Chocolate Pudding Dirt Cups

Chocolate pudding dirt cups with candied worms and cookies are one of the most fun (and delicious!) treats to make. Our chocolate dirt cups feature lots of crushed Oreos and rich homemade chocolate pudding.

Chocolate Pudding Dirt Cups recipe

Worms and dirt aren’t necessarily words that you see associated with food. But when Halloween comes around, all bets are off when it comes to creating spooky food for the kids!

Dirt Cups With Chocolate Pudding: Must-Try Treat!

If you've yet to make worms in dirt chocolate pudding, it's super easy. And here, we're making them extra chocolaty, thanks to a from-scratch pudding made with real chocolate milk.

How to Make Chocolate Pudding Dirt Cups

To assemble, you simply crumble chopped chocolate sandwich cookies (the dirt!) on top of the pudding and place a few gummy worms into the crumbs. Delightfully gross!

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What's the Best Chocolate to Use?

When making chocolate pudding from scratch, pick your favorite chocolate to eat! If you like your chocolate sweeter, pick a milk chocolate or semisweet chocolate. If you prefer a less sweet dessert, go with a bittersweet chocolate or one with a higher percentage of cacao.

Prep for Chilling

When making pudding from scratch, you will end up with “pudding skin" on top of each cup unless you place a piece of parchment or wax paper on the warm pudding before chilling it. Some folks like the pudding skin and find the paper too fussy, while others live for supersmooth pudding. You decide which route suits you best!

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Make Ahead Strategies

When making pudding from scratch, you need to let it cool in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours before serving, but letting it chill overnight is really best.

For this recipe, you can make the pudding up to five days ahead of time. You can even crumble the cookies in a resealable bag and leave the crumbs in the bag until you're ready to make the desserts. Just assemble the worms in "dirt" right before serving them!

Variations of Dirt Cups to Try

If worms aren't your thing—or it's not Halloween, and you want to make these dirt cups for a different occasion—try adding these treats to the top of the cup instead.

  • M&M's
  • Colored sprinkles
  • Chocolate sprinkles (use them in place of the crushed Oreos if you want)
  • Vanilla wafers
  • Layers of whipped cream between pudding layers
  • Animal crackers
  • Gummy Bears
  • Swedish Fish

How to Make Your Own Chocolate Milk

No chocolate milk in the house? No problem. You can make your own for this recipe by whisking 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons of sugar with 2 cups of whole milk. If the sugar doesn't dissolve completely, don't worry. Once you add the chocolate milk to the pan and heat it, the sugar will dissolve.

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From the Editors Of Simply Recipes

Chocolate Pudding Dirt Cups

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 4 servings


For the pudding:

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 2 cups chocolate milk

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 large egg

  • 4 ounces chopped chocolate (about 3/4 cup)

To assemble:

  • 10 ounces chocolate vanilla sandwich cookies, about 20 cookies

  • 12 gummy worms


  1. Combine the pudding ingredients:

    Place the cocoa powder, cornstarch, chocolate milk, and salt in a large saucepan and stir to incorporate the dry ingredients into the milk mixture.

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  2. Cook the pudding:

    Cook on high heat until the mixture starts to boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until the mixture starts to thicken, about 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Temper the egg:

    Place an egg in a large bowl and beat it with a whisk. Slowly drizzle a little bit of the hot chocolate mixture into the bowl with the egg, whisking continuously. Continue to slowly add the chocolate mixture, whisking well, until you've incorporated all of it. The mixture should still be warm.

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  4. Fold in the chocolate:

    Add the chopped chocolate and stir until the chocolate has completely melted.

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  5. Chill:

    Divide the pudding into 4 cups. If you don't want a skin to form, place a piece of parchment paper on top of the surface of the pudding. (Omit if you don't mind the pudding skin.)

    Chill for 3 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.

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  6. Prepare the 'dirt':

    Place the chocolate vanilla sandwich cookies in a large (1 gallon) resealable bag. Using a rolling pin, crush the cookies into crumbs.

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  7. Assemble the cups:

    Divide the cookie crumbs over the 4 pudding cups. Place 3 gummy worms into the cookie crumb layer, making sure to "bury" a little bit of the gummy worm end as if the worm is coming out of the dirt. Serve immediately. Enjoy with a glass of real dairy milk!

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1207 Calories
64g Fat
147g Carbs
15g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 1207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 64g 83%
Saturated Fat 32g 162%
Cholesterol 219mg 73%
Sodium 719mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 147g 53%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 114g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 240mg 18%
Iron 7mg 38%
Potassium 457mg 10%
*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. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.