Hello ghosts and ghouls! Are you ready for a hauntingly fun Halloween? I have the
cutest, ahem, I mean “spookiest” treat for you today! I am so excited to share these Ghostly Graveyard pudding dirt cups with you!
Oh my gosh you guys, these bring back the memories! My mamma used to make “dirt cups” for my elementary school class every Halloween! If you were a child of the 90’s you might be familiar with this particular treat! Chocolate pudding “mud” sprinkled with crushed cookie “dirt” and topped with a few gummy worms, all served in a festive Halloween themed dixie cup. Sound familiar? Love it!
Halloween was the best growing up in the 90’s. Where I grew up (small town) everyone’s parents brought homemade treats for the class and we were allowed to dress up for Halloween. Each classroom would decorate their room with a theme and at the end of the day all of the classes would have a parade and go check out the “haunted” classrooms and sometimes, at the end of the day, we would have a little dance party in the gym. Then we would run around in our costumes with friends after school until it was time for a Pizza Hut dinner and making caramel corn balls at Grandma’s before trick or treating the night away and passing out after a sugar crash. We had it good, friends. #goodolddays
So I thought, how much fun would it be to take something that was so loved during my childhood and sprinkle a little awesome on it! So these
cute spooky graveyards were born out of the memory of the “dirt cups” of days past. Let me tell you…they are even better! And they are just as easy to make as their predecessors.
How to make Ghostly Graveyard Pudding Dirt Cups
Start by gathering your supplies and decorating materials (full list in recipe below).
You will need:
- mason jelly jars (or clear plastic dessert cups)
- plain chocolate cupcakes (we just baked up a batch from a box mix using our favorite cake mix hack recipe)
- candy melts
- bones and tombstones shaped candy molds
- chocolate mousse frosting (recipe below)
- gummy worms or bug candies
- chocolate cookie crumbs
- plastic decorating squeeze bottle
We tossed the cupcakes in the oven and go to work on our candy melts so that they had time to cool and set up.
We found these awesome candy molds in the shape of bones and tombstones that we used for the decor. We just melted some candy melts and poured them into the molds. How great do they look!
Pro Tip: If you are looking to color your candy melts different colors, be sure to use CANDY coloring. DO NOT USE regular food coloring. Candy coloring is oil-based and regular food coloring, even gels, are water-based. Adding regular food coloring will cause the melts to “seize” which will make the candy melts lumpy and unworkable. 🙁
While we waited for the candy melts to set we whipped up the chocolate mousse frosting and let it cool in the fridge while we crushed our cookies. We used Oreo cookies, but we removed the frosting from the middle so that our cookie crumbs didn’t get “muddy” from all the frosting. But that is also a fun look if that’s what you are going for.
Now that everything is cooled and set we are ready to start building our Ghostly Graveyards…or should I say GraveJARS! We subbed traditional chocolate pudding for a pudding mousse and added crumbled chocolate cake to give it some substance (think deconstructed cupcake!). We also swapped out that old Dixie cup for a mason jelly jar so you can see all of the yummy layers!
We found that filling our jars in the following order worked the best to maximize the layer effect (without everything getting all smooshed together): Chocolate cake + gummy worms + chocolate mousse – repeat once – and top the final layer of chocolate mousse with the crushed cookie crumbs.
This chocolate mousse though…I could eat the whole darn pipping bag. Straight into my mouth. No regrets.
We tucked away some skeleton bones in our top cake layer (instead of worms) for a spooky surprise for the wee little gravediggers who would be snacking on these.
You can keep your graveyard treasures a surprise by hiding them in the dirt or pushing them up to the side of the jar to allow a few to peek through. Look at dem bones!
Add tombstone and more bones on top to complete the look! Ah, I just love how these Graveyard pudding dirt cups turned out!
Travel Tip: You can use the lids that come with the jelly jars for transporting your graveyards. Then just add your decorations on top once you get to your destination (if you are using tall decor that sticks out of the tops of your jars, like the tombstones). Alternatively you can lay some bones or gummy worms flat on top of the “dirt” and close the jars up so that whomever opens them gets a creepy crawly surprise!