My boys have most likely eaten a lot of dirt in their short amount of time on this earth. I once saw a news program that had some astronomical number of pounds of dirt the average human eats over their lifetime. The amount was based upon a study that looked at dirt residue on certain foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables. But my boys *love* dirt…digging in it, playing in it, even laying in it. I deal with a lot of dirt in my home, so I figured with it being spring and all, I would revel in dirt and create my version of dirt cake.
I first had dirt cake when I made it in home economics class in school. The usual rendition uses pre-packaged pudding and other store-bought food products. I whipped up a homemade version that was delish and had the boys and their cousins reveling in the fact that they were eating (very tasty) dirt!
½ of a recipe of Sweet Pea Chocolate Pudding (keep the other half for snacking or such)
1 – 20 ounce package of Trader Joe’s chocolate sandwich cookies (or your favorite brand)
1 – 8 ounce package 1/3 less fat Cream Cheese
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
8 inch diameter flower pot
gummy worms (optional)
Prepare the chocolate pudding. You will need about half of the recipe above as prepared.
In a food processor, grinder the package of cookies until they resemble coarse dirt. Alternatively, you can place the cookies in a large plastic bag and pound with a cooking mallet until ground.
In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese and confectioner’s sugar until well blended. Add about half of the chocolate pudding and mix well.
Clean the flower pot and dry well. Place a layer of foil at the bottom of the pot if there are holes to cover the holes.
Sprinkle about ½ inch layer of cookie crumbs in the bottom of the pot. Pour half of the chocolate pudding mixture on top. Cover with ½ the remaining cookie crumbs. Repeat, ending with the cookie crumbs so it looks like dirt.
Place gummy worms half way into the top of the cake and insert flowers into the cake (make sure they are clean too!)
Serve and watch the kids enjoy eating dirt!