Pudding is one of the easiest desserts to make and it’s of the treats that always makes my kids smile. Admittedly, I’m a great lover of pudding too (and ice cream). It’s not just the taste but it’s the smooth texture and the cold temperature that just really makes it feel like you’re eating something special.
Pudding is also one of the easiest desserts to use in other desserts and dress up for any holiday celebration. These Halloween Dirt Cups are one of my favorite ways to plus up pudding.
Dirt cups are a simple dessert to make. Basically, you add some pudding to individual cups or a large dish, add a few gummy worms and top with crushed cookies.
My Halloween Dirt Cups are similar in their simple preparation, but the decorations put them over the top. It’s enough to make any kid, or adult for that matter, exclaim with joy when they see them.
Topping the dirt cups with a chocolate tree and some pumpkin candy takes this everyday dessert to the next level. You can find similar pumpkin candy here and another great option here. Watch the video below to see how I make the chocolate trees for the dirt cups.
I like to make my pudding thicker than average when I use it in desserts. I just feel like it holds up better if there is any weight on it. It also doesn’t get the cookies you may be using along with it as moist and they provide a better crunch. See how I make it in the recipe below!
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Spooky Halloween Dirt Cups
- 12 oz. instant chocolate pudding
- 4 cups of whole milk
- 1 package of Oreo cookies or another dark colored cookie
- 10 oz. of melting chocolate
- Pumpkin candy
- Optional: gummy worms
- Whisk your instant chocolate pudding with your milk until well blended. This will be thicker than normal pudding so it holds up better to any weight and it will hold the chocolate trees in place better.
- Chill pudding for 30 minutes.
- Using parchment paper and a pencil or a pen, use lines to create tree shapes on one side. Place that side you wrote on DOWN on a cookie sheet.
- While the pudding is chilling, melt your chocolate in the microwave. Melt it in 30 second increments so you don't burn it. You want it to be mostly melted. If there are a few larger pieces left you can likely break them up if you mix it all with a fork.
- After the chocolate is melted, add it to a plastic bag or a piping bag with a small tip. I simply used a sandwich bag and cut a very small whole in one corner. You can see it in the video above.
- Take your bag of chocolate and carefully trace your trees. Set aside for about 10 minutes to cool and harden. You can also put them in the refrigerator to speed up the process.
- Remove your pudding from the refrigerator and spoon it out into individual cups. Or, if you're make a larger dessert go ahead and spoon it into a bowl.
- Top with the crushed Oreos and add the pumpkins.
- Using a tooth pick, create a hole in the spot where you want to place your trees. They will be really delicate since the chocolate is thin and you just want to create a little space for them to make it easier when you add them.
- Once your trees have hardened, carefully remove them from the cookie sheet. You can use a spatula if you need to.
- Carefully place them in the dessert in the sport you created and serve!