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This chocolate pudding dirt cups recipe combines layers of pudding and crushed Oreo cookies with gummy worms for a fun, delicious, and easy dirt and worms dessert.

worms in dirt

This recipe is great for April Fool’s Day or Halloween. Kids and adults both love it!

Depending on how far you want to take it, you can make these look very realistic or super gross.

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For April Fool’s Day, you can add serve these pudding cups in food-grade small flower pots. (Or simply line regular small flower pots with plastic wrap.) Add a few edible flowers on top and you have a beautiful treat that can look fairly realistic.

Alternatively, you can go the Halloween route and make these dirt cups extra disgusting. The trick is to get gummy worms that look as life-like as possible. Amazon has very realistic gummy worm candy available – it looks disgustingly accurate!

digging into dirt cup with spoon

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s quick and easy with just three ingredients. And this recipe is easy to cut in half or make a bigger batch of!
  • You can use instant pudding or make your own; either way works fine.
  • Kids love making dirt and worms too, so this is a fun project to do together.
  • Worms in dirt is surprisingly delicious!
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The Best Dirt Cups Dessert Recipe

Ingredients

dirt cups ingredients
  • Chocolate pudding
  • Oreo cookies
  • Gummy worms

Step-by-Step Instructions for How to Make Dirt Pudding

how to make worms in dirt dessert
  1. Crush the Oreo cookies.
  2. Spoon some chocolate pudding into serving cups.
  3. And now layer in some crushed Oreos. Repeat the layering so you end up with 2 layers of pudding and 2 layers of cookie crumbles per cup (with a layer of crushed cookies on top).
  4. Decorate with gummy worm candy!

How to Store Dirt Cups

This dirt and worms dessert will stay good for up to 5 days stored covered in the fridge. Note that the cookie crumbs will get softer the longer this sits.

dirt and worms dessert

Tips

  • Crush the Oreos finely. The more you crush the cookies, the more it will resemble dirt and the more realistic this dirt pudding dessert will look.
  • To make it look more convincing, build the parfaits in food-grade flower pots. Or line regular flower pots with plastic wrap.
  • Choose your toppings wisely. You can add edible flowers to make it pretty, or make it look completely disgusting with realistic-looking candy worms like these gummy worms on Amazon.
worms and dirt dessert graphic

Dirt Cups FAQs

Can You Freeze Pudding?

I don’t recommend freezing these Chocolate Pudding Dirt Cups because the texture of the crushed Oreos changes. They have a tendency to get soggy after freezing and thawing!

Can I Use Instant Pudding to Make This Dirt and Worms Recipe?

Yes! You can use any type of pudding you like. You can make it from-scratch, use a boxed pudding mix (instant works well), or keep it really simple and use pre-made store-bought pudding.

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What Other Flavors of Pudding and Oreos Can I Use to Make Dirt Cups?

To make this look as realistic possible, chocolate pudding and regular Oreo cookies work well. The chocolate pudding simulates “mud” and the crushed regular Oreo cookies replicate “dirt”. Hello, dirt pudding!

However, if keeping this looking realistic isn’t a concern, you can use any flavor of pudding and Oreos you want.

worms in dirt dessert

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Chocolate Pudding Dirt Cups Recipe (aka Worms in Dirt Dessert)

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Yields: 8 servings
This chocolate pudding dirt cups recipe combines layers of pudding and crushed Oreo cookies with gummy worms for a fun, delicious, and easy dirt and worms dessert.

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Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Put the Oreo cookies in a plastic gallon-sized zip-top bag. Crush them with a rolling pin. Alternatively, to get them very finely pulverized, you can use a food processor.
  • Spoon some chocolate pudding into the bottom of each of 8 individual-sized serving cups.
  • Layer in some crushed Oreos.
  • Repeat the layering so you end up with 2 layers of pudding and 2 layers of cookie crumbles per cup (with a layer of crushed cookies on top).
  • Decorate the tops with gummy worm candy!

