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HOW TO: JELL-O Halloween Worm Meringue Brains

What's wiggly, jiggly and delicious? Why, JELL-O worms in a crunchy meringue atop a scary berry sauce!


JELL-O Worms
1 package (3oz/85g) Raspberry JELL-O Jelly Powder
4 tbsp unflavored gelatin
3 cups boiling water
¾ cup heavy cream
90-100 bendable plastic straws, straws extended

Meringue Nests
4 egg whites
Pinch kosher salt
¾ cup sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp white vinegar

Berry Sauce
1½ cups quartered fresh strawberries
1½ cups fresh raspberries
½ cup sugar
2 tsp fresh lemon juice

Cool Whip Dessert Topping, for garnish


1) For the JELL-O worms, combine Raspberry JELL-O and gelatin in a bowl. Add boiling water and whisk to completely dissolve. Set aside for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place an elastic band around the straws and place in a tall container. Pour cream into JELL-O (no need to stir, worm coloring is better without stirring) and pour mixture into the straws. Place container in the refrigerator until firm, about 4 hours. When the JELL-O is firm, your worms are ready to come out. Remove the straws from the container peel away any JELL-O on the outside of the straws. Using your fingers, slowly press from the empty end of the straw until the worm squeezes out. Refrigerate until ready to use.
2) For the meringues, preheat oven to 250ºF. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the egg whites and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer. Using the whisk attachment, whip on high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add ¾ cup sugar, mixing until stiff peaks form. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and ¼ cup sugar. Fold cornstarch mixture and vinegar into egg whites. Spoon meringue onto prepared baking sheets making 6 (3-inch round) meringue circles. Bake for 30 minutes, turn off oven and let cool for 2 hours in closed oven.
3) For the berry sauce, combine strawberries and raspberries in a blender. Remove from blender and press mixture through a fine mesh sieve and pour into a medium saucepan. Add sugar and lemon juice and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently, skimming off any foam. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool until ready to assemble.
4) To assemble, spread berry sauce over a serving plate. Place meringue on top of sauce, top with a heaping spoon of Cool Whip Dessert Topping and pile high with JELL-O worms.

Serves 6