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Easy Halloween Dessert: Worms in Mud Recipe

Updated on September 14, 2014

Enjoy a Ghoulishly Delicious Treat!

As any good zombie worth his or her salt will tell you, worms in mud makes for a tasty, easy Halloween dessert.

Lucky for you, though, you don't have to go into your backyard to serve up this recipe (no tricks!) The kind of "worms in mud" that humans enjoy is actually a concoction of gummy worms (or other gummy insects of your choice) served in chocolate pudding. It's a super simple dessert to make, which makes it perfect for Halloween night when you've got trick-or-treating to do (or candy to hand out).

Worms in Mud
Worms in Mud
  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: 6


  • 3 grapefruit
  • 1 package instant chocolate pudding
  • Cold milk (for the pudding)
  • 1 bag gummy worms
  • 1 package chocolate sandwich cookies
  • crushed (optional)


  1. Cut each grapefruit in half with a sharp knife. If children are helping, make sure to supervise.
  2. Using a small knife, make a cut between the fruit and the rind of each grapefruit half, being careful not to poke any holes. Then, make several crosswise cuts. This will make the fruit easier to remove.
  3. Scrape the fruit out of the rind with a spoon. Save and use for fruit salad, if desired.
  4. Place the empty grapefruit halves on a tray that will fit in your refrigerator.
  5. Prepare the chocolate pudding according to the package directions.
  6. Divide pudding among the six grapefruit halves.
  7. Place the desired number of gummy worms into each serving.
  8. Sprinkle the tops with crushed chocolate sandwich cookies, if desired.
  9. Cool until pudding is set, then serve to your delighted ghouls and goblins!
  10. Image by Tyrannosaurus Becs on Flickr.
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Easy Halloween Dessert: More Ideas - Things to Put in Your Worms in Mud

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Adding Pizzazz to Your Mud

Want to make your worms in mud even more exciting? Consider adding in some of the following:

  • Peanuts (just make sure your guests aren't allergic!)
  • Another pudding flavor (add a bit of each to your grapefruit halves, then swirl gently with a knife)
  • Shredded coconut
  • Chopped fruit and berries
  • Chocolate or butterscotch chips
  • Sprinkles
  • Other types of crushed cookies
  • Other types of gummy insects

Worms in Mud make for a great party dessert, because they're super easy to prepare. For an even easier dish, skip the grapefruit halves, and serve in bowls or cups instead. You can even create a sundae-style buffet, where each person can add whatever they want to their own Worms in Mud creation!

An Adorable Worms in Mud Video

Worms in Mud Serving Suggestions

Our family traditionally serves this dish in a scooped-out grapefruit, as the orangish color is perfect for the season. However, there are plenty of other ways to make this dish look as good as it tastes!

  • Carved-out mini pumpkins. If you have time, purchase some small pie pumpkins to use as serving bowls. Best if you have helpers to scoop them out!
  • Dessert bowls. Save even more time by using bowls to serve them in. No scooping required.
  • Halloween-themed bowls. Hit up your local Halloween store or home goods store between August and October to find the perfect bowls to serve this tasty dessert.

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Much Tastier Than Real Worms - (Unless You're a Bird - or a Zombie!)

Real Worms in Mud
Real Worms in Mud

Image by edmittance on Flickr.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Very creepy looking and very cool looking at the same time-- thanks for sharing, it's going to look great on the dessert table at the party.

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      wrapitup4me 5 years ago

      These are good and disgusting.

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      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      @shellys-space: Thanks! I didn't even realize :)

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      Shelly Sellers 6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      My son would adore the worms in mud dessert! Contrats on being selected for 80 Ghoulishly Delicious Halloween Recipes and Party Ideas!

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      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      @kimbesa2: Haha, you're welcome. I can't vouch for the real worms, I think I'll stick to gummy for now!

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      Cannot compare to REAL worms as respects taste...but I'll bet these are good! Thanks!