Notes

  • Instant box pudding mix works fine here. To get 4 cups of prepared pudding, you will need 2 (3.9 ounce) boxes of pudding mix and 4 cups of milk.
  • Crush the Oreos finely. The more you crush the cookies, the more it will resemble dirt and the more realistic this dessert will look.
  • To make it look more convincing, build the parfaits in food-grade flower pots. Or line regular flower pots with plastic wrap.
  • Choose your toppings wisely. You can add edible flowers to make it pretty, or make it look completely disgusting with realistic-looking candy worms like these gummy worms on Amazon.
  • Storage: This dirt and worms dessert will stay good for up to 5 days stored covered in the fridge. Note that the cookie crumbs will get softer the longer this sits. If you want to make it in advance, for the best texture I recommend holding off on adding the gummy worm candy until right before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 303mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dirt and Worms, Dirt and Worms Dessert, Dirt and Worms Recipe, Dirt Cups, Dirt Pudding, Pudding Dirt Cups, Worms in Dirt, Worms in Dirt Dessert

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This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on April 1, 2010. I updated it with more information on April 1, 2022.

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26 Comments

  1. Your worms and dirt look so yummy! This would of been a great treat to make for my nephews who were visiting! I will have to keep it in mind for next time.

  2. I love it! Made these a while back and the kids screamed with laughter and then gobbled it all up!

  3. This looks fantastic! This will be a must-try!!! =)

  4. Andrea @ CanYouStayForDinner.com says:

    Ah such a delicious summery dessert. I love this! Such a cool, creamy treat. And it’s just so adorable to look at too! I find things like this- trifles and such- to be such a great thing to bring to a party because it’s always a hit- love the worms too!

  5. I had this once and thought it was the most fun dessert ever! I forgot all about it until today! Great idea for Easter!

  6. Dawn (HealthySDLiving) says:

    OMG hahahaha I LOVE this! Used to be my absolute favorite dessert as a kid…so fun!

  7. That looks so delicious…..I would love to be a worm to and be inside that cup :) Fantastic.

  8. wooo… this looks dirty, but awesome! I can imagine the mix of texture and intense chocolate! love it~

  9. This was my absolute FAVORITE dessert as a kid. Whenever anyone’s mom brought this into the class for a birthday…I absolutely died and went to heaven. Thanks for bringing back some really good memories! And sharing the recipe!

  10. I used to make this in school when I was little! Only without the whipped cream – that was too complicated for a young ‘un :) I used to eat a ton of those gummi worms. Wow, this recipe really brings me back. Yum!

    Can’t wait to see the Easter recipes!

  11. Veronica M. says:

    I think this is cute. Have you heard of the kitty litter cake? That’s the one I want to try! You crumble up a cake in a new & clean kitty litter box and melt tootsie rolls so you can bend and stretch them to look like kitty poop and you put them on top of the cake! People like to do it for Haloween but it would be good for April Fools too!

  12. deana@lostpastremembered says:

    Ok, not very pretty but I bet it tastes great. When we were kids I used to put string in pancakes and thought it was HI-larious. Boy, your worms and dirt is a lot nicer way to get a chuckle on April fools.

  13. Worms in dirt looks absolutely gorgeous! Brilliant April Fool’s and marvellously tasty :)

  14. I use to make worms in dirt when my kids were small. In fact I’m sure they would still want to eat it.
    Mimi

  15. I haven’t had worms in dirt since I can’t even remember. Adorable and scrumptious! Perfect April Fools’ Day fare!

  16. Very cute :) I really need to make this some time. Happy April Fool’s Day to you.

  17. ah, definitely a fun one. i certainly wouldn’t mind being fooled if this were at the end of it. :)

  18. I think more delicious without the worms! YUM! My brother always used to request works in dirt for his birthday dessert. He was never for the traditional cake ;) I love this recipe, it sounds divine with the heavy whipping cream whipped to peaks….yummmm!

  19. This is one Fear Factor dish I would happily chow down! I like it :-)

  20. kalli@fitandfortysomething says:

    yum! i want worms in dirt-how delicious :)

  21. My kids LOVE worms in dirt!

  22. YUCK! That’s so gross! But I’d happily eat this pile of ‘dirt’ :) Could be a wonderful Halloween treat as well!

  23. sugar plum says:

    Ha ha ha…..so cut……e …nottttttttttt…i’ll take ’em w/o the worms and they sure do look delicious……

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