Graveyard pudding is a Halloween tradition in our house. We don’t make it any other time of year though the recipe could be adapted for other occasions as well. The recipe is fairly versatile, too. We have even made it with sugar free chocolate sandwich cookies, sugar free frozen whipped topping, and sugar free pudding when there were diabetics attending our Halloween festivities.
The basic recipe that we use for our “Graveyard Pudding” goes by many different names. The first time I heard of it, a co-worker called it mud. She was serving it at a children’s birthday party in red plastic cups, and there were gummy worms on top and dangling over the edge. All of the children loved it. Another friend served the pudding in small, new, flower pots with silk flowers sticking out of the top as a dessert for a Mother’s Day brunch. As for our family, we only make this recipe at Halloween, and it’s always transformed into a graveyard.
Graveyard pudding has been the incentive for our children to return home after trick or treating. Knowing they have a special treat waiting at home makes them more compliant when we say they’ve been to enough houses and have enough candy. This has always worked with our kids, just like the ghoulish Halloween dinner always worked to motivate them to eat something before heading out to trick or treat.
They love to help prepare the pudding the day before, too. We let them crush the oreos in a ziplock bag with a rolling pin. Depending on who chooses to be the sous chef, the cookies may be more, or less, crushed. It doesn’t matter. The whole thing still tastes amazing even if it’s not Pinterest perfect.
We love Graveyard Pudding, and are sharing it here in hopes that it can become a Halloween tradition for your family, too. If not for Halloween, perhaps you can mix up a batch of “Mud” for a birthday party or to “plant” silk flowers in it for a Mother’s Day Brunch.
Have you ever made this pudding or oreo cookie mud? How do you serve it? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
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- 3 cups milk ($0.48)
- 2 (4 serving size) packages instant chocolate pudding mix ($1.86)
- 1 (8 ounce) tub frozen whipped topping thawed ($0.98)
- 1 (14 ounce) package oreos crushed and divided ($1.98)
- 6 – 7 Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies ($0.75)
- Assorted Harvest Mix Candies (Pumpkins and candy corn) ($0.18)
- Combine pudding mix and milk and mix together for two minutes until it begins to thicken.
- Fold in frozen whipped topping until well combined.
- Fold in half of the crushed oreos until well mixed.
- Spread pudding mixture into a 11 X 7 inch pan.
- Sprinkle the top with crushed oreos.
- Cover and refrigerate for one to two hours (or overnight) to allow the cookies to soften and the mixture to thicken.
- Just before serving, stick Milano cookies into pan and arrange as tomb stones. (If you want, you can write RIP on some of them with melted chocolate chips piped through the corner of a snack sized ziplock bag.)
- Place a few pieces of candy corn and candy pumpkins around tomb stones, and you're ready to serve.
The nutrition information for this recipe is calculated based upon a single serving which is approximately 1/2 cup of the “dirt pudding,” or 1/15th of the recipe prepared as above without candy or cookie garnish.
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