What better to make for our cooking project near Halloween than a graveyard? An edible graveyard no less! And what do you need to make this masterpiece?
Chocolate pudding – we prefer the cooked variety in our household; milk, whipped cream, Oreo cookies, Milano cookies, candy corn, decorating gel, and little chocolate candies for eyes (more about that later.)
We’re going to take a quick break now while I run get milk, since I just noticed that this carton expired on the 9th … of SEPTEMBER! Obviously, we’re not big milk drinkers in this household. We get our vitamin D and calcium from other sources – like cheese & ice cream!
Take three cups of milk (from the new carton, if you please) and dump it into a pot.
Add the pudding powder and mix well.
Heat the milk/pudding mixture over a medium high heat, stirring constantly, until it comes to a full boil.
We’re almost there – just a little bit longer! If you’re doing the non-cook kind of pudding, just mix the milk & pudding together until it thickens, then put it in the fridge for a little bit to let it set.
While the pudding is thickening, take the Oreos and put them in a food grinder. Chop those suckers up into tiny little crumbs. Don’t worry about the cream filling – you want that mixed in. Hey you! Put down the Oreo! No licking of the frosting!
What does that remind you of?
Dirt, maybe? Well, let’s just pretend it does, okay? Spread a layer of crumbs dirt over the pudding.
Add the candy corn for embellishment’s sake. There’s no correlation between them and graveyards. I just like candy corn, okay! I try to use it in as many halloween recipes as possible. Don’t judge me!
The Milano cookies are your gravestones. Use the gel to write epitaphs on the grave markers. If you’re spastic the way I am, limit it to initials or RIP.
Stick the graves into your pudding graveyard.
*** IMPORTANT NOTE – DO NOT PUT COOKIES INTO PUDDING UNTIL JUST BEFORE YOU’RE READY TO SERVE IT, OTHERWISE THE COOKIES WILL GET MUSHY! VERY QUICKLY!!***
Final step – add whipped cream ghosts. I just used the can to add a little swirl of whipped cream and stuck two chocolate candies in for eyes. This would have been more impressive with the marshmallow Peep ghosts I originally planned on using. However, just so you know, looking for those marshmallow ghosts in the week before Halloween is like looking for the proverbial needle (in the haystack). It ain’t happening, baby. So, I got creative. I didn’t say I did it well, just that I got creative!