Chocolate “Dirt” Pudding

It’s a cold dreary Monday in NC and I for one, am ready for daffodils, sunshine and flip-flops.  At least there is lots of basketball this week and chocolate, always chocolate!

This is a dessert that will be popular with both the big and little kids in your life.  I think the first time I experienced dirt pudding, complete with gummy worms, was in science class in lower school.  It rocked my world.  Today, I like serving this as dessert because it always makes people smile to see a worm coming out of their glass.
DSC_0197If you’re making this for kids you might want to go more milk chocolate route versus semisweet or you could just use a jello chocolate pudding mix.  Grown-up kids will be fans of the darker, more bitter chocolate taste from semisweet morsels and cocoa powder.  If you want to make these mint chocolate dirt puddings, add a teaspoon of mint extract when you add the vanilla and garnish with mint sprigs. DSC_0155 You could also alternate layers of pudding and cookie crumbles if you love Oreos or throw a few mini-Cadbury or malted eggs on top for a lovely nature scene! 

What to buy (makes 10 small servings):

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 and 1/2 cups half and half
  • 2 and 1/2 cups milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 15-20 Oreos
  • mint sprigs and gummy worms for garnish (optional)

What to do:

  • whisk together sugar, cornstarch, cocoa and salt in a saucepan over medium heat
  • combine cream, milk, and vanilla in a separate bowl
  • pour 1 cup cream mixture into sugar mixture, whisk until cornstarch is dissolved
  • add remaining cream mixture, whisk until smooth
  • bring to a boil, whisking constantly, cook until thick, about 5 minutes
  • reduce heat to low and add chocolate, whisk until chocolate melts, about 1 minute
  • remove from heat and add vanilla and butter, whisk until butter melts
  • divide pudding, pouring or spooning into 8-10 small glasses or glass flowerpot votive candle holders leaving about 1/2 inch of space at the top of each
  • refrigerate until set (which will take about 2 hours)
  • pulse Oreos in a food processor or blender until finely ground and top each pudding with ground cookie “dirt,” and garnish with worms and a mint sprig
  • serve chilled

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