These super easy pudding dirt cups are the perfect no-bake, individual serving treat that everyone is sure to love. You only need five ingredients and about 10 minutes to whip up a batch of these delicious, chocolatey desserts.
These easy Oreo pudding dirt cups are you very simple layered dessert. They are made of crushed Oreo cookies, gummy worms, chocolate instant pudding, milk and whipped topping.
They are creamy, a little crunchy and full of chocolate flavor. They're a perfect sized individual serving dessert. And, as an extra bonus there's no baking required.
These are perfect for kids parties and kids will love to help put them together and decorate them on their own. They also work well for any Halloween get together (just like this fun Halloween Bento Box Cake). Of course, their chocolatey and delicious and can be served anytime you desire.
If you're looking for a fruity version of a layered pudding dessert, you might want to try out this cold banana pudding.
🧁Why To Try This Recipe
So easy- these dessert cups are so easy to make. They are an easy no bake dessert. You can get them layered together and ready to eat in about 10 minutes.
Only five ingredients- They only take five simple ingredients to make these individual desserts. All of which are simple and not too expensive.
Individual servings- these these dessert cups are made as individual servings. This makes them perfect for parties and get togethers where you can just easily hand them out to guests.
- Mixing bowl
- Measuring cup
- Wooden spoon or spatula
- Rocks glasses or other glasses for serving in
- Food processor (optional) or Ziploc bag
- Chocolate instant pudding
- Milk - We like to use reduced fat.
- Whipped topping - Make sure it has thawed at room temperature for at least 20 - 30 minutes.
- Crushed Oreos
- Gummy worms
See recipe card for quantities.
📖Substitutions & Variations
For the recipe we've made here we've used the classic gummy worms and chocolate pudding. However, there are many different substitutions and variations you can do to these dirt cups to customize them for your flavor and occasion needs.
- Use different gummies - instead of using a classic gummy worm you can use sour gummy worms, gummy bears or any other kind of gummy candy you want to top your cups.
- Change up the pudding- chocolate pudding is usually the go-to for these, however, you can use any flavor you like such as vanilla or even banana.
- Make it thicker and creamier - substitute the whipped topping for 8 oz of cream cheese to get a thicker creamier pudding mixture.
- Make a dirt cake. Instead of making individual servings, you can make this as one big cake in an 8x8 pan.
- Make sand cups. Use vanilla pudding and golden Oreos to make this look like sand instead of dirt. You can use gummy fish or other sea themed gummies. Or even Teddy grahams to put on top.
- Birthday themed - Use your favorite flavor pudding and any type of cookie to crumble in the layers. Then add festive sprinkles and a candle in the middle.
- Halloween themed - Add mini pumpkin candies, eyeballs and other halloween-themed treats on top.
- Valentine's themed - Use strawberry pudding and strawberry Oreos. Then add conversation hearts to the top.
- Easter themed - You can use mint cream Oreos for a little green color. And then use mini candy eggs, peeps or other Easter themed candies to add to the top.
If you like Oreo and pudding combinations but don't want to have individual layered desserts, try out this Oreo fluff instead.
Here are the step-by-step directions and process shots so that you can make the perfect putting dirt cups.
Step one: Add chocolate pudding mix to mixing bowl.
Step two: Pour milk into bowl with pudding mix and whisk for 1 - 2 minutes until it is combined and starts to thicken. Let it set for a few more minutes to thicken up.
Step three: Scoop thawed whipped topping into bowl with chocolate pudding. Carefully fold it all together until it is well combined.
Step four: Crumble up Oreos. You can use a food processor. Or, you can put them in a ziplock bag and use the end of a wooden spoon or rolling pin to break them up. You want them in fine pieces.
Step five: Take your glass cup and scoop a few spoonfuls of pudding mixture into the bottom.
Step six: Then add a few pinches of Oreos to layer on top of the pudding.
Step seven: Repeat layering of pudding and Oreos until the glass is filled. Ending with a layer of Oreos. Then, add a few gummy worms to the top.
