Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Eat Dirt!

When I was a young child and I used to eat dirt with a neighbor friend. I also used to chew on crayons and paper, but that's a story for a different day :-) We used to make mud pies by compacting dirt from around the big trees in the backyard into a pie plate and then watering them down with the water hose. I don't really know what I was thinking back then but no one ever told me not to do it. Were they good? No, not really.

This is a different take on eating dirt that is actually tasty and it's fun for kids to make. In fact my 14 year old brother made these by himself with my supervision of course. He made the pudding while I crushed the cookie crumbs but he assembled them by himself. They're not supposed to be pretty or perfect so just let the kids be kids and get pudding on the side of the cup or spill dirt. There's not a wrong way to do this.

They're fun and they're creepy and they're perfect for kids to make for sleepovers or for parties this Halloween weekend. And the best part is that after you eat the pudding and the chocolaty cookie crumbs dirt you get to slurp on slimy worms!

I took this picture and Aaron said "that doesn't look very appetizing Nana". Well isn't that the point? It's dirt and worms! :-)

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Dirt Cups
  • chocolate pudding
  • chocolate cookie crumbs
  • gummy worms

Layer the pudding into a cup and top with crushed cookie crumbs. Insert gummy worms and eat!

NOTE: I used boxed pudding and Nabisco Wafers, but Oreos would work equally well.

If you don't like chocolate you could easily substitute butterscotch pudding and use graham crackers or gingersnaps cookies crumbs. You can use anything as long as it resembles dirt.

Worms are delicious!

28 comments:

Coleen's Recipes said...

I never ate dirt as a kid (I made my little sister eat it)...sorry sis!! These are SO cute!!!! MUCH cuter than the "cat poop" cookies I just saw on Allrecipes.com (gross!!)

Denise said...

Very cute, Monica :)

thereddeer said...

I think I am going to do something similar to this for our Halloween dessert. Yummy :)

♥peachkins♥ said...

Oh I'm thinkin' of doing the same thing!!!

Raoulysgirl said...

My daughters LOVE this! Also, at Halloween time, you can usually find other gummy bugs to use. Some of them even ooze bug goop!!!

Spryte said...

I've never made these! They look so fun!

Lissaloo said...

I LOVE how you did them in the little ramekins! They are adorable :)

unconfidentialcook said...

Best looking dirt I've ever seen!

Mya said...

Gotta admit. I like this w/o the worms anyday. :) I'm totally jealous of your ramekins. I've been wanting some since forever. Hoping I get some for Xmas.

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Janet said...

Your brother is adorable!

Love the dirt/worms idea!

velva said...

The dirt cakes are great kid treats! Love them! Thanks for sharing.

oneordinaryday said...

I remember eating paper! Weird...

I made this in a (new and clean) sand bucket last Spring for Claudia to take to preschool. We served it with the shovel and everything. The kids loved it.
Have you seen gummy pumpkins? That would be fun too!

Dawn said...

oh lord I was one of those freaks that ate glue...yes yes I know. no no not anymore.
love your dirt girl! LOL

Donna-FFW said...

Such fun.. Ill say it again.. your bro is lucky to have you! XXOO.

Ingrid said...

Ew, did you really eat dirt? I was totally one of those prissy girls that didn't like to get dirty. I don't really remember but that's what I was told and I still hate for my hands to be dirty. :)

Yup, this dose look like the perfect recipe for the kids to make. As I sit here and type I'm thinking Babygirl could do this all herself for her classmates with me working on the other desserts!! If she lets them the twins could even help! I'm gonna have to re-think things.

Aaron's a little cutie, isn't he?!
~ingrid

Wanda said...

What a great idea for a kids treat. So quick and easy to make. And as someone else mentioned it will make a tasty addition to the Halloween party food.

You have a blog full of fun food and I have really enjoyed reading the different recipes.

Katie said...

These look very fun and you could serve them at a Halloween party. Everyone likes a few worms :)

Selba said...

Hahaha.... Aaron is so cute :)

I love those worms!!! Love how creative you are with the worms and "dirt"

Debbie said...

I never ate dirt but the "dirt" you have pictured is delicious...I'll have some of that!

Brandy L said...

I think as a kid i never ate dirt but after looking at this recipe i may have to "attempt" to eat chocolate dirt. :D

Jane said...

Monica-- This blog is FANTASTIC! I simply cannot believe I've only just discovered it!! Where have I been?? Well, it really is gorgeous and I see so many great recipes I'd love to try. Your photos are stunning as well. Consider me a new fan!

Jane :)

Kristen said...

a classic kid recipe - wonderful!

Mini Baker said...

dirt was my all-time favorite dessert growing up!
-Mini Baker

Karine said...

These look really cute! Thanks for sharing :)

girlichef said...

I love these, too!! Such kiddo fun going on lately :) Mine happen to be squealing in my ear after seeing these this morning, LOL!!

Cookiesntea said...

HAHA I used to do the same thing when I was younger (make mud pies)!! :P

Kerstin said...

LOL, I have a picture of my hubby with dirt all around his mouth with a big smile on his face when he was about 3. He claims he never ate dirt and was just hamming it up for the picture, but I don't believe him.

I LOVE dirt pie, it was my favorite dessert to make when I was a Girl Scout - yours looks great!

bella said...

Monica, These treats look so good and so much fun on top! Gosh, I'm glad that I was not the only little girl who made mud pies outside! But I think that I only pretended to eat them. They always looked so good didn't they? Who knew it was the beginning of such a food obsession for some of us foodie bloggers! Love, Roz

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