Halloween is a the perfect holiday to celebrate with whimsical food and drink. Jiggly, creepy Squirm Jello Shots are just the ticket with a gummy worm lurking beneath the surface of the boozy jello. They can be easily modified for kids too (non-alcoholic option included).
I can’t resist creating some fun, whimsical recipes each Halloween. I have a load of them in the Halloween recipes section and pulled together some favorites for Spooktacular Halloween Party Recipes. Even still I love thinking up new ghoulish creations each fall!
One of the great things about Halloween is that the most loved foods challenge the senses. Ooey, gooey, jiggly recipes that imitate life in a scarier form are usually the favorites. Jello is a star in that regard and what better to make than a boozy Jello shot? These Glowing Candy Corn Vodka Frog shots are freaky but today I’m featuring Squrim Jello Shots.
Squirm Jello Shots are easy to make and add a dash of cringe-i-ness to your party plans. Obviously these are for adults only however you could recreate them without the vodka (substitute water in the same quantity) and kids could enjoy that version.
My favorite way to make them is using small 2-ounce snack/condiment cups with lids easily found at grocery stores or online. I bought them originally for a school project and have found so many uses for them. Jello shots are a great example. They are a perfect size and having lids makes them ideal for having out at a party buffet, easily stacking them in your refrigerator or transporting them. In my neighborhood someone typically offers ‘Trick or Drinking’ shots for parents accompanying ghosts and princesses invariably on freezing Halloween’s eve. How fun would these be for that?!
The directions are simple. Jello is mixed with boiling water, vodka and chilled water. Place a gummy worm in a condiment cup like these or whatever vessel you prefer. Fill with the jello mixture, seal and chill until firm (I chilled mine overnight). The worms are unpredictable. They may lurk under the surface or pop up exposing a tail or grinning smile above the surface!
How to make Squirm Jello Shots:
Squirm Jello Shots
These jiggly, creepy Squirm Jello Shots are perfect for Halloween (and maybe a gardening party) with gummy worms inside. These were made with grape jello to offset the color of the gummy worms but any color jello may be used.
For a NON-ALCOHOLIC version: replace the 2 cups of vodka with water and proceed with the recipe as noted.
The total recipe time will depend on chilling until the shots are firm. The time added for that is a three hour estimate.
- 3 3-ounce packages Grape Jell-O (any color may be used)
- 2 cups Vodka
- 42 Gummy Worms
- 42 Condiment Cups with lids or other vessel may be used
Prepare condiment cups by placing one gummy worm in each one.
In a medium saucepan, bring 2 1/4 cups water to boil. Stir in the jello packages to dissolve. Remove from heat.
Stir in the vodka and 3/4 cup ice cold water. Pour the jello mixture into each prepared condiment cup (about 1 1/2 ounce jello). Seal with lid and place in the refrigerator to set.
Recipe adapted from Pinterest (no original source).