mud pudding springtime treat

When I was in first grade, I attended a tiny little school with fifteen other first-graders, the girls clad in little schoolgirl pleated skirts and the boys in khakis with polo shirts. Of that entire year, I can only remember three things about my first-grade experience.

The first of these memories is the day that Katrina, the mean, loud “party” girl (if you can call a first-grader that) that always wore pigtails and had red rubber bands on her braces (I knew this was trouble) told me that my eyes were “crooked.” We were standing by our cubbies putting our lunch boxes away, and out of the blue, my delicate, insecure first-grade mind was in a state of frenzy. It was scarring. I then ran to the bathroom crying, frantically inspecting my eyes to see what the problem was. What I realize now is that there are always going to be people like Katrina that try to make others feel insecure. Even in my MBA program, I was told – in another Katrina moment, minus the crying – by a twenty-eight year old (see, it doesn’t go away with age), that I “blink an abrnormal amount.” She then went on to ask if I have an eye disorder.

Thank you, Rohini!

The second memory from my first-grade experience was the time logged at the sports field with my best friend watching the two cute twins at my school play tag. We would watch while simultaneously planning our double wedding…it was really irrelevant who married which twin, because either way we’d end up sisters. We were very strategic for six-year-olds.

The third memory I have of first grade was our Earth Day snack booth where I was introduced to the most delicious, fun, creative treat in the world – mud pudding. I thought it was the COOLEST idea to make pudding with oreo crumbs and gummy worms that actually look like mud and dirt… whoever thought of that genius idea clearly knew the minds of first-graders and their fascination with eating snails, dirt, real mudpies, and whatever else we could get our hands on. Clearly this treat had a big impact on me, as I felt the urge to recreate this joyful moment fifteen years later.

Mud Pudding


3 cups of nonfat milk
1 package of Oreos (crushed)
1 package of Instant Chocolate Pudding (Jell-O)
1 package of Cool Whip (I recommend Truwhip, a natural alternative with no hydrogenated oils)
Gummy worms

1. Crush Oreos into small pieces to use as the “dirt” in this yummy muddy treat. You can also buy pre-crushed Oreos, which makes the job much easier!

2. One bicep workout later…you’ll have crushed Oreos that look like this:

3. In a bowl, combine milk with the package of instant pudding. Beat with a whisk for two minutes or until smooth.

4. Let sit for five minutes until the pudding begins to thicken.

5. Mix three large dollops of Cool Whip with about one-third of the Oreo crumbs. You don’t need to be too precise here – you just want enough Cool Whip to form a sticky mixture that holds the Oreo crumbs together.

6. Scoop Oreo and Cool Whip mixture into the bottom of teacups (fill about ½ inch).

7. Scoop pudding into teacups almost to brim. Leave enough room for a thin layer of more Oreo crumbs on top.

8. Sprinkle Oreo crumbs on top of pudding until coated.

9. Add two gummy worms to each dish.

10. Refrigerate for 45 minutes until firm.

11. Serve!

4 Responses to mud pudding springtime treat

  1. Lindsay says:

    Very cute! Looks delicious

    Delighted Momma

  2. Melanie says:

    This was my all time favorite when I was little. It’s about time I made it again.

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