Individual Pudding Dirt Cups

Pudding dirt cup

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Chilling and Standing Time: 65 mins
Total: 80 mins
Servings: 10 servings
Yields: 5 cups
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
366 Calories
18g Fat
48g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10
Amount per serving
Calories 366
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 203mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 32g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 88mg 7%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 134mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This dirt dessert recipe is a great cooking activity for kids, as there is no baking or heating necessary, it uses few ingredients, and each kid can customize their individual cup with as much or as little "dirt" as desired.

Made with chocolate pudding, crushed Oreos, and gummy worms, these pudding dirt cups are as fun for the kids to make as they are tasty to eat. Try innovative presentations using ceramic plant pots, or check our variations for other fun ideas.

Use our dirt dessert as treats for Halloween parties, birthday celebrations, or kids' play dates. For larger groups, or for a different presentation, try our dirt cake instead.

If you're looking for some additional delicious Oreo recipes, try an Oreo milkshake.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk (cold)

  • 3 9/10 ounces instant chocolate pudding (4-serving size)

  • 8 ounces whipped topping (frozen, such as Cool Whip, thawed)

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate cookies (sandwich cookies, such as Oreos, about 16, crushed, divided)

  • Garnish:

    20 gummy worms

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Gather the ingredients
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  2. Whisk together the milk and instant pudding for 2 minutes, until pudding is completely dissolved. Let stand 5 minutes to thicken.

    Whisk pudding
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  3. Stir in frozen whipped topping and 1/2 cup of the crushed cookies.

    Stir in frozen whipped topping
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  4. Spoon into 10 individual cups.

    Put mixture in cups
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  5. Sprinkle remaining crushed cookies over the pudding mixture. Top each cup with 2 gummy worms. Chill for at least 60 minutes or until ready to serve.

    Sprinkle crushed cookies over pudding
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  6. Enjoy.

Are Gummy Worms Vegan or Vegetarian-Friendly?

Mist gummy worms and other gummies are made with the addition of gelatin, which is made from the cartilage, hooves, or skin of pigs or other animals, so they are not kosher, vegan, vegetarian, or halal. Look for gummy candies labeled vegan or vegetarian.

Other Fun Ideas and Flavors

You can make your own "dirt" or "sand" cups using other types of cookies and puddings. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Sandy Beach: Use crushed golden Oreos or graham crackers and vanilla pudding. Decorate with little gummy bears "sunbathing" under cocktail umbrellas.
  • Dirty Rainbow: Use food coloring to color vanilla pudding in the colors of your choice. Alternate layers of different colored pudding and crushed cookie "sand." Decorate with colorful gummy drops.
  • Romantic Red Velvet: Use crushed Red Velvet Oreos and vanilla pudding to make individual cups. Mix chopped maraschino cherries onto the whipped topping. Decorate with crushed cookies and red gummy hearts.
  • Dirty Espresso Tiramisu: For an adult version, soak the Oreos in 1 cup of espresso coffee and a shot of whiskey. Use vanilla pudding and make layers in individual cups. Decorate with chocolate-covered coffee beans and unsoaked Oreo "dirt."
  • Parfait-Style Dirt Dessert Cups: Instead of adding cookie crumbs to the pudding mixture, prepare the dessert cups with layers of crumbs between pudding layers.

How to Store

  • Keep your cups chilled until serving time. If you have leftover cups, cover them with plastic wrap and eat within 2 to 3 days. The cookies will get soggy, but the flavor will still be delicious. Add freshly crushed cookies to bring back some crunch.