Worms are considered a delicacy in many countries. Our friends overseas would rather have their worms fried or sautéed than wriggling around in the soil. Back in the good old U.S. of A, well, a worm is just a worm. Most Americans prefer their worms out of sight and out of mind. So, while America has no desire to sauté or dip these little night crawlers in chocolate, America loves to come up with tasty sweet treats and candies with fun names like “worms dirt dessert” or “dirt cake gummy worms.” These types of treats are made especially for kids and the candies are shaped like worms – of course!
One of the most popular candies for kids today is the gummy worm. Gummy worms are made from edible gelatin and loads of sugar. Gummy worms can be eaten alone or used as part of a recipe to make cupcakes, cookies, and cakes. A popular dessert for these sweet worms is the “worms dirt dessert.” The worms dirt dessert is a novelty cake of sorts, made from ingredients kids love such as Oreo cookies, cool whip, chocolate pudding, and gummy worms. Used mostly for kid’s birthday parties or Halloween, the “worms dirt dessert” has many different versions, but the following recipe happens to be a favorite. Enjoy!
1 bag of gummy worms
1 1/4 lb. pkg. Oreo cookies
1 12 oz. tub Cool Whip (can use chocolate)
2 3 1/2 oz. pkg. instant vanilla or chocolate pudding
1/2 tsp. vanilla
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
3 cups milk
Flower pot (8 inch diameter)
Crush Oreos. Put 1/3 of the crushed Oreos into brand new flower pot. Set aside.
Mix sugar, butter, cream cheese and vanilla. Set aside.
Stir milk and pudding mix together. Fold Cool Whip into the pudding.
Fold pudding mixture and butter-cream cheese mixture together.
Layer the mixture (about 1/3) onto the crumbled cookies. Add another layer of the pudding mixture, then another layer of cookie crumbs. Continue until all ingredients have been used.
Place the gummy worms in the “soil” with their heads poking out. Embellish with decorative pieces like edible flowers or plastic daisies.
Chill for 3 to 4 hours before serving.
For a low-sugar dirt cake with gummy worms, replace the powdered sugar with “powdered Splenda” made from scratch. The following recipe is perfect because dirt cake with gummy worms does not require baking.
Try the following Splenda recipe for powdered sugar:
1 cup granulated Splenda (buy a box of loose Splenda, not the sugar packets)
1 tsp cornstarch
Place the Splenda and the cornstarch in a mixer or food processor. Blend on high speed for one minute until the texture is similar to powdered sugar. The mixture can be stored in an airtight container for up to one month. While Splenda can be used for baking, keep in mind that this particular Splenda mixture is not intended for baking. Click here for Splenda baking tips.
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