Dirt and Worms–A Fun Recipe to Make With and For Your Kids


If you’re unfamiliar with my blog, you don’t know that my husband is a youth pastor. Unlike lots of youth pastors, we have the privilege of working with all the kiddos at our church — not just the teenagers. We split the young people into two main groups: the 5-12 year olds and the 13-18 year olds. I love both groups. One really nice thing about the 5-12 year olds is that no activity ever flops. They seem to love anything and everything. David and I joke that if he just decided to have them run laps around the church they would still have a wonderful time.

One Friday this past spring, we had the 5-12 group at the church for pizza and games. David’s parents were in town so he asked his mom and me to make “dirt cups” for all the kiddos. They turned out really cute, and the kids (and my husband and father-in-law) loved them. They are perfect for a large group of kids — children at a birthday party, preschool groups, or Sunday school classes would all enjoy eating this fun dessert. It would be a perfect way to get kids interested in learning about bugs too.

dirt cups dessert

If you’d like to make your own dirt cups, it’s really simple. I’ll give you the recipe we used to make 30 (though we only got 27 because we filled the cups too full), but it could easily be altered to make more or less. Here’s the recipe we used (we used this Kraft recipe for inspiration):


-3 family sized packets of instant pudding
-9 cups of milk
-1 16 oz. tub of Cool Whip, thawed
-60 regularly stuffed Oreos, crushed
-1 package of gummy worms


Make the pudding according to package directions (use a huge bowl—this is a lot of pudding). Let it set for a few minutes and mix in the Cool Whip. Mix in 2 cups of crushed Oreos.
Spoon the mixture in to clear cups. Top with the remaining cookie crumbs and place a gummy worm on each. Chill for at least an hour before serving.

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