Dirt Pudding

Let’s make and eat some dirt!

Don’t be scared.

And don’t tell me you didn’t used to eat weird stuff when you were a kid. I know you did.


I know for a fact that my parents have a picture of me, sitting on the beach with my chubby chipmunk cheeks full of sand and another shovelful in my hand. Eating beach sand? That’s probably one of the most disgusting things ever.

But kids will be kids. I didn’t think it was gross when I was 2 years old. I was just happy to be sitting near the water and have hot sand to snack on. Ew.


Once I got through the sand-eating days, I moved on to better things. Like dirt. My mom’s dirt pudding – not real dirt….although I’m sure that happened at some point, too.

My mom always made hers even better: she would layer the creamy pudding and crushed cookies in a big flower pot, stick in some gummy worms and a fake flower and it totally looked like a potted plant. The most delicious potted plant ever.


I didn’t have a flower pot to use this weekend, but I had to make this anyway. It’s one of the easiest desserts – ever – and it’s one of my all time favorites. If there was a year that I didn’t ask for a cookie cake for my birthday, it’s because I asked for a huge bowl of dirt pudding instead.

29 years of life and I had never made dirt pudding on my own? What is wrong with me? This was a long time coming.

And yes, yes, yes be ready for some pudding recipes soon. I. am. so. excited.


Mom’s Dirt Pudding

Makes: 10-12 servings


  • 4 cups prepared vanilla pudding (either from a box or homemade)
  • 2 cups prepared chocolate pudding (ditto)
  • 1 package chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed
  • 1 small bag gummy worms


  1. In a large bowl/dish/flower pot OR in single serving dishes, start layering the puddings with the crushed cookies. Vanilla –> cookie crumbs –> chocolate –> vanilla –> cookie crumbs.
  2. Add a few gummy worms to each cookie crumb layer, covering up with the pudding.
  3. Continue to layer until you have used all the pudding and cookie crumbs.
  4. Let the dirt pudding sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to chill before serving.
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  1. Ahhh, dirt pudding is the best! My Mom also used to make it for me all the time when I was little!

  2. Looks so pretty darling. Hope you are having a great summer! Those gummy worms remind me of being a kid again. So fun!

  3. Yeah.. I loved ‘cooking’ dirt, sand and everything else I could find around the yard :D But this one looks more delicious that mine used to be .. :)))

  4. This looks so fun! My boys will think this is just the best!

  5. Ha I definitely did love this stuff as a kid and haven’t had it in far too long! YUM!

  6. This was always my favorite desert as a kid. The gummy worms are the best part! :)

  7. Aw, I used to eat this as a kid. So cute!

  8. My husband asks for Dirt Cake pretty much every year for his birthday. These are such a cute version – and much more reasonable portion size than splitting a whole pie pan between two people! :)

    • yeah…more reasonable, until you eat more than one jar. then it kinda defeats the purpose.

  9. This is seriously one of the best “kid” foods…but honestly, it’s also great for us adults. Clearly. :) Yours looks perfect!!

  10. I’m not sure dirt pudding is a thing over here but I can see why it is so popular with kids, every little boy and girl I know would love this!

    PS I used to put sand in my sandwiches at the beach because I liked the crunch…

  11. Seriously, one of the best desserts out there! :)

  12. These are so fun! I use to love when my mom made these for us!

  13. I’ll eat dirt any day. LOVE this, my friend. So fun!

  14. Yesss, I love dirt pudding!! One of my favorite party desserts, and so fun to make. I’ve never seen it with vanilla pudding, though, only chocolate–I like the variety! My recipe deeefinitely has some Cool Whip in there too. Heehee. Yay for dirt eating!

  15. I used to love “dirt pudding” when I was a kid. I definitely need to do this with my nieces, thanks for the reminder! :)

  16. one of my all time favorite desserts, ever! my sis made it for me for my bday 2 years ago–i need to make again soon!

  17. very fun, i used to love this… and i imagine this version would be much better :)

  18. My girls have never made or eaten dirt pudding. That’s going to change this week. Somethings just have to be experienced.

  19. Brings back memories! The best kids parties had dirt pudding :)

  20. Oh my gosh – I haven’t seen Dirt Pudding in AGES!! Okay, I’m having a serious craving for gummies now. You temptress, you!

  21. Goodness, this post is taking me BACK! I used to love dirt pudding – and who didn’t?! :)

  22. I remember as a kid goin to Mimis cafe and always getting that for dessert. And the n i got to college an it was the cheapest dessert i could make!

  23. I’ve never had this but always wanted to make it. So fun!

  24. Omg I used to *love* dirt pudding!! My mom never made it but I feel like someone would always bring it to church events! I used to be very particular in the color of gummy worms that were in my dirt cup haha I only liked the blue and red ones!

  25. Love dirt pudding but haven’t had it in AGES. That will have to change soon!

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