Monster Pudding Cups

Excitement over Halloween each year in these parts definitely centers around the food. Not the candy…the food. Shocking, I know.

Each day this week, I’ll be sharing with you a simple, yummy “Spooky Eats” idea for some Halloween food fun. My kids have loved every minute of preparing for this week. Let’s just say they have taken their R&D (research and development) jobs very seriously. Just wait until you see what we came up with for Friday. Seriously. I don’t know whether to gag or giggle just thinking about it (my kids gobbled them up, just to let you know).

Today the feature is Monster Pudding Cups! And the concept is super, super simple but super, super cute. Create a monster face on the outside of a clear plastic cup. Fill the cup with green-tinted vanilla pudding and top with crushed cookies. If you want to get all crazy, you can attach M&M “bolts” to the outside of the cup to make little Frankensteins. Let your imagination guide you in creating the scariest little monster pudding cup you can!

Monster Pudding Cups

Monster Pudding Cups

Yield: Makes 6-8 pudding cups, depending on the size of your cups and the pudding recipe/box you use

Monster Pudding Cups

Note: You can sub your own vanilla pudding recipe or the boxed variety, although the amount of pudding you end up with will probably vary from the recipe below. Simply adjust the other ingredients (like the cookie crumbs) accordingly. It isn't rocket will all work out.


  • One batch homemade vanilla pudding, tinted green with a few drops of food coloring when adding the vanilla extract
  • Crushed Oreo or other chocolate cookies, I used Trader Joe's Jo-Jo's
  • See-through plastic cups, 8-12 ounce size
  • Black permanent marker
  • Large M&M's (like peanut M&M's) and black frosting (optional)


  1. Make pudding according to recipe or package instructions. Let cool completely, if needed. When ready to assemble, make a monster face on the outside of the plastic cup with a permanent black marker.
  2. Fill each cup to within 1/4-inch of the top with green pudding. Top the pudding with crushed cookies. If desired, put a dab of black frosting on each side of the cup and attach a large M&M for ears or Frankenstein "bolts." Refrigerate until serving.

Recipe Source: pudding recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, idea from Pinterest

20 Responses to Monster Pudding Cups

  1. EMMA says:

    THESE ARE SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Jen I says:

    I couldn’t find clear cups at our Target, but then noticed they had green tinted ones – and in a mini-size too. They turned out perfect! It enhanced the green nicely and the size was great for kids. I used raisinettes for the ears and dipped them in some melted chocolate chips to stick on just because I didn’t feel like making black frosting. They were awesome! So cute, thanks!

  3. Multimeg says:

    Saw this first thing in the morning. Purchased pudding & jr. mints & oreos by lunchtime. Mixed pudding with preschoolers before nap, and had this creepy dessert to share with friends for dinner. Easy. Everyone thought I was brilliant. Thank you!

  4. Timmy!!! says:

    Frankenstein is the name of the creator, not the monster.

  5. These are so cute!! What a fun idea! My little girl will have so much fun making this! I can’t wait to see what else you have planned for this week!! 🙂

  6. These are too cute! They remind me of something similar I saw last year but with orange tinted pudding to make pumpkins! Love the simple but creative idea. I also love this time of year because of all the fun food you can make! I am having my second annual ‘ghoulish grub’ with Halloween treats next week. Can’t wait the see all the ‘spooky eats’ this week!

  7. kristin says:

    i love this idea! thank you for posting it! super cute!

  8. cara says:

    So cute! I’m hosting a kids halloween party this year and can’t wait for all of your Halloween posts!!

  9. Melanie says:

    Carlin – you absolutely could. I don’t use prepackaged pudding mixes so it was easier for me to make vanilla pudding and color it green (it is a minimal amount of food coloring) rather than make pistachio pudding from scratch (which I have a feeling is colored pudding anyway). Either way will work!

  10. Carlin says:

    I saw these on pinterest and thought they looked so cute! Chris just brought up my point, why not just use pistachio?

  11. Chris says:

    My kids love pistachio pudding, which I think would work well for this, and you wouldn’t need to use the food coloring.

  12. Kira says:

    So cute! We will be making everything you post this week I am sure. Can’t wait. We love Halloween in this house.

  13. Brooke says:

    I’m thrilled to get some cute ideas…I just found out I’m the room mother for my son’s kindergarten class!

  14. Erin says:

    Can’t wait to see what else you bring us this week! My kids will love these:)

  15. Michaela says:

    That is such a great idea!
    I absolutely love those things 🙂
    Looking forward to friday 😀

  16. Kellie says:

    OMGosh, LOVE this! What a simple, clever and fun idea!

  17. StephenC says:

    The sense of fun you are bringing is great!

  18. Angie H says:

    We loved these. I made them last year (or maybe it was 2 years ago) for Ethan’s birthday school treats. The kids loved them, they are SO easy to make, and the teachers LOVED the no mess birthday treat!

  19. Kim in MD says:

    Oh my gosh…these are the cutest things! They really brought a smile to my face when I saw them! What a simple, fun recipe to make with your children. I am so excited to see the other Halloween recipes you are posting this week! 🙂

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