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Chocolate pudding haunted graveyard, we’re not afraid to eat you

The trees in this graveyard pudding are watching you. But don’t be frightened. They’re made of chocolate, and you can take a bite right out of them.

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Graveyard pudding is super easy to make and so much fun to decorate. It’s like a dessert and craft all in one.

Halloween chocolate pudding

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The dirt is made of chocolate pudding and cookie crumbs. And what’s dirt without some colorful candy worms crawling inside and out?

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When served in a martini glass, there is even more graveyard area to decorate. Not only is it spooky-cute, but it tastes good too.

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Graveyard pudding recipe

Serves 4

Prep time: 20 minutes | Inactive time: 30 minutes | Total time: 50 minutes


For the chocolate trees

  • 2 squares Almond Bark chocolate-flavored coating
  • Candy eyeballs
  • Waxed paper
For the graveyard pudding
  • 12 chocolate sandwich cookies, filling removed (for the cookie crumbs)
  • 5 chocolate sandwich cookies, filling removed (for decoration)
  • 4 servings (1/2 cup) prepared chocolate pudding
  • Trolli mini Sour Brite Crawlers (candy worms)
  • Candy tombstones
  • Chocolate trees
  • Candy eyeballs
  • Candy bones
  • Orange and black nonpareil candy sprinkles (or other Halloween candy sprinkles)
  • Halloween cupcake decor on toothpicks
  • 2 teaspoons honey (optional, for use when putting candy worms at the bottom of the glass)

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For the chocolate trees

  1. Put a large piece of waxed paper on a large plate.
  2. Melt the chocolate coating according to the directions.
  3. Dip a small spoon into the melted chocolate, and form out 4 barren trees (fairly thick) that are about 3 inches high.
  4. While the chocolate is still soft, add candy eyeballs randomly in the trees.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour.
  6. Carefully peel the waxed paper from the chocolate trees just before decorating the graveyard pudding.
For the graveyard pudding
  1. To a small food processor, add the cookies, and grind them into crumbs. Set aside.
  2. In the serving glasses, lay some of the candy worms at the bottom along the sides so they can be seen. If the serving glasses are slanted (like a martini glass), dab a side of the candy worms with honey, and stick them to the bottom sides of the glass. They should stick for a moment, just long enough to add the pudding.
  3. Add the pudding so that it covers the worms while at the same time making sure the worms are up against the glass so they can be seen. Fill the serving glasses about 3/4 of the way full.
  4. Top with the cookie crumbs.
  5. Carefully cut the edges of about 5 cookies (the ridged part) into about 1/2-inch pieces to use as decorations that look like more worms. The amount of cookies should be enough for spares if the edges break when cutting them.
  6. Decorate the top of the graveyard with candy worms, chocolate trees, tombstones, bones, eyeballs, edges of cookies (more worms), candy sprinkles and Halloween cupcake decor (with toothpicks).
  7. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

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