Recipe By Roger Masse
Published Jun 4th
Bucket of Mud
Prep 15m Cook - Additional 30m Ready In 45m
Servings 24 servings Calories 242.2

This very rich desert is a great one for bringing to picnic events in a children’s sand bucket, served with a small sand shovel. And don’t let the name fool you – it tastes heavenly!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 (18 ounce) package chocolate sandwich cookies (such as Oreo®)
  • 3 ½ cups milk
  • 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 ½ (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup margarine, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping (such as Cool Whip®), thawed

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Pulse the sandwich cookies in a blender until finely ground; set aside
  2. 2 Pour the milk into a mixing bowl, then whisk in the pudding mix until no dry lumps remain
  3. 3 Beat together the cream cheese and margarine until smooth, then stir in the pudding
  4. 4 Fold in the cookie crumbs and whipped topping until evenly blended
  5. 5 Spoon into a clean child's bucket, cover, and refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 242.2
  • Carbohydrate 27 g
  • Cholesterol 18.2 mg
  • Fat 13.9 g
  • Fiber 0.6 g
  • Protein 3.5 g
  • Saturated Fat 6.7 g
  • Sodium 300.6 mg
  • Sugar 18.6 g


  1. This is a classic and especially fun for spring and summer time groups! I have made this with my boys a few times and they love it. Like another user posted I also like to use chocolate pudding! It's delicious and fun even though the name is rather gross. And finding the worms in the - Read more ...
  2. I used two boxes of Jello brand Oreo pudding. I also added a small box of sugar free vanilla pudding to make it a little thicker. I lined the bottom of my pan with whole oreos instead of making the crust. I added whipped topping and cream cheese to the pudding mixture and then spread - Read more ...
  3. I have made dirt for years and placed the mixture in a terra cotta pot and placed a bouquet of silk flowers in it with gummy worms and bugs crawling around the flowers. We used a new garden shovel for the spoon. I also used chocolate pudding to make it mud colored! Great recipe!
  4. this stuff is sooooo yummy! gailybean you are very mean.
  5. The first time I had this, (it was called "dirt" then), I was visiting my parents and at supper, there was a flower pot in the middle of the table with plastic flowers in it. When we were finished eating, Dad said, "Ready for dessert?" Then he took a spoon and started dipping out the - Read more ...
  6. a friend of mine made this for a church potluck once and put gummy worms in the top. It was a great hit with the kids.
  7. This is the old DIRT PUDDING recipe, except I layer the cookie crumbs w/ pudding mixture until u end w/ cookie crumbs to look like "dirt." You can put gummy worms or chocolate mushrooms on top, still fil in a bucket & serve w/ shovel. It's a great recipe I have been making for over - Read more ...
  8. I have made this recipe many times. The only difference in my version is to use chocolate pudding. I use a clear glass bowl and place gummy worms along the edge and on top for added effect. Children love it!