Let your kids eat dirt with these fun & easy homemade Oreo pudding pops! Chocolate pudding, crushed Oreo cookies, and gummy worms turn these popsicles into a delicious and fun summer treat!
I have introduced a lot of the moms I know to the beauty of dirt pudding, totally shocked that they didn't know what it was.
Dirt pudding is chocolate pudding topped with crushed Oreo cookies and a gummy worm. Super fun, super tasty.
Dirt pudding is my daughter's favorite dessert because she can make it herself.
We usually make dirt with sugar free, fat free pudding, so I have absolutely no reservations about her making herself some on the regular.
Since summer is upon us, we decided to give pudding pops a try with our dirt pudding mixture: chocolate pudding pops with crushed Oreos mixed in and gummy worms.
Simple, easy, and fun. It's the perfect summer popsicle.
What you'll need to make dirt pudding pops
The only special equipment you'll need for this recipe is a silicone popsicle mold. I have 2 of them so that we can make 2 different kinds of popsicles at the same time.
- 1 3.9-oz box instant chocolate pudding mix - I use sugar free fat free pudding, but any instant pudding will work.
- 2½ cups milk - Only dairy milk will work in this recipe. Non-dairy milks will not allow the pudding to set up.
- 10 Oreo cookies - For an authentic dirt pudding look, you'll need traditional Oreos, but any flavor will taste awesome.
- 30 gummy worms - I have to be honest a second. I did not love the frozen gummy worms in these popsicles. Allie liked them though, so I left them in for the blog post. If you're making pudding pops for little kids, go ahead and use them. If you're making pudding pops for yourself, maybe use only one per popsicle or leave them out altogether.
How to make dirt pudding popsicles
- Place one gummy worm at the bottom of each popsicle mold and set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the pudding mix and milk together until combined.
- Stir the crushed Oreos into the pudding mixture. Don't let the mixture sit or it will get thick, and it will be harder to fill the molds.
- Quickly fill each popsicle well halfway with the pudding mixture, then take the mold and tap it on the counter to help remove any air bubbles. Push another gummy worm into each well. Continue to fill the popsicle molds almost to the top, then add the last of the gummy worms to each well. Tap the mold on the tabletop to settle all the pudding down.
- Cover and push the popsicle sticks into the molds.
- Place the molds in the freezer for at least 6 hours to harden.
- To serve, run the bottom of the molds under warm water to help release them from the sides of the molds. Place the popsicles in a zippered freezer bag and store them in the freezer.
Dirt pudding pops variations
If you don't want to use chocolate pudding, you can substitute vanilla pudding. Then you can either use the regular chocolate Oreos or the vanilla Oreos to mix in.
The pudding got thick. How do I get it in the mold?
When it's first mixed, you can just pour the pudding into the molds. But the instant pudding will set quickly, so you will need a spoon to fill the molds at that point. Just push the pudding down in the wells with the spoon, tap out the bubbles, and your pudding pops will be great.
My pudding pops got stuck in the mold. What did I do wrong?
Probably nothing. These can be really hard to get out of rigid popsicle molds. (That's why I recommend silicone molds.) They may get stuck because the gummy worm in the middle causes a weak spot. If your popsicle breaks when you try to pull it out, press it back in the mold really hard and refreeze.
If you have a silicone mold, all you have to do to get them out is run some hot water over the bottom of the mold for 5-10 seconds, and then push the pops up from the bottom.
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