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July 2010
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Recipe: Dirt Pudding Or Dirt Cake With Gummy Worms

Spelled It Gummy Or Gummi: Kids Love Desserts With Gummy Worms





How would you celebrate National Gummy Worm Day (July 15th)?

With a dirt pudding or dirt cake—the dirt being brown cookie crumbs.

But you don’t need to schedule this dessert for the middle of July: Kids love it anytime!

The Dirt In A Box recipe (see photo at right) was created by Ruby Foo’s restaurant in Times Square, New York City (now closed). It’s a no-cook “dirt pudding” or trifle, decorated with Gummy Worms.

You can make the recipe more elaborate, or turn it into a dirt cake, by preparing it in a small casserole or cake pan. Our preference is to use a small, clean flowerpot (we ran ours through the dishwasher).

“Dirt In A Box,” created by Ruby Foo’s to celebrate National Gummy Worm Day.

Another idea: Bake a single layer of chocolate cake and use this recipe as the topping.

Whatever the container, you can add marzipan animals, flower lollipops and other garden-appropriate garnishes. Consider turning the decorating into a fun project for kids, after you’ve made the basic recipe.

Dirt Pudding/Dirt Cake & Gummy Worms Recipe


If serving this recipe to adults, feel free to rename it “Garden Cake.”


  • 1 package Oreo cookies, finely crushed*
    (If you don’t have it, you can process regular table sugar in a spice grinder)
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered (confectioners’) sugar
  • 3-1/2 cups milk
  • 2 small packages instant pudding (vanilla or banana cream)
  • 12 ounces Cool Whip
  • Gummy worms (regular, not sour gummy worms)
  • Flower lollipops and other “garden” decor
    (Buy flower lollipops or see how cleverly McCormick has assembled everyday ingredients into flower cookie “lollipops”)
  • For a dirt cake: purchased chocolate pound cake or a home-baked chocolate layer


  1. Cream together butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine milk, pudding mix and Cool Whip.
  3. Combine cream cheese and pudding mixtures.
  4. Layer ground cookies (“dirt”) and pudding mixture in serving container, beginning and ending with dirt. Decorate as desired; hang a worm over the side of container. Chill 3 to 4 hours before serving.
  5. If making a Dirt Cake, begin with pudding mix, then dirt layer, ending with a dirt layer.

Gummy History


Gummi Bears were first produced by Haribo, a Bonn, Germany, confectioner. Founder Hans Riegel invented the Dancing Bear, a fruit gum made in the shape of a bear, in 1922. It was succeeded in 1967 by what would become known worldwide as Gummi Bears, which would spawn an entire zoo of gummi animals.

Gummi Worms, however, were introduced by Trolli, another gummi candy manufacturer, in 1981. Many Americans choose the more familiar spelling, Gummy Worms—plus Gummy Bears and Gummy Just About Everything.


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