Dirt Worm Cups

Dirt Worm Cups are fun and delicious hand-held treats that are perfect for Halloween or as kid-friendly desserts for parties all year! Make these Halloween dirt cups with just 7 ingredients for a lot of fun and a lot of YUM!

Dirt worm cups in single glasses with crushed Oreos and gummy worms, bowl of chocolate pudding with crushed Oreos and gummy worms, on a white countertop.

These Oreo dirt cups are incredibly easy to make and allow you to flex your creativity by topping them with your favorite gummy worms and similar gummy insect sweets! The rich chocolate pudding is mixed with semisweet chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and crushed Oreos. 

Creamy, light, and fluffy with loads of chocolate flavor and texture – you won’t want to miss out!


Dirt worm cups are fun and delicious dessert cups consisting of chocolate pudding, crushed Oreo cookies, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and whipped topping. 

The pudding mixture is chilled in the fridge to thicken and assembled in individual cups, topped with extra crushed Oreos and Gummy worms to resemble worms in dirt! 

This dirt cup recipe is perfect for Halloween parties, although they can also be enjoyed as fun treats for birthdays and other parties throughout the year!

Overhead view of dirt worm cups, bowl of dirt worms pudding, loose Oreos, small bowl of gummy worms and small bowl of broken Oreos, on a white countertop.


Yes! Oreo dirt cups can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days, covered with plastic wrap to prevent the chocolate pudding mixture from absorbing any odors from other foods in the fridge. 

Keep in mind that the crushed Oreo topping will soften the longer that these dessert cups are stored in the fridge.


These dirt worm cups are great as individual hand-held desserts that can be assembled in small drinking glasses or clear plastic cups to get the full visual effect of these fun treats. Serve these dirt worm cups with small spoons. 

You also have the option to serve this dessert as a sweet dip in one larger bowl alongside a platter of cookies, sweet wafers, chocolate-coated pretzels, and fresh fruit. 


I don’t recommend that you skip the chilling of the pudding mixture as this helps to thicken the pudding mixture and soften the crushed cookies slightly.

Overhead bowl of dirt worm pudding mixture topped with crushed Oreos and gummy worms on a white countertop.


  • Use chocolate fudge, butterscotch, or vanilla instant pudding mix instead of the chocolate pudding mix.
  • Homemade whipped topping can be used instead of Cool Whip. 
  • The semisweet chocolate chips can be swapped for dark chocolate chips or chopped nuts, or they can be left out and not replaced with anything else. 
  • Turn this dirt cup recipe into a Dirt Fluff Salad. Add the entire mixture into a trifle bowl and top it with fine Oreo crumbs and gummy worms!
  • Green-colored shredded coconut can be lightly sprinkled over parts of the top of each dirt cup to resemble patches of green grass if you like. 
  • Other types of chocolate cookies can be used in this recipe instead of Oreo cookies. 
  • Create layers in these dessert cups by adding separate layers of chocolate pudding, larger pieces of crushed Oreos, and other delicious dessert layers you can think of, such as crumbled chocolate cake. 
Close up of dirt worms cup, bowl of dirt worm pudding mixture, small bowls of gummy worms and broken Oreos, on a white countertop.


  • The instant pudding can be made and stored in an airtight container in the fridge overnight to assemble these dirt cups the following day. Mix the crushed Oreos into the pudding when assembling these dirt worm cups before serving for the best texture.  
  • Cover the dirt worm cups with plastic wrap when storing them in the fridge to chill. This will help prevent the pudding from absorbing odors from other food in the fridge. 
  • Most instant pudding mixes are gluten-free, but always check the ingredients on the packaging to avoid food allergies.
Bowl of dirt worm pudding topped with crushed Oreos and gummy worms, dirt worm cups, loose Oreos, small bowls of gummy worms and broken Oreos, on a white countertop.

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Dirt Worm Cups

Dirt Worm Cups

These chocolate Oreo dirt worm cups are a rich and decadent dessert, filled with a creamy, light, and fluffy chocolate pudding, loads of Oreos, and a little bit of semisweet chocolate chips for added texture.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 3 - 3.9 ounce boxes chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 4 cups cold milk
  • 16 ounce tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 14.3 oz package Oreos (36 cookies)
  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Gummy worms


  1. Place the Oreo cookies in a large zip top bag and close it. Roll a rolling pin over it to break it up into smaller pieces. You can alternatively roughly chop the cookies with a knife or use a food processor and pulse it into smaller pieces.
  2. Set aside 2 cups of crushed Oreos to use later as topping. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chocolate fudge instant pudding mix with cold milk and whisk it together until it thickens.
  3. Fold in the whipped topping until fully incorporated into the pudding.
  4. Add the mini marshmallows, crushed Oreos, and semisweet chocolate chips. Fold it together with a rubber spatula.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes to an hour for the cream to thicken and cookies to soften.
  6. When ready to serve, top with the remaining crushed Oreos. Enjoy!
  7. To make a fun dirt fluff, top with gummy worms and fine Oreo crumbs.


  • Easy swap out the chocolate instant pudding mix with a different flavor like chocolate fudge, butterscotch, or vanilla.
  • Substitute the Cool Whip for a homemade whipped topping recipe.
  • Instead of semisweet chocolate chips, you can omit it entirely or substitute with nuts.
  • A fun variation of this recipe is to turn it into a Dirt Fluff Salad by topping it with fine Oreo crumbs for the dirt and some gummy worms.
  • This fluff salad can be eaten as is or served as a dip with cookies or fresh fruit.
  • Can be stored for up to 3 days in the fridge.

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