Thursday, July 15, 2010

National Gummi Worm Day!

Today is National Gummi Worm Day!  Jelly Belly is giving a 25% off some of their Gummi Worms today so hurry and click HERE for link.

".....,I think I'll go eat worms! Big fat juicy ones, Eensie weensy squeensy ones, See how they wiggle and squirm!"  Remember that song?  Click HERE to get all the lyrics and you can also listen to it from BusSongs.com.

The 1980s also gave birth to a new gummi character. In 1981, Trolli came out with the gummi worm. The original concept of the gummi worm was to create a candy for children that their parents might find mildly shocking. Since then, the gummi worm has become less shocking and one of the most popular gummi characters. Many characters followed the gummi worm and gummi candies now are available in all shapes and sizes.

Homemade Gummi Worms are much simpler to make than you would think.  Here is one way of making them:

You need:

12 tbsp sugar

1 1/3 cup orange juice

8 tbsp corn syrup

8 tbsp unflavored gelatin

Food coloring, optional

Superfine Sugar for coating

1. Prepare an 8x8 inch pan by wetting it lightly with water.
2. Place gelatin in 1/2 cup cold water to soften for about 5 minutes.
3. Place the juice, sugar (regular not the superfine) and corn syrup in a medium saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves.
4. Stir in the gelatin and continue stirring until gelatin dissolves.
5. At this point add food coloring if desired.
6. Pour into prepared pan and leave until completely set, 4-6 hours at room temperature or 1 to 2 hours in the refrigerator.
7. When set, turn out of pan and cut with a sharp knife into long, thin strips to resemble worms.
8. Roll your worms in the superfine sugar.
Click HERE to get another recipe that makes dual Orange and Raspberry Gummi Worms.  There are many other variations out there!

  • Gummi bears are one of the only, if not the only, type of candy to be turned into a television show
  • Gummi bears were originally called ‘dancing bears’
  • Today, gummi candy is available in a variety of shapes - spiders, watches, hamburgers, pizza, bugs, feet and more. However, bears and worms are the most popular.
  • Red is the most popular color of gummi candy


  1. Give each child a plate with three gummy worms covered in whipped cream.
  2. Give each child a and cup.
  3. RULES: The first child to find the gummy worms using their mouths NOT their Hands and get them into their cup is the winner!
  4. Remember No Hands allowed!!!
I couldn't find a National Gummi BEAR Day date so if anyone know of such thing, please let us know.  

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