Let’s get dirty! Worms and Dirt Trifle


It’s almost here, my husband’s “dirty thirty.” But, I have been listening all these years to a certain treat. He mentioned this foreign dessert called worms and dirt. It does not sound very appetizing at first. But, I had an idea to make my own version for his special day.

Traditionally, the dessert has chocolate pudding, ground Oreo cookies and gummy worms. For lent, I gave up cookies and needed to be creative. My version has homemade chocolate pudding and brownies mixed with gummy worms.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Recipe adaptation from the Brown Eyed Baker

  • 4 cups almond milk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium saucepan, stir together 3.5 cups milk, the sugar, chocolate and salt, and place over medium-low heat. Cook, constants whisking, until the chocolate is completely melted over medium high heat.

Whisk corn starch and the half cup remaining milk until dissolved and add to sauce pan.

Whisk mixture until it begins to thicken. This may take 5 to ten minutes. Once it begin to thicken, remove from heat and stir. Pour into bowls and cover top of pudding with plastic wrap or wax paper. This will prevent a skin to form. Chill in the fridge overnight.

Homemade Brownies

  • 4 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour

Grease a 13 X 9 pan and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour.  Melt butter and chocolate in the microwave and add to the batter. Beat well to avoid lumps and pour into greased pan.

Bake 35 to 45 minutes until a knife comes out clean. Set aside to cool.

Making you Worms and Dirt Trifle:

You will need one package of gummy worms, chilled pudding, and cooled brownies.

  1. Add half of your pudding to the trifle bowl and smooth it evenly to the bottom.
  2. Crumble your brownies and add half of your brownies to the bowl.
  3. Top with half package of gummy worms.
  4. Repeat both layers.
  5. Chill in the fridge until serving.
  6. Now dig in!