This Halloween worms in dirt recipe is so much fun. It is a tasty dessert, and the best part is that your kids will have fun helping you make it.
My son has recently shown interest in cooking and baking, so I have been trying to develop treats we can make together. When he told me he wants to be a chef one day, it made my mama heart so happy.
So of course, I have him help me in whatever way he can in the cooking and baking process. I will hold on to these memories of cooking with my son forever. Cooking with others is a wonderful way to come together.
These Halloween dirt pudding cups are perfect for your next Halloween party. It is so fun when Halloween parties have a spooky fun dessert table. You can get so creative with Halloween treats like we do with our Halloween bark.
Mixing the textures of creamy chocolate pudding and crumbs from chocolate cookies creates a great treat with an awesome contrast. An individual-sized mini dirt cake is great for parties because everyone can serve themselves.
Why you should make this recipe
- This recipe is perfect for a busy mom because it takes minutes to make and requires little assembly.
- It is one of the easiest make-ahead desserts.
- This recipe requires simple ingredients.
- Chocolate pudding - You can either buy chocolate pudding cups, use instant pudding cups or make our quick and easy chocolate pudding below.
- Oreo cookies - Putting the Oreo crumbs on top of the pudding creates the look of dirt in this fun recipe.
- Gummy worms - For this Halloween worms dessert, you need the worms! Gummy worms are perfect because they still look creepy but taste super yummy.
How to make this Halloween worms in dirt recipe
Put pudding into jars
First, you need to decide if you are going to use chocolate pudding mix or if you are going to use store bought pudding cups. Whichever choice is perfectly fine.
Grab adorable little cups to make these fun Halloween dirt cups. Fill each cup with 1/4 cup of chocolate pudding.
Top with Oreo crumbs
Top the first chocolate pudding layer with fine crumbs of Oreos. You can crumble the cookies up in your hands, put them in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush them up, or use a food processor.
This step is great if you want your kids to help. Let them crumble up the cookies and put the first dirt layer in the individual cups.
Add more layers
Add another 1/4 cup of chocolate pudding for the layers of pudding. Having these fun layers really makes the dessert look like dirt.
Then, add more Oreo cookie crumbs to the top of the pudding. I like to make sure the pudding layer is completely covered with Oreo dirt so it looks complete.
Add a gummy worm
Add gummy candies to the top to finish these dirt dessert cups.
Stick the gummy worm partially into the layered dessert to make it look like the worm is in the ground.
Tips for success
- Save yourself time - Make these treats ahead of time so you do not need to worry about assembling them on the day of your Halloween party.
- Use sour gummy worms - Sour gummy worms will shock your guests, making these treats even more spooky!
- Get mini spoons - Because this dessert is served in a smaller cup, you should try buying smaller spoons. It is easier to eat the dessert this way.
Storage and Freezing
Storing - You can absolutely make this chocolate pudding dirt cup recipe ahead of time. Once they are assembled, cover each cup in plastic wrap and store it in the fridge.
Freezing - Pudding will last up to 3 months in the freezer, so you could freeze this treat. I would recommend adding the gummy worm when you are ready to eat the dessert because gummy worms are very hard when frozen.
Ways to enjoy
If you are throwing a Halloween party, you must make these Halloween mocktails. Everyone will love them because of how the dry ice makes them look extra spooky. These drinks pair perfectly with our Halloween charcuterie board also.
For another spooky dessert, try our witches finger cookies. Just like the witch finger snacks, these cookies are almost too realistic. We also have these easy spider cookies, which look like a spider took over your cookie.
For a less creepy treat, check out these gluten-free no-bake ghost cookies. Because you don't have to bake them, they are a good treat to make with your kids.
We hope you have the spookiest Halloween and love these tasty dirt cups. Who knows, you may scare your friends with this spooky treat... And if you need some costume ideas, here are some last minute guy Halloween costumes.
Halloween Worms in Dirt Recipe
- 8 small jars
- 1 1/2 cups full fat milk, divided
- 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup sugar plus 2 tablespoons
- 3 egg yolks
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 8 oreos, broken into small pieces
- 8 gummy worms
- Place 1 cup milk, cream, 1/2 cup sugar and butter in a heavy saucepan or double boiler and cook until butter is melted and milk is slightly scalded
- Whisk together egg yolks and 2 tablespoons sugar in a small bowl and slowly add this mixture to the hot milk mixture, whisking lightly
- Continue cooking for 10-15 minutes on a low heat until mixture starts to thicken a bit
- Whisk reserved 1/2 milk and cornstarch together then add to hot milk mixture slowly, whisking constantly
- Intermittently whisk mixture & continue to cook for the next 10-15 minutes
- Place 1/4 cup chocolate pudding into small jars and top with some crushed Oreo cookie crumbs
- Add the other 1/4 cup chocolate pudding and top with more cookie crumbs
- Finish by adding a gummy worm to the top like it is coming out