Ghosts in the Graveyard Chocolate Pudding Cups

 

Ghosts in the Graveyard chocolate pudding cups from Our Best BitesSo apparently I am way behind the times because I’ve started seeing things like Christmas gift-giving ideas and the-best-homemade-holiday-treats-ever posts pop up on my Facebook feed. I’ve even seen The Elf pop in a time or two on Pinterest.

Whoa.

I love Christmas as much as the next girl, but we’re still two weeks away from Halloween. I’ve gotta live in the moment here or I’m going to be a panicky huddled mess in the corner by December 25. We’ve got Thanksgiving next month. Christmas is more than two months away. Can we just eat a candy cane Oreo and sing “Silent Night” and call it good for another 5 weeks or so?

This was actually supposed to be an entirely different individual-dessert-in-a-cup project, but the whole time I was making that one, it just felt wrong–unnecessarily complicated and something I would likely never actually eat. And then it all came together in a completely different, treat-in-a-cup way and I love how they turned out!

I love these spooky pudding cups because they’re super easy, but they’re also amazingly delicious. This isn’t one of those projects where you’re going to spend all day (or two days!) on and they’re still going to look roughly like a two-year-old made them (as so often things like this do for me, but I kind of lack in this department; I tried drawing a horse the other day and it looked like a mutated dog)–you can make these and they’ll be adorable and you’ll still have time left over for a nap.

To start, whisk together the chocolate pudding and cold water.

pouring water into chocolate pudding

Add the can of sweetened condensed milk and whisk until smooth (smooth-ish?).

Whisked chocolate pudding

Place the bowl in the refrigerator.

In a medium (or large) mixing bowl, beat 1 cup of the heavy cream with electric beaters until soft peaks form.

Ghosts in the Graveyard pudding cups from Our Best bites

Remove the pudding mixture from the refrigerator and fold in the whipped cream

Ghosts in the Graveyard chocolate pudding cups from Oue Best bites

until completely combined.Distribute the pudding mixture evenly among clear individual glass or plastic cups or jars (a 6-ounce cup with a wide rim would be the perfect size for pudding, plus a little extra room for the dirt, ghost, and tombstone).

Chocolate pudding in a cup

Place the pudding cups in the refrigerator. This step can be done up to 24 hours ahead of time.

Place 2 cups Oreos in the jar of a blender

Oreo Cookies

and pulse until you have Oreo crumbs.

crushed oreos in a blender jar

Sprinkle over each pudding cup so it looks like dirt.

oreo dirt on chocolate pudding cups

Using a marker with edible ink (like this one) or melted chocolate (snip off a tiny corner of the bag), write “R.I.P.” on the top of each Mint Milano cookie.

RIP on Mint Milanos

Insert each cookie into one side of the pudding cup.

Mint Milano Headstones

In a large mixing bowl, combine the remaining 1 cup heavy cream and the powdered sugar. Beat until medium peaks form (be careful not to turn it into butter, but you want it to hold its shape.) Transfer the whipped cream to a large Ziploc bag and cut off a corner so you have about a 1/2″ opening. Swirl the whipped cream on top of each pudding cup like in this tutorial to make a ghost. Add two eyes to each ghost – you can get some here, or find them in most stores in the baking section. Makes 10-12 pudding cups.

Chocolate pudding cups with oreo dirt and whipped cream

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Ghosts in the Graveyard Chocolate Pudding Cups

  • Author: Our Best Bites

Description

Add some delicious spookiness to your Halloween this year with these fun and festive Ghosts in the Graveyard Chocolate Pudding Cups. Plus, you know – chocolate pudding and all…


Ingredients

  • 1 3.2-ounce package of instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 2 cups Oreo cookies
  • 10-12 Mint Milano cookies
  • Marker with edible ink or 1/4 cup chocolate chips mixed with 1 teaspoon canola oil, melted in a Ziploc bag
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Candy eyes (look for them in the cake decorating section of your grocery or craft store)

Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the chocolate pudding and cold water. Add the can of sweetened condensed milk and whisk until smooth. Place the bowl in the refrigerator.
  2. In a medium (or large) mixing bowl, beat 1 cup of the heavy cream with electric beaters until soft peaks form. Remove the pudding mixture from the refrigerator and fold in until completely combined. Distribute the pudding mixture evenly among clear individual glass or plastic cups or jars (a 6-ounce cup with a wide rim would be the perfect size for pudding, plus a little extra room for the dirt, ghost, and tombstone). Place the pudding cups in the refrigerator. This step can be done up to 24 hours ahead of time.
  3. Place 2 cups Oreos in the jar of a blender and pulse until you have Oreo crumbs. Sprinkle over each pudding cup so it looks like dirt.
  4. Using the marker or melted chocolate (snip off a tiny corner of the bag), write “R.I.P.” on the top of each Mint Milano cookie. Insert each cookie into one side of the pudding cup.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the remaining 1 cup heavy cream and the powdered sugar. Beat until medium peaks form (be careful not to turn it into butter, but you want it to hold its shape.) Transfer the whipped cream to a large Ziploc bag and cut off a corner so you have about a 1/2″ opening. Swirl the whipped cream on top of each pudding cup like in this tutorial to make a ghost. Add two eyes to each ghost.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 10
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12 comments

  1. I was not very interested on this recipe when I read pudding, but I kept reading, and you got me at sweetened condensed milk! Ummm, this sounds like a simple delicious “chocolate mousse”! Now I need to go make it.

  2. It was smooth sailing until I got to the ghost at the end. That kind of intimidates me! But if you promise there will be time for a nap, I’ll give it a go. 😉 Thanks for this fresh Halloween idea!

    1. Peeps makes marshmallow ghosts that you can buy at the store! And, no artificial dyes in it 😉

  3. I’m loving this recipe and the pudding actually looks appetizing to me. Regular pudding is just so…. bland. Boring.

    I can’t bring in cute homemade goods to my daughter’s class, but I was thinking this could even be adapted with the pre-made (gross to me) pudding cups from the store. Just add the cookie and a ghost with store-bought frosting. Such a cute and adaptable idea. Of course, if the teacher will allow and you’re brave enough to assemble in class. Not sure if I’m up for the latter… 🙂

    Thanks for always posting adorable Halloween (& other holiday) ideas for those of us who are not crafty and naturally talented at these things. I can still feel like a rockstar mom occasionally.

  4. Super cute! I just figured out a few weeks ago that crushing oreos in a blender is WAY better than trying to do them in a plastic bag with a rolling pin. It’s faster, easier, less messy, and makes way better crumbs.

  5. YUM! Love these! I bookmarked the recipe to make for my son’s 2nd “bunny” themed party next month. Instead of the ghosts, I’ll put a strawberry dipped in orange melting candy to make it look like a carrot 😉 I was wondering though, how many servings is this?

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