These realistic Jello worms and dirt are the perfect Earth Day recipe and fun project to make with kids! Serve them with an easy dirt cup made of cake, pudding, Oreo cookie crumbs and a mint sprig for the most realistic looking dirt and worms recipe ever!
HEADS UP: There is an 8 hour chilling time with this recipe!
In a medium bowl, combine gelatin and raspberry jello powders.
Add boiling water; stir until gelatins completely dissolves. Chill jello mixture until lukewarm in fridge, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, gently pull the flexible part of the straws to extend to full length.
Wrap together with elastic and cover bottom of the straws with saran wrap/food safe wrap and then cover with masking tape.
Then cover masking tape with more saran wrap and wrap with another elastic. Place in tall glass (so it's a tight fit)
Blend cream and food coloring with the lukewarm gelatin mixture.
Add food coloring until you reach desired color
Pour jello into straw filled container, filling straws. (SEE VIDEO: Jello worms being poured into straws in NOTES)
Keep filling until all of it is gone. Some will go down sides of straws into the bottom of the glass, so don't worry, as long as the straws get filled up. *This is the very best way to do this!
Chill filled straws until gelatin is firm, at least 8 hours. You can cover the tops of the straws with plastic wrap and chill up to 2 days.
Pull straws from container and remove saran wrap and tape. Pull straws apart; run hot tap water on the sides of the straws for about 2 seconds, over 3 to 4 straws at a time (ensuring to keep water away from the inside). * You don't need longer than 2-3 seconds!
Starting at the empty ends, push worms from straws by gently pushing them out of the straw. (See VIDEO in NOTES for demonstration on how to push worms out of straws.)
Lay worms on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Then chill for 20 minutes and serve.
Make pistachio pudding as per package directions
Add cake to bottom of mini planter, pot or whatever dish you are using, dividing cake by number of servings you have.
Then top with pudding, dividing between all 6 cups (or depending on how many you make)
Then top with Oreo cookie crumbs, covering pudding and dividing between all 6 cups (or depending on how many you make)
Dig a little hole in the middle and plant the 'mint'.