worms & dirt in cups

This is a fun dessert for any time of year but especially for Halloween!

I used Homemade Jell-O worms for this recipe which I thought were super fun because they looked so real!  Keep in mind that if you are making Jell-O worms, they need to set overnight (and can be a little messy to prepare).  If you prefer you can use Gummy Worms to save time (and energy!)!

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Worms & Dirt Dessert!

This is a fun dessert for any time of year but especially for Halloween!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chilling time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 packages (4 servings size) Instant Chocolate Pudding
  • Milk required for pudding
  • 1 ½ - 2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
  • gummy worms or homemade Jell-O Worms (see recipe here)
  • 6-8 small Mason jars or plastic cups (depending on the size you would like your desserts to be)


  • If making your own Jell-O Worms, prepare them 1 day ahead of time.
  • Prepare your cups by lining them up on the counter. Place 1 tablespoon of cookie crumbs in the bottom of each cup and add in one "worm".
  • Prepare ONE box of pudding and quickly divide it between the cups. It sets quickly so you will want to do this fast so it can pour and set evenly.
  • Top each cup with an additional tablespoon of cookie crumbs and another worm. Prepare the second box of pudding mix. Working quickly, add ½ cup of cookie crumbs and stir. Pour second layer of pudding in the cups. Top with additional worms and crumbs.
  • Let set in the fridge for 5 minutes or until ready to serve.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 346 | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 658mg | Potassium: 315mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Calcium: 196mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American



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  1. I just made these today. I didn’t have a container tall enough so put the straws in a loaf pan. They needed a little trim to fit. The jello set right away—must be that the pan was super cold so let the jello set faster. I messed up the color but they look even grosser!!
    I’m serving these to my church as part of coffee hour! Lol