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Halloween Dirt Cups

If you’re nostalgic for these Halloween dirt cups you had as a kid, you’ll love this ice cream version of Worms in Dirt.


  • HIJINX ice cream mix
  • 1 ½ cups half & half or water*
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ oreo cookies, crushed
  • 1 cup gummy worms
Note: For a lighter version use water. For a creamier version use half & half.


    1. Warm the half & half and cocoa powder over medium heat or microwave for 30 - 60 seconds (do not boil)

    2. Using a blender, combine 1 packet of HIJINX ice cream mix with the half & half and cocoa powder. Make sure HIJINX is fully dissolved

    3. Let the mixture rest for 30 minutes on your counter.

    4. After 30 minutes, gently stir in 1 cup of oreo crumbs. Once combined, stir in the gummy worms

    5. Transfer to a freezer-safe container with an airtight lid

    6. Freeze for 3-6 hours. Sprinkle remaining oreo crumbs on top before serving. Enjoy!

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    Dirt Cups of Halloween Past

    No matter the time of year, Halloween treats inspire a certain type of joy and nostalgia. You or your kids may have grown up enjoying these Halloween dirt cups around October. The classroom party was never really complete without them! 

    Maybe your classmates would bring in these tiny plastic cups layered with pudding, “dirt” Oreo crumbles, and gummy worms peeking through the crumb soil. Perhaps they even added a tiny cookie headstone — Milano cookies work well — for the full graveyard effect. One thing’s for sure: this simple, themed Halloween dirt cup dessert was both joyful and delicious. And as an adult, it absolutely holds up! 

    Easy to Make Dirt Cups 

    Traditionally, Worms in Dirt uses chocolate pudding as a base. Pudding, however, isn’t necessarily for everyone — the texture and temperature can be off-putting to some, especially when combined with the textures of cookie pieces and gummy candy. 

    Now, instead of pudding cups, you can make dirt and worms ice cream using Hijinx, half & half — you can use milk, milk alternatives, or water for an icier textured ice cream), cocoa powder, Oreos, and gummy worms. Simply blend Hijinx ice cream powder with warm half & half and cocoa powder. Let your mixture rest for 30 minutes at room temperature, then stir in your Oreo crumbles, then gummy worms. Freeze for 3-6 hours in an airtight container, and then you’re ready to scoop and enjoy. 

    With this recipe, a classic pudding parfait is transformed into a crowd-favorite ice cream sundae with the toppings already mixed in. So for those who aren’t into the pudding cups, this alternative may give them the opportunity to enjoy this delightful treat. 

    Hijinx Your Halloween Bash!

    Adding ice cream to this beloved Halloween dessert is a game changer and a substitution that adults and kids alike are sure to love — and sure to photograph! Whether these Halloween dirt cups are for you or for the kids in your life, Worms in Dirt ice cream will transport you back to classroom celebrations, and the magic of childhood autumn.

    If you’d like to pair your Worms in Dirt with other spooky flavors, try out our Halloween-y recipes like Black Magic, Candy Corn, and Pumpkin Crunch. And if you need a reason to make any of these, try out our Halloween Special challenge on our “Experiences” page. 

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