Remember dirt pudding? That creamy pudding. Those chocolatey cookie crumbs. The fun gummy worms on top.
If you’re like me, it’s probably been about 15 years since you’ve had this child-like concoction. In fact, I forgot all about this treat until I saw an episode of The Chew last week. Carla Hall made dirt pudding as part of their trubute show to the 1970s.
I immediately looked for the recipe online so I could make it myself. Although it looked delicious and received rave reviews from the other cast members on the show, I was disappointed in the ingredients. True, it’s a dessert. But I thought I could swap the butter, heavy cream (2 cups!) and brick of cream cheese for ingredients that are a little more waist friendly.
Here is the version I came up with, and I can’t imagine how it could be any tastier.
Half a 15-ounce package of Oreos
2 ounces low fat cream cheese, softened
1 small package vanilla instant pudding (3.4 ounces)
1 cup milk
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Half an 8-ounce container of light Cool Whip
10 gummy worms
In a large bowl, cream together cream cheese and milk. Add pudding mix and powdered sugar and whip until lumps are gone (Note: I used an immersion blender to make it smooth). Fold in Cool whip. Set aside.
Place Oreos in a large resealable plastic bag. Crush cookies using a rolling pin.
To assemble, place about half the cookie crumbs in the bottom of your serving dish. Next, layer the pudding mixture and smooth out. Sprinkle the remaining crumbs and arrange gummy worms on top. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving.
For a fun party treat, make a big batch of dirt pudding and place in a potted planter decorated with a few fake flowers. For summertime, substitute the Oreos for lemon sandwich cookies and place in a beach pail.
Question: What foods did you love as a kid?