An easy Halloween dessert recipe that is fun for kids and adults alike! This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MixInMonsterMash #CollectiveBias
Growing up, we didn’t do a lot with Halloween (particularly anything spooky) but we did enjoy trick or treating in the costumes that my Mom and Grandma made us. When we got home from trick or treating, my siblings and I would sort through our candy and trade our favorite pieces with one another – chocolate anything being the favorite, of course.
It’s often the simple memories and moments that are the best. When I was teaching preschool, this is the time of year we often made the simple treat of “dirt” pudding. It’s so easy but the kids loved it! I decided that it would be fun to take that idea and incorporate some Halloween candy. It’s on sale now and goodness knows, you’ll have plenty to choose from after your kids go trick or treating.
I headed to my local Meijer and picked up some different flavors of Snack Pack puddings. I chose chocolate and vanilla as well as butterscotch because it’s my husband’s favorite. I was surprised to see all the different flavors available now but stuck to the traditional puddings. Did you know that each Snack Pack has much calcium as an 8-ounce glass of milk? I’m all about delicious ways of boosting my calcium!
While I was at Meijer, I also picked up some different varieties of Halloween candy that were on sale. Butterfingers (my husband’s favorite), Reese Peanut Butter Cups and Reese Pieces (some of my favorites) as well as Kit Kats (in dark, milk and white chocolate) and some Hershey’s miniature bars too. I knew what I didn’t use for this recipe idea could be given out to trick or treaters…or to my husband’s 8th grade students.
I came home and set to work chopping up the Halloween candy. I sorted the chocolates out into different bowls.
I pulled out a cupcake holder display for the pudding (which worked great!) and added my bowls of mix-ins around the pudding. I also added a can of Reddi Wip because who wouldn’t want to add a little extra something to their pudding cups?
In a matter of minutes, I had set up an easy dessert treat! Customized pudding cups with Halloween candy mix-ins. Simple but fun! Not only is this a fun treat around Halloween, but I happen to think it would be perfect for a preschool birthday party when you’re looking for a different option than cupcakes.
To set up your Snack Pack Mix-Ins station, just buy whatever varieties of Snack Packs that your family prefers. Then, mix and match favorite Halloween candy. Chop them up finely and put candies out for children to create their own special pudding cup. Add a jar of Reddi Wip if you’re really feeling fancy!
My husband got to be the guinea pig and happily made up his pudding cup from the mix-ins that I set up.
He chose a butterscotch Snack Pack and sprinkled on Butterfingers and Reese Peanut Butter Cups. A tasty combination! Of course, then he topped it off with a bit of Reddi Wip for the final touch.
I decided to go the more traditional route and made up a dirt pudding, just like I did with my preschoolers. Yes, you could make the chocolate pudding from scratch but it’s so quick this way!
Dirt Pudding Cups Recipe
Chocolate Snack Pack pudding cups
Open your pudding cup and stick one or two worms into the chocolate pudding. Crush Oreo cookies and sprinkle over the top of the worms and pudding. Just so you know, one Oreo cookie is enough for one pudding cup. You can crush the cookies individually or put several cookies in a bag and smash them with a rolling pin very quickly. It’s a very easy recipe! Preschoolers always love making this recipe on their own.
You can find Snack Packs on the baking aisle at Meijer, right by the marshmallows and other pudding supplies. Side note: I love how nice and wide the aisles are at Meijer. Plus, everything is labeled so clearly that it’s easy to find exactly what you need!
Also, through the end of the month, Meijer has a $1/4 Mperks promotion on Snack Packs to make this treat even more reasonably priced. Log into your Meijer Mperks account and find the $1/4 coupon by searching for Snack Packs. Meijer also has some other Halloween mix-in ideas to get you thinking creatively here.
Have you made dirt pudding before? Or something similar? I’d love to hear what other ideas you have for creating a fun and easy mix-ins with pudding cups!