Milk Chocolate Mud Cups
Earth Day is next Monday so I thought it’d be fun to whip up a kid friendly Earth Day inspired treat! I’m not really a fan of mud or dirt, especially when it gets all gunked up under your nails. I suppose that’s what gloves are for but they’re not as easy to work with. That’s probably the main reason why I don’t have a garden, the mess factor. Not to mention that the concept of remembering to water plants is a hard one for me. I can keep my kids and cats alive but plants is whole other story. I even went ahead and started a new batch of green onions recently and totally forgot to add water, thus killing them after but a few days. Oops. Did you know that you can regrow green onions? Try it, it really works… assuming you remember to feed it water. Apparently you can do this with all kinds of veggies. I’d be interested to see how it works with others, maybe that’ll be my summer project. But someone please remind me to water them.
Chocolate mud on the other hand is way more my style, with cookie dirt and a smiling gummy worm. They’re happy they get to slither around in chocolate for a change. ;) Seriously, I had no idea I was buying gummy worms with faces. It’s kind of hilarious and creepy at the same time. I mean I’m not a fan of worms but ones that stare at you? Is that how vegans feel about animals… especially a full fish on a platter? That kind of grosses me out too, don’t worry. I don’t want my meal staring at me.
Not only are these perfect for Earth Day, but really they’re perfect for any day. They’re fun and totally easy to whip up. You could cheat if you really want to but homemade pudding means you can control what’s in it and it’s so much tastier too. Plus, it’s just nice knowing you can make something from scratch! No boxes required here.
My entire family loved these. They’re flavorful, smooth and creamy with just the right amount of pudding to cookie crumb ratio. I love the added texture the cookie crumbs gives to a very simple dish. Of course the worm is a must, especially if you’re serving this to kids. My biggest issue with candy is that it’s so hard to find candy from a peanut safe brand and facility, especially when looking for something super specific like gummy worms. If you happen to be searching for nut safe gummy worms, these are Target brand. Remember to double check the package in case anything has changed in their processing.
After you’re done cleaning up, celebrating the earth or planting a new tree be sure to whip up these mud cups for a tasty treat!
Yield: Serves 6-8
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes, plus chill time
Milk Chocolate Mud Cups
Layers of milk chocolate pudding, crushed chocolate cookies and a gummy worm. A perfect Earth Day treat!
3/4C unsweetened cocoa
6 Tbsp granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
4 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
3/4C heavy cream
10oz milk chocolate
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2C chocolate cookie crumbs
In a medium bowl, mix cocoa, sugar and salt. Set aside. In a separate medium bowl combine cornstarch and heavy cream.
In a double boiler over simmering water, heat milk until steaming. Remove from heat, pour half of the milk into the cream mixture, while whisking. Add cocoa mixture to the liquid. Return cocoa mixture to double boiler, place over simmering water. Cook, stirring for approximately 5 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat. Add chocolate chips and vanilla, stirring until smooth. Transfer to a clean bowl. Divide among bowls to serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap pressed to the surface, to avoid a pudding skin forming, chill until ready to serve.
Layer pudding and crushed cookies as desired. Top off with a gummy worm for decoration. Enjoy!
I used 1- 10oz bag of Hershey's mini Kisses for this recipe.
Adapted from Baked by Rachel