Need a quick and fun snack or dessert idea for your kids? These Dirt Cups just might do the trick!

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Dirt cups are so good!

let’s make dirt cups

Making this one is so simple and fun. You only need to have a few items to get started.

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dirt cup worm

Such a fun sweet snack to make for kiddos.

Crazy Realistic Dirt Cups Ingredients

Get ready for some real yummy dirt cups!
Get ready for some real yummy dirt cups!

Directions in making crazy realistic dirt cups

Step 1

First, put the Oreos in a large plastic bag and crush them. You want them to be completely crushed so that the finished product really looks like dirt. I used a rolling pin to help crush mine. (If you have a fancy food processor, it would make your life a lot easier!)  

Step 2

Whisk together 2 cups of cold milk with the chocolate pudding mix. Whisk for about 2 minutes or until completely mixed together.  

Step 3

Mix in the Cool Whip and ¼ of the crushed Oreos.

Step 4

Place a small amount of crushed Oreos into the bottom of your container(s), then top with the pudding mixture.  

dirt cup, Add edible decors to make your dirt cups more realistic!
Add edible decors to make your dirt cups more realistic!

Step 5

Cover the top with the rest of your crushed Oreos and decorate as you like.  

Step 6

Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving!

dirt cup, This is my finished dirt cup.
This is my finished dirt cup.

How to serve realistic dirt cups

I made individual Dirt Cups, so I put them in small clear cups. Above is my finished Dirt Cup. These Dirt Cups didn’t last long at my house, and I even made extras.

our experience making dirt cups

The first time I had Dirt Cups was when I was in third grade. I was at my friend Brittany’s house for a day of swimming. Her mom made Dirt Cups for us. She put it in a real terra-cotta planter and put an arrangement of plastic flowers in the center. I was totally fooled. I actually gasped when she dipped a spoon into, what I thought was dirt, and then ate it!

And I can remember actually falling into a fit of giggles with my friend when we realized it was really just pudding and Oreo cookies. Needless to say, it was a big hit for us.

Yield: 5-6 12 oz cups

Crazy Realistic Dirt Cups

dirt cups

Have you ever been fooled by food that looks like dirt? I have! My first dirt cup was so memorable that I had to make a recipe out of it! This super easy and realistic dirt cups recipe will give lots of laughter and giggles on a hot summer day!

Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour


  • 1 package Oreos
  • 1 package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • One 8 oz container Cool Whip
  • Gummy worms, candy bugs or frogs, silk flowers


    1. Finely the Oreos using a food processor or rolling pin. The finer, the better!
    2. Whisk 2 cups of cold milk with the chocolate pudding mix for 2 minutes until smooth.
    3. Add in the Cool whip and 1/4 part of the crushed Oreos.
    4. Put a bit of crushed Oreos into the bottom of your cup, top it with the pudding mixture.
    5. Cover with a layer of crushed Oreos and decorate with gummy worms and other decors.
    6. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes and then serve!

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Did your kids enjoy this fun dirt cup dessert? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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  1. We did these with organic dark chocolate cookies and a homemade chocolate custard. Sooo yummy and no chemicals in it so my son with allergies to food additives can also enjoy.

  2. I made these & it made 10. I used tumbler cups, which were a little large. Maybe next time I’ll use smaller cups & make more.

  3. I was looking for a dirt cup recipe for a Jungle Themed bake sale at my son’s school & these will be PERFECT!

    I would love for you to add your link to my Blog Directory at http”// under the “bloggers” tab, I look forward to reading the rest of your blog.


  4. Hey Jennifer!
    I found this site from a list of blogs / sites that my cousin Stephany Weistling gave me while doing some ghostwriting for her site and came across this post. …What fun!!!
    I actually created a post about it on her site. Just a little link love!

  5. So cute 🙂 My son had one when he was THREE at a party, and he is now seven and still remembers vividly when he “ate dirt”. Such a fun snack! Thanks for reminding me about this….