Worms in Dirt Chocolate Pudding

Worms in dirt chocolate pudding is a Halloween classic for a reason: it's delightfully ghoulish and just so happens to be incredibly delicious! Get in on the fun with our from-scratch recipe made with real chocolate milk.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 5 minutes
  • Chill time: 3 hours to overnight
  • Yield: 4 pudding cups


For the pudding:

  • 2 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups cold chocolate milk
  • Pinch of 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 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.

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.

4 Fold in the chocolate: Add the chopped chocolate and stir until the chocolate has completely melted.

5 Chill: Divide the pudding into four 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.

6 Prepare the "dirt": Place the chocolate vanilla sandwich cookies in a large gallon resealable bag. Using a rolling pin, crush the cookies into crumbs. 

7 Assemble: Divide the cookie crumbs over the four pudding cups. Place three 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!