Easy and Fun Worms in Dirt Dessert Recipe

Easy and Fun Worms in Dirt Dessert Recipe

Why did the worm refuse to squirm? Because it had dessert in mind!

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Easy and Fun Worms in Dirt Dessert Recipe

Worms in Dirt might not sound appetizing at first blush, but this playful, edible craft is a delightful treat that brings a giggle to both the young and young at heart. Perfect for themed parties, Halloween gatherings, or simply as a whimsical weekend project, this recipe is sure to be a hit. No real worms are involved in this concoction, but delicious gummy worms hide in a bed of chocolate dirt, creating a fun surprise for anyone daring enough to dig in. Let's get squirming into this easy-to-make recipe!


  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) of instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 cups of cold milk
  • 1 package (8 ounces) of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup of butter, softened
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 container (12 ounces) of whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 package (14.3 ounces) of chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos)
  • 1 package of gummy worms
  • Optional: plastic flowers or edible flowers for decoration


  1. Begin by making the pudding layer. In a large bowl, whisk together the instant chocolate pudding mix and cold milk. Follow the package instructions for setting time, usually around 5 minutes.
  2. While the pudding sets, let's make the cream layer. In another bowl, cream together the softened cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar until smooth and well combined. Gently fold in the whipped topping until the mixture is uniform.
  3. Next, let's prepare our dirt. Place the chocolate sandwich cookies in a ziplock bag, and crush them into fine crumbs using a rolling pin. You want the texture to resemble soil; it’s okay if there are a few larger pieces for added texture.
  4. In a clear serving dish or individual cups, start layering your dessert. Begin with a layer of the chocolate cookie crumbs, followed by the cream cheese mixture, and then a layer of chocolate pudding. Repeat the layers until all components are used, finishing with a layer of cookie crumbs on top.
  5. Now, for the fun part: adding your worms. Poke several gummy worms into the top layer of cookie crumbs, allowing some to stick out as if they are emerging from the soil.
  6. Refrigerate the dessert for at least one hour to set completely. This also gives the flavors a chance to meld together beautifully.
  7. Before serving, you can add additional decorations if desired, such as plastic flowers to make it look like a potted plant or edible flowers for a natural, whimsical touch.

And there you have it - a squirm-worthy Worms in Dirt Dessert that's as fun to make as it is to eat. This treat is sure to be the talking point of any gathering, and the best part is, it's deliciously simple to whip up. Whether you're a kid or just a kid at heart, digging into this dessert is a delightful adventure.

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