It is October and Halloween is coming up! Time to get fun and creative with these unbelievably easy spooky halloween pudding cups. Kids and adults both love pudding, and making a parfait with cookies, pudding and whipped cream topped off with your favorite spooky candies is great way to get festive for your next Halloween party.
I mean, I am fully aware that the last thing needed at Halloween is more treats. There is more candy than any kid could know what to do with! But, there's always room for something festive and fun, and if you've got any parties planned Halloween pudding cups are the perfect adition.
Why you'll love this recipe
- They are kid friendly. Not only are Halloween pudding cups kid friendly for eating (who doesn't love Oreos, pudding and candy), but they are a fun way to involve kids while making and putting them together. Kids will love to decorate and create their own spooky designs.
- It's quick and easy. So this is barely a recipe, and that is not a bad thing, I use boxed pudding mix and I do not care. Kids like it better, it is faster and easier, and there is something to be said for all of those things...especially when you are having a party. This is a halloween treat recipe that is meant to be low-stress, no bake and fun,
- The toppings are whatever you want them to be. Be fun and creative! Use gummy worms or spiders, candy corn, marshmallow pumpkins and ghosts...nothing is off the table!
- They are really delicious. While these seem like they are primarily a kids' treat, I don't know too many adults that would say no to these. The pudding and whipped cream parfait softens to oreo cookies to be almost like cake, and the pudding is chocolatey and delicious.
To make the actual pudding cups themselves you just a few simple ingredients:.
- Chocolate pudding mix. I use the classic Jell-O chocolate pudding mix, but any kind will do.
- Milk for the pudding
- Heavy cream. This will get whipped for the parfait
- Oreo cookies. Or the some other brand of Oreo-type cookie
As for how to make these into Halloween pudding cups, the decorating toppings are really up to you! I used:
- Gummy worms
- Eyeball candies
- Halloween themed sprinkles
- Candy corn
- Marshmallow ghost and pumpkin peeps
Feel free to make these up with any kind of Halloween themed candy you'd like in addition to or instead of what I used.
Making these really couldn't be easier, and you can double the amount for a larger crowd or simply make the containers you serve them out of smaller to fit your needs.
- Make the pudding according to the package
- Whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. I don't use powdered sugar to sweeten the cream because I think these pudding cups are sweet enough between the oreo cookies, pudding and candies on top.
- Crush your oreos
- Get out all candies and things you want on top to make these into spooky Halloween pudding cups!
To assemble the pudding cups as parfaits start with a spoonful of crushed oreo on the bottom, followed by a layer of chocolate pudding and then a layer of whipped cream. Repeat in this order until your clear
Ingredient swaps and variations
Some quick subs for these Halloween pudding cups:
- Make homemade chocolate pudding. I use box mix in this recipe because it is simple and incredibly kid friendly. But I am by no means, a fool...homemade chocolate pudding is amazing and here is a great and easy recipe if you'd like to make your own.
- Use a vanilla pudding and color it orange or dark purple for Halloween. Instant vanilla pudding works well in pudding cups. Or make vanilla pudding from scratch.
- Use crumbled brownies or cake instead of oreo cookies.
My biggest tip to making Halloween pudding cups is to have fun with this. This recipe is by no means meant to be complicated. Get kids involved, use fun candy, use whatever kind of pudding you like, keep this a light and fun, no bake, kid friendly treat!
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- 6 Clear glass serving dishes
- 3 cups instant chocolate pudding I used the 5.9 oz box of Jell-O chocolate pudding and made as directed
- 30 oreo cookies
- ¾ heavy cream whipped to stiff peaks
- Various Halloween candy candy corn, gummy worms, candy eye balls, Halloween peeps
- Have everything prepped and ready to assemble, meaning, have the pudding already made as directed on the package and the heavy cream already whipped and the oreos crushed.
- To assemble the pudding cups start with a layer of crushed oreos on the bottom, followed by a layer of pudding and a layer of whipped cream. Repeat in this order until the glasses are full, ending with crushed oreos on the top layer. Decorate with whatever Halloween candies you like to make these as fun as spooky as you like!