- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
- 1 1/4 cups whole milk
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (1 cup)
- 1/2 teaspoon pure mint extract
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 10 chocolate wafer cookies
- Garnish: mint sprigs
Whisk together sugar, cornstarch, cocoa, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan. Combine cream, milk, and vanilla in a liquid measuring cup.
Pour 1 cup cream mixture into sugar mixture, and whisk until cornstarch is dissolved. Add remaining cream mixture, and whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly, and cook until thick, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low, and add chocolate. Whisk until chocolate melts, about 1 minute.Remove from heat. Add mint extract and butter, and whisk until butter melts. Quickly divide pudding, whisking as you work to prevent sides from setting up, among eight 4-ounce glasses or glass flowerpot votive candle holders (candle4less.com), leaving about 1/2 inch of space at the top of each. Refrigerate until set, about 1 1/2 hours.
Just before serving, pulse cookies in a food processor until finely ground. Top each pudding with 1 tablespoon ground-cookie "dirt," and garnish with a planted mint sprig. Serve chilled.
My husband constantly begs me to make the mud pudding for him – I'll have to try this recipe next time he asks. They are really adorable!
These are so cool! Kind of similar to the Carvel ice cream cakes I used to have for my birthday parties as a kid. Chocolate and vanilla ice cream with chocolate cookie crumbles between the layers. I will definitely try this recipe soon 🙂
You can try to substitute arrowroot for the cornstarch (use 2 tablespoons arrowroot for this recipe) but the texture may be altered. For best results, try sticking to cornstarch.
can I use anything else than cornstarch?
thank you so much!
OMG, these are totally adorable! Chocolate pudding at its best!:)
How adorable! And they look absolutely delicious!
Absolutely wonderful presentation! Beyond cute. I am in love :-). Retwitting this and following this site!
Thank you! 🙂
These are so cute. I want chocolate pudding now. 🙂 Or worms in dirt. 🙂
These are so great! Especially refined without the gummy worm. 🙂
that's so great!! what a lovely idea!
This is absolutely adorable! I am going to make this for sure!