National Gummy Worm Day

Gummy worms should be a food group

The gummy worm was first invented in the 1980s and its uncanny similarity to the creepy crawlies in the dirt made children go crazy. Their main ingredient is gelatin, which is a little weird, but enough added corn syrup and sugar leaves people wanting more. How many people have ever eaten just one gummy worm?!


Gummy worms are not just for eating plain though! While a lot of people seem to be over sneaking gummy worms into movie theaters, there are other inventive ways to add gummy worms to treats.

Take for example the classic “dirt cup.” As unappealing as the name is, people – no matter what their age – can’t deny their excitement for chocolate pudding, whipped cream, crushed Oreos, and a few (at least 5 or 10) gummy worms.

Gummy worms can be used as another party treat – spiked gummy worms, for adults only. Soak them overnight in flavored rum or vodka. Cover the gummy worms with a liquor of your choice and place the container in the fridge for 24 to 48 hours. The gummy worms absorb the alcohol and will expand in size. It’s a new, fun alternative!

There are other recipes that sound good in theory, but the question that comes to mind is how many people actually want to slurp gummy worms through straws when drinking Hawaiian punch? How many people want gummy worm covered cake? What about adding gummy worms to chocolate almond bark?

People use gummy worms for more than just food, though. Shoppers can find gummy worm-printed leggings, gummy worm earrings, and even gummy worm chandeliers! Too far? Bite Squad thinks so, too!