Hint: as you feel your cups, use a ratio of 2:1 pudding to Oreo crumbs on each layer so that they are not too crunchy with cookie crumbs.
⭐Recipe Tips for Success
- Crushing the cookies- You can use a food processor to crush the cookies. Or, if you want to save having an extra dish to wash, place the cookies in a Ziploc bag and crush them with the handle of a spoon or a rolling pin. Make sure the cookies are finely crushed.
- Whisk your pudding- using a whisk to mix the pudding together will result in its setting thicker and creamier than if you try to just stir it.
- Make ahead- You can make these cups up to a few days in advance. But do be aware that if they set for more than eight or so hours the cookies could become soggy and the gummy worms can be hard from being in the fridge.
- Thaw whipped topping- make sure that the whipped topping is thawed before using, otherwise it is very difficult to fold into the pudding. To thaw, you can sit on the counter at room temperature for 30 - 60 minutes or in the fridge overnight.
These are super easy to make in advance or to store leftovers of.
Storage: You can make these in advance if you want, or store leftovers. Simply put cling wrap over the cup and put them in the refrigerator for 3 - 5 days. Note that the Oreo's will get a little soggy the longer they sit. Also, gummy worms can get quite hard when they are cold.
Freezing: if you want to serve these as a frozen treat, or if you want to store them for longer than a few days then you can freeze these. Simply put them in an airtight container and put into the freezer.
If serving as a frozen treat, it just takes around 3 - 4 hours for it to get partially frozen. If keeping them in the freezer, they can be stored for about 3 months. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
Dirt pudding is made of instant chocolate pudding, milk and whipped topping layered with crushed oreos and topped off with gummy worms.
Dirt pudding can be runny if you overmix the pudding or don't let it set long enough. Make sure to use a whisk and only mix it until it is combined and starts to thicken.
No, you don't have to use brand name Oreos. You can use any kind of chocolate sandwich cookie.
Yes, you can use non-dairy milk and non-dairy whipped topping if you desire.
Easy Pudding Dirt Cups
- Mixing bowl
- Measuring Cup
- Wooden spoon or spatula
- Teaspoon or Tablespoon
- Ziplock Bag
- Rocks glass or other glass
- 8 oz Whipped topping thawed
- 3.4 oz Instant Chocolate Pudding
- 2 Cups Milk
- 10 whole Oreos
- 25 Gummy Worms
- Pour your chocolate instant pudding into the mixing bowl.
- Add in two cups of milk to the instant pudding and whisk together until well combined and it starts to thicken. Let it sit for a few minutes to continue to set.
- Scoop 8 oz of thawed whipped topping into chocolate pudding. Carefully fold it all together until it is well combined.Note: to thaw whipped topping, leave it at room temperature for 30 - 60 minutes, or in the fridge overnight.
- Place Oreos into a ziplock bag. Crush them up by hitting them with the end of a rolling pin or wooden spoon.
- Scoop a few teaspoons of pudding mix into the bottom of your glasses.
- Then, sprinkle a layer of Oreo crumbles over the pudding mix in each glass.
- Repeat this layering until each glass is full, ending with an Oreo layer.
- Add a few gummy worms into the top of each glass.
- Crushing Oreos - you can use a food processor or a ziplock bag and rolling pin/wooden spoon. Make sure that oreos are finely crushed.
- Thaw whipped topping - make sure to thaw the whipped topping before adding it in, or it won't mix well. Thaw it for 30 - 60 minutes at room temperature or overnight in the fridge.
- Don't overmix pudding - make sure to use a whisk and not overmix the pudding or it won't thicken and will become runny.
- Make ahead - you can make this in advance up to about 8 hours without the Oreos getting too soggy. It is best to add the gummy worms at serving because they get hard when cold.
- Storage - if you have leftovers, cover tightly with cling wrap and store in fridge for 3 - 5 days. Oreos may become a little soggy and gummy worms may be a little hard.
- Freezing - you can serve as a frozen treat - pop in the freezer for 3 - 4 hours. Or, store in the freezer for up to 3 months in an airtight container. Defrost in the fridge overnight.