How to Make Wormy Apples (Halloween)

Thinking gross food? Why not add some "wormy" apples to the list? These are great for Halloween and good for spooking unsuspecting guests. Just be prepared to reassure your guests that they're only gummy worms, not real ones!


  • Servings: 8
  • 8 apples, large
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed firm
  • 1/3 cup apple juice or flat non-alcoholic apple cider
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine (non-trans fat)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg, ground
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 8 gummy worms, extras for garnish


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    Preheat your oven to 180ºC/350ºF.
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    Remove the core from the apples, but leave the stem intact at the top.
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    Mix the chopped nuts and 2/3 cup of the brown sugar together in a small bowl. Using a teaspoon, stuff each of the apple cores with this mixture.
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    Place the apples upright on a baking dish. If you need to, you can lean them against each other so they don't fall over.
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    Combine the remaining sugar, apple juice or cider, butter or margarine and spices in a large saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer and stir it with a wooden spoon until the butter is melted. Once the syrup is hot, pour it into the baking dish around the apples.
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    Put the baking dish in the oven and bake the apples for 30 minutes.
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    Remove the apples and allow them to cool for 10 minutes. Place each apple into a serving bowl. Make a small incision at the top of each apple and insert a gummy worm into each hole. Make sure that the worm dangles clear of the hole.
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    Serve the apples while they are still warm. Add some whipped cream or ice cream, and add an additional gummy worm or 2 in the serving dish.


  • Apples can be cored using either a knife or a proper apple corer.
  • Skip the gummy worms and serve these apples as a snack on a cold autumn day. Add some dried cranberries or raisins to the filling to make them more hearty.
  • Alternatively, you can wrap the apple in plastic wrap and put it in the microwave for 5 minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Paring knife or apple corer
  • Small bowl
  • Teaspoon for stuffing the apples
  • Baking dish
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Serving bowl
  • Whipped cream or ice cream for serving

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