Wednesday, March 2, 2011

How to make edible worms

One of the joys of parenting is getting involved in fun projects with the kids.  Admittedly, some projects are better than others. 

E has his monthly book talk at school today and read one of my favorite childhood books, "How to Eat Fried Worms," by Thomas Rockwell.  There is a movie version that I'll have to find and watch!


He drew a picture for his talk.  As we were laughing about how funny it would be to gross out the class with worms, the idea of presenting and eating worms came to mind.  We began exploring our options:  gummy worms - too colorful; fried meat - too labor intensive with possible smelly ramifications.  This is going to be tricky.

We went off to music lessons and I ran to the convenient store.  I roamed the aisles looking for ideas. 
Voila!!  Tootsie Rolls.  We'll try rolling Tootsie Rolls like we do Play Doh.

What you need:

  • Several large Tootsie Rolls
  • Microwave
  • butter knife

What you do:

1.  Place Tootsie Roll (one at a time) in microwave for 10 seconds.
2.  While warm, roll them in your hands making them slightly thicker on one end (head).
3.  Using butter knife, gently add groves to mimic a night crawler.
4.  Make various "S" shapes and let cool on a plate.  They will harden.

This turned out to be lots of fun and I can't wait to hear what his class thought.  He asked his teacher if he could eat fried worms in class and, surprisingly, she said it was okay if I was okay with it.  Tootsie worms, yes!  Real worms, no!  And, yes, this will be added to my Halloween repertoire.

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