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Written by Darci Tomky   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 10:34

Dig in to dirty desserts

If you haven’t had the feeling of sand between your toes this summer, we’ll just have to remedy that by bringing the sand to you. Summer sand pudding is one of the recipes in my dirty dessert collection. Dirty ... as in dirt... Get your mind out of the gutter!

There’s just something really great about eating something that doesn’t look like it should be edible. Especially when you’re a kid.

Dirt cups have been one of my favorite treats since I was a little girl. It’s just an Oreo/chocolate pudding mixture, but it looks like dirt! Especially when you add in some gummy worms, or even pile it in a cute flower pot (a new one, of course). Dig in to this classic recipe from

I’ve only recently discovered a sand pudding recipe from It’s like the vanilla version of dirt cups. Vanilla Wafers make the sand with a pudding mixture layered in between. Depending on how fine you want your sand, use a food processor or crush them in a bag with a rolling pin.

A cheap sand pail and shovel work great, or if you wanted to make individual cups, consider dying the pudding blue, adding Swedish Fish and layering the sand on top with a mini umbrella.

Last but not least, it doesn’t get much dirtier than the kitty litter cake. This thing looks so real it’s scary. Two cakes, pudding and crushed cookies make up the litter, with melted Tootsie Rolls added for authenticity. At least we hope they’re Tootsie Rolls! Serve this recipe from in a new litter box with a new pooper scooper, and you’ll surely succeed in the dirty dessert challenge! Dig in!!

Dirt Cups

1 package (3.9 ounce) JELL-O
chocolate instant pudding
2 cups cold milk
1 tub (8 ounce) Cool Whip
15 Oreo cookies, finely crushed
10 worm-shaped chewy fruit snacks

Beat pudding mix and milk in large bowl with whisk 2 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in Cool Whip and 1/2 cup cookie crumbs. Spoon into 10 (6- to 7-ounce) paper or plastic cups; top with remaining cookie crumbs. Refrigerate 1 hour. Top with fruit snacks just before serving.

Summer Sand Pudding

1 package Vanilla Wafers
3 or 4 Oreos
8-ounce cream cheese
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup powdered sugar
2 small packages French vanilla pudding mix
2 3/4 cups milk
12-ounce Cool Whip

Crush Oreos and Vanilla Wafers in a food processor. In a separate bowl, cream together softened 8-ounce cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar. In another bowl, mix pudding with milk. Add to cream cheese mixture. Fold in Cool Whip. Layer into buckets with sand, pudding, sand, etc.

Kitty Litter Cake

1 package German chocolate cake mix
(plus mix ingredients)
1 package white cake mix (plus mix ingredients)
2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla
pudding mix (plus mix ingredients)
1 (12-ounce) package vanilla
sandwich cookies
5 drops green food coloring
16 Tootsie Rolls
New litter box and scooper

Make your white and German chocolate cakes and instant vanilla pudding according to package directions. Crumble vanilla sandwich cookies in small batches in a food processor. To 1/4 cup of the crumbs, add green food coloring and mix together with your hand, creating flecks of color in the crumbs; set aside. When cakes are cooled to room temperature, crumble them into a large bowl. Toss with half of the remaining cookie crumbs and the chilled pudding, making the cake moist. Put the cake mixture into the kitty litter box. 

Put half of the unwrapped Tootsie Rolls in a microwave-safe dish and heat for about 12 seconds or until soft. Shape the ends so they are no longer blunt, curving the Tootsie Rolls slightly. Bury Tootsie Rolls randomly in the cake and sprinkle the cake with the other half of the remaining cookie crumbs. Sprinkle the green flecked cookie crumbs over the top. Heat the remaining Tootsie Rolls and strategically place them over the top of the cake mixture. Refrigerate until ready to serve with scooper.

Holyoke Enterprise July 31, 2014