Spooky Halloween Worm Dirt Cake

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When I was little, we had some great Halloweens. For instance, there was the time I made my whole family dress up as the cast of Aladdin (I, of course, was Jasmine and my brother was my pet tiger Raja). I apparently was a witch one year and Winnie the Pooh another (I remember eating sand and pretending it was honey – I’m hoping that means I was very very little when this happened).

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But, around middle school and into high school Halloween wasn’t fun anymore. And, unless you are super into costume ideas and very clever, Halloween in college kind of sucks – at least for me anyway. Needless to say, Halloween is my least favorite holiday. It’s basically just a pitstop on the road to Thanksgiving (which is my jam!).

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(But apparently I liked it enough as a kid to have it as a birthday party theme in March)

But I will say that in 9th or 10th grade my friends and I did have a pretty kick ass costume. That was probably the last time I dressed up for Halloween.

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But, in the spirit of the holiday, I decided to make a halloween inspired dessert – dirt worm cake… that is not even cake but rather pudding. This was also my first time making instant pudding… it was like magic. How does it do that? Add milk and poof pudding! Mind boggling.

(I felt it was only appropriate to serve this “childish” dessert in a wine glass)

It’s adorable, super simple, festive, and can be made for a party or just to eat individually (that sounds super lame). Let’s be honest, this is about as “festive” as I can get with Halloween. I just don’t understand the appeal of dressing up or trick or treating unless you are under the age of ten.

Adapted from Kraft recipes

1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) Chocolate Instant Pudding

2 cups cold milk

½ tub Cool Whip Whipped Topping, thawed

1¼ cups Oreo cookies, finely crushed, divided – I bought mini Oreo snack packs

10 worm-shaped chewy fruit snacks

Beat pudding mix and milk in large bowl with whisk 2 min. Let stand 5 min.

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Spooky Halloween Worm Dirt Cake

Stir in Cool Whip and ½ cup cookie crumbs.

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Spooky Halloween Worm Dirt Cake

Spoon into plastic cups; top with remaining cookie crumbs. Refrigerate 1 hour. Top with fruit snacks just before serving.

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Spooky Halloween Worm Dirt Cake

 

* For sand cups, use Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding and 35 NILLA Wafers.

Worm Dirt Cake
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) Chocolate Instant Pudding
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • ½ tub Cool Whip Whipped Topping, thawed
  • 1¼ cups Oreo cookies, finely crushed, divided - I bought mini Oreo snack packs
  • 10 worm-shaped chewy fruit snacks
Instructions
  1. Beat pudding mix and milk in large bowl with whisk 2 min. Let stand 5 min.
  2. Stir in Cool Whip and ½ cup cookie crumbs.
  3. Spoon into plastic cups; top with remaining cookie crumbs. Refrigerate 1 hour. Top with fruit snacks just before serving.
 

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