Monday, August 10, 2015

Worms at a Beach Party - 52 Church Potluck Dishes Snacks for Children's Chursh

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It's a bit of a twist on a classic!

And kids go CRAZY for these!

My wife has been put in charge of providing snacks for our Church's Children's chapel.  Just last week we made the classic "Worms in Dirt".

They were HUGELY popular!  the wee ones went nuts, played in the dirt, played with the worms and had a good time.

Well, while I was making the classic, it occurred to me that the exact same recipe could be used for a beach party.

Just sub Banana Pudding for Chocolate, ground up Animal Crackers for Oreos (Need to add some melted butter and a bit of sugar, but it worked).  A tiny tropical umbrella and you indeed have a PARTY IN A CUP!!!

So here's a new take on an old classic.

A wee ones party pleaser!

OK... Here's what I did...

Worms in Dirt

  • Will make 10 servings.  Double/Triple or more as needed.  
  • 1 Package (3.9 Oz) Jello Chocolate Fudge Banana Instant Pudding
  • 2 Cups COLD Milk
  • 2 Cups Whipped Cream (Tub from the frozen food section works fine)
  • 20 Oreo Cookies, 2 Cups Animal Crackers, Crushed
  • 1/4 Cup Melted Butter
  • 2 TBS Sugar
  • 30 Gummy Worms
Cooking Directions
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, add and crush the animal crackers, while the blades are running, add the butter and the sugar.  You will end up with sand like crumbles.
  2. Beat pudding mix and milk in large bowl with whisk 2 min. Let stand 5 min. Stir in COOL WHIP and 1/2 cup cookie crumbs.
  3. Spoon into 10 (6- to 7-oz.) paper or plastic cups; Insert three gummy worms in each cup leaving half sticking out of the pudding.
  4. Top with remaining cookie crumbs, gently tap the cups on a table top so they mix evenly
  5. Refrigerate 1 hour. Serve chilled and ENJOY! if available.
Part of the fun is to "see" the Sand.  Use clear plastic glasses


This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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