Individual Pudding Dirt Cups

Individual Pudding Dirt Cups

The Spruce / Karen Hibbard

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Chill and Stand Time: 65 mins
Total: 80 mins
Servings: 10 servings
Yield: 5 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
281 Calories
11g Fat
45g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10
Amount per serving
Calories 281
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 141mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 121mg 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.


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"The dessert cups were super easy to prepare, and they were delicious. I used about 16 sandwich cookies to make 1 1/2 cups, and you could always use more if you’d like a deeper layer on top or extra for the filling. The individual cups are a great idea for parties!" —Diana Rattray

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  • 2 cups cold milk

  • 1 (3.9-ounce) package instant chocolate pudding (4 serving size)

  • 8 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed

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

  • 20 gummy worms

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Individual Pudding Dirt Cups ingredients

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

    chocolate in a bowl, whisk

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

    pudding, whipped topping and cookie in a bowl

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  4. Spoon into 10 individual cups.

    pudding mixture in a bowl and in glasses

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

    pudding mixture with cookies and gummy worms on top

    The Spruce / Karen Hibbard

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 two to three days. The cookies will get soggy, but the flavor will still be delicious. Add freshly crushed cookies to bring back some crunch.