Halloween jelly worms in Oreo dirt and ice cream


A trick and a treat, here’s a jelly and ice cream dessert which looks so gruesome, it’s awesome. Imagine the kids’ faces when you present them with a bowl of jelly worms in delicious Oreo dirt – how deliciously disgusting!

A labour of love, these worms are definitely worth the sticky fiddling about. Make them ghastly and realistic as I have here, or make them colourful and fun, it’s up to you (and best stick with what you think your kids will stomach!).



plastic drinking straws
5 x Oreo biscuits
2 x 85g raspberry jelly
¾ cup thickened cream
2½ tbs gelatine powder
green food colouring
ice cream to serve
3 cups boiling water


  • In a jug, combine the jelly crystals and gelatine powder.

  • Pour in the boiling water and stir until the crystals have dissolved. Set aside for 15 minutes to cool a little.

  • In the meantime, gather your straws and find a tall container which will hold the straws upright and in a snug fit. If using flexible neck straws, stretch them out so they’re straight. Use a few rubber bands to hold the straws together and wrap the bottom in plastic wrap. Place upright in the container.

  • Add the cream to the gelatine mix, this makes the worms opaque. Tint the pink colour with a drop of green food colouring.

  • Prepare to get messy. In a thin stream, pour the jelly mix over the straws. Excess jelly will run into the container, alas this can’t be helped. Put in the fridge overnight or until set.

  • While waiting for the jelly to set, scrape the inside out of the Oreo biscuits and crush them up. Put in a bowl and set aside.

  • Once set, over the kitchen sink, run the outside of the container under a thin stream of luke warm water so the excess jelly and straws can be gently removed. Peel away the plastic wrap and discard the excess jelly.

  • On a clean bench or plate, placing the blunt edge of a butter knife on top of the straw, pull the straw through, pushing the jelly worm out. If the worm breaks, it’s fine, they’ll look all the same when you’re finished!

  • Toss your worms in the Oreo dirt and keep refrigerated between batches of “hatching” the worms. Serve with a scoop of ice cream, cover with your Oreo dirt and a sprinkling of jelly worms. How ghastly and yummy!

Make sure to browse our recipe archives for more great meal ideas and treats to try.

Don’t miss our Chocolate Halloween spider cupcakes recipe and our Halloween mummy frankfurts recipe.





Subscribe to Babyology

Our email newsletters keep you up to date with what’s happening on Babyology.

We also have special newsletter-only offers and competitions that are exclusive to Babyology subscribers.

Sign up below:

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Send this to a friend