DIY Pumpkin Patch Pudding Cups

Pumpkin Patch Pudding Dirt CupsI’d slid on some boots and wrap a scarf around my neck, sip some apple cider, and wander through the muddy dirt searching for my very own, oddball-shaped, cheerfully orange pumpkin. Going to the pumpkin patch has always been my favorite fall activity, so I brought a little of the magic to our home with these adorable Pumpkin Patch Pudding Dirt Cups! They are simple to make and taste delicious. In the spirit of the Fall season, I wanted to celebrate with a festive version of dirt cups that didn’t involve worms and this pumpkin patch is perfect for that.

What You Need


1. Make soft-serve chocolate pudding (I just used instant pudding) and fill the cups about about 3/4 full.Pudding in Cup2. Crush up some chocolate cream cookies using your fist, a spoon, or a food processor.

Crush and Scoop Oreos3. Sprinkle a decent amount of cookie crumbs onto the top of the pudding.  This will be the “dirt.”

Pudding Cup with Oreo4. Place a few mellowcreme pumpkins on the top and push them down gently into the “dirt” like they are sitting in a pumpkin patch. If you can find different sized/shaped pumpkins, that would be even better! I just went with whatever was in the Autumn Mix mellowcreme and candy corn package that I purchased.

Pudding Cup Mellowcreme Pumpkins5. Most pumpkin patches have a little bit of grass still with the pumpkins, not just dirt, so add some of the green sprinkles around the top. I did some spots with none, some with very little, and others with a decent amount so it looks more like grass would.

Pudding Cups Oreos Pumpkins Sugar Crystals Sprinkles6. While the pudding sits, we can make the “Pumpkins” sign. Start by folding a regular index card in half as shown (lines on the inside.)

Pumpkins Sign Label7. Write “Pumpkins” on a white address label (or directly onto the index card–I prefer the address label because it keeps it straight and uniform.) Stick the label onto the index card.

8. Trim around the label so that the “Pumpkins” sign is a little smaller.

9. Make a tiny mark to show the center along the folded side of the index card. Place a hole punch halfway over the fold on this spot and make a half-circle shape (when you unfold the card it will be a circle.)

Pumpkins Sign Hole Punch10. Carefully twist the paper straw through the hole with a little bit sticking over the top. The hole created by the hole punch will be a little bit smaller than the straw (for a tight fit) so you will have to wiggle the straw through carefully to widen the hole.

Pumpkins Sign Straw in Middle11. Fold the index card down over the straw and tape it flat. Make sure that the paper from the index card is far enough out of the pudding when the straw is placed inside the cup, then stick the sign in the dirt cup at a slight angle.

Pumpkins Sign on Paper StrawBonus Tip: Is it your turn to host a Fall get-together or bring a snack for your child’s classroom? This is a perfect treat! Make this snack a little healthier by using WhoKnew “smart” cookies.

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-What is your favorite Fall activity?

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  1. Divina McFarland

    How many servings would you say this served? I’m looking to do this with my daughters class for a fall party!

    • How fun! It makes as many servings as the pudding you make. I used the 3 oz. package so about 3-4 servings (about 1/2 cup or a little more depending on how full you want it) but you can make multiple or find smaller cups to fill–perhaps Dixie cups with smaller signs and one or two pumpkins or use pre-packaged yogurt cups..

  2. Did the Oreos get soggy in the fridge? I would like to make these the night before our pumpkin carving party!

    • That would be awesome! The Oreos did get a little soggy after a while, but my son still enjoyed it (I actually made them the day before I let him eat it.) If you’re concerned and want them crunchy, you can set up the pudding cups and have the Oreos and everything prepared to stick on right before you head out. I tried it after it sat too as we ended up mixing a big batch together later on and it still was awesome with them not crunchy.

  3. Love these! Perfect for a Halloween party :] pinning and sharing this week on Facebook!

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