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Worms in Dirt Halloween Donuts

These Worms in Dirt Halloween Donuts are an easy hack to store-bought chocolate donuts. Simply top your chocolate store-bought donuts with cookie crumbs and some DIY Jello worms and they suddenly look they’ve been taken from a freshly dug grave!

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Worms in Dirt Halloween Donuts

These donuts are easy to make, but it is a bit time consuming to make the Jello worms. If you’re making Jello Worms for another recipe such my Halloween Graveyard Pudding Cups or Gravedigger’s Milkshakes, then why not add a few to the top of a donut?

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Mostly the time consuming part is waiting on the Jello to set and then getting the worms out of the straws. Oh, and if you make the donuts from scratch, that’s going to take some time, too! But don’t worry, I’ve got a step-by-step guide below on how to make everything. 

Freshly Dug Grave (Worm) Donuts // 13 Nights of Donuts // Legal Miss Sunshine

First, you’re going to need some ingredients to make those worms!

  • bendy straws
  • unflavored gelatin (4 packs)
  • 2 packages of Jello (your flavor choice)
  • green food coloring
  • 3/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 3 cups of boiling water
  • a container to put the straws in – I used a tall carafe

NOTE: do NOT follow the directions on the back of the Jello box to make these, it will mess up your worms.

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And here’s how you make creepy Jello worms:

  1. First, prep your straw by undoing all the bendy parts, put them together in a circle and put a rubber band around them if your container isn’t tight enough, then put them in your tall container.
  2. Start by boiling your 3 cups of water. Once it comes to a boil, remove from the heat, add in your Jello packets and your gelatin packets and stir.
  3. Next, add your heavy cream and 10-15 drops of green food coloring and stir.
  4. Then pour your mixture into the straws. Most will come out the bottom. If you want to prevent that, then put a slice of bread down at the bottom of the straws to prevent the Jello mix from coming out.
  5. Refrigerate your straws for 1-2 hours until the Jello is set.
  6. Then, using the back of a wooden spoon or spatula, slide each worm out of the straws.

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While the Jello sets, go ahead and prep your donuts.

You can either make Bismarck donuts (donuts sans hole) from scratch which you can fill with chocolate custard and top with a chocolate ganache glaze.

Or, you can go and purchase your donuts from the store. No judgement here!

Then, prep your “dirt.” I used some Oreo cookies, put them in a zip lock bag and gave them a good smashing with a rolling pin. Once your worms are done, top your donuts with some “dirt” and worms and enjoy!

Freshly Dug Grave (Worm) Donuts // 13 Nights of Donuts // Legal Miss Sunshine

Freshly Dug Grave (Worm) Donuts // 13 Nights of Donuts // Legal Miss Sunshine

Freshly Dug Grave (Worm) Donuts // 13 Nights of Donuts // Legal Miss Sunshine

Freshly Dug Grave (Worm) Donuts // 13 Nights of Donuts // Legal Miss SunshineFreshly Dug Grave (Worm) Donuts // 13 Nights of Donuts // Legal Miss Sunshine

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