Monday, April 22, 2013

Dirt Cups Recipe (Great for Earth Day)

I have loved these dirt cups since I was a little kid.  My mom used to make them and I always thought they were just the coolest thing!  So, today, our Earth day recipe was Dirt Cups! Yum!  The pudding serves as the "mud", the Oreo's as the dirt, and the gummy worms as, well, the worms!

We made a double batch because we brought the to Ben's work, but for a regular sized batch you will need:

2 cups milk
1 package Oreos
1 small tub Cool Whip
Gummy Worms
Clear cups (preferably)

Place 1/2 a package of Oreos in a Ziploc baggie.  If your kids are helping you, you may want to put a few Oreos each in several bags so they can all participate!  Crush them up with your hands or with a rolling pin.  We leave the cream filling in, but you can scrape it out if you don't want the white in there. We crush ours until they are in small pieces or crumbs.  Small chunks of the cookies are okay.


In a bowl, whisk together the pudding, milk, and about 2/3 - 1 whole tub of Cool Whip.  Allow it to set for about 2 minutes to thicken a bit.  Stir again.

Now, in your clear cups, have your little helpers aid you in layering pudding and Oreos until you run out.  We typically are able to make 2 layers of each.  

Finally, top it all off with some gummy worms!  We have also done gummy bugs (I can usually find them at WalMart), which the kids enjoy, too.  Refrigerate until you're ready to eat them!

Note: The Oreos will get soft if these sit for a long time.  We don't mind next-day dirt cups, but if you want your Oreo's to be crunchy, you'll want to wait to make these until just before you want to eat them.

Happy Earth Day!


  1. Wonderful that you are celebrating Earth Day and providing a sweet craft for your children. However, if you really want to do something for Earth Day, why not also celebrate the earth and NOT use disposable plastic cups? There are plenty of other vessels that you can make these cute treats in that are less harmful to the earth. Just a suggestion.

    1. Thanks for your comment. What would your suggestion be for making 50 of these to drop off at a location (where you may not get your stuff back) in something that you can still see the layers?

  2. My first grade teacher brought in the supplies and helped us create our own dirtcup in a recyclable plastic cup. After finishing eating, the teacher had us go over to the sink to clean the cups and then have us put the cups in a recycling bin. If the place that the earthday cups are being made doesn't have easy sink access or recycling bins, companies now make biodegradable clear plastic cups. Thank you for sharing this recipe and for reminding others of the importance of the earth.

  3. Thanks for sharing, I love it!
    I'm going to make it for our preschoolers this year.

  4. How much does this recipe make?

  5. My preschool will be doing this activity Wednesday. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. This makes no sense with plastic cups ...humans are so strange



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