch into two 8×8 pans (yes, I checked).

Then we started experimenting.  My favorite:

  • 2 envelopes Knox unflavored gelatin
  • 12 packets zero-calorie sweetener
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

Combine Knox and sweetener in the bottom of an 8×8 glass pan.  Pour lemon juice over to soften the gelatin.  After a few minutes, stir.  Place in microwave a minute or two, until juice boils.  Allow to set.  Cut in strips.  If you use this recipe and eat the entire pan without sharing, it’s a whopping ten calories (and 2g protein).

Next time we go to the store, I’ll buy lime juice and then we’ll try a two-toned lemon-lime worm.