Last-Minute Halloween Dessert: Graveyard Chocolate Pudding Cups

Photos: Nathan Davison
Photos: Nathan Davison
Photos: Nathan Davison

Growing up, Graveyard pudding — complete with Cool Whip-blob ghosts and Milano cookie tombstones — seemed like it was featured in every woman’s magazine my mom read. I saw it everywhere, but I never actually had it in real life. Worms and dirt, sure, but not the towering wonder that was a full-blown jiggly dessert cemetery.

I had forgotten all about the ’90s classic until earlier this year, when I was brainstorming ideas for this year’s #Halloween15, and figured it was high time I tried it out for myself. With a few ultra-simplified adjustments, because if you’re making individual pudding cups, you don’t have time to swirl a couple dozen ghosts (and cross your fingers they don’t melt mid-party).

I picked up a package of Peeps ghosts and Tombstones, which I used to garnish each treat. I also layered each cup with a little Cool Whip tinted with a few drops of food coloring, just to give the dessert a more parfait-like look and light, fluffy texture.


If you have any leftover Peeps, you can use them to make a side of s’mores dip, because why not? Serve up some pulled pork sliders, cheesy black bean dip and Ciderini cocktails, and you’ve got an easy Halloween party people will be raving about for weeks afterward.


Graveyard Chocolate Pudding Cups


  • 1 package Oreos
  • 1 package chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tub Cool Whip (or other whipped topping)
  • 2-3 drops green food coloring
  • 1 package ghost Peeps
  • 1 package tombstone Peeps (optional)


  1. Place Oreos in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to roll over the Oreos, crushing them into "dirt."
  2. Follow package instructions to make chocolate pudding. Set aside to chill and thicken.
  3. Scoop out of half of the Cool Whip and place in a small mixing bowl. Add the food coloring and stir, creating a bright green whipped topping.
  4. Layer chocolate pudding, green whipped topping, Oreos and repeat until you're about 1/8-inch away from the top of each cup. Sprinkle Oreo "dirt" on top of each cup and place a Peeps ghost and tombstone on each one. Serve.
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