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Sand Pudding Dessert Cups Recipe

These simple to make Sand Pudding Dessert Cups Recipe are perfect for a Beach Party, Shark Week, and more!

Sand Pudding Dessert Cups with Gummy fish

Every Summer, since my kids were little, we have made treats for Shark Week. It is something they look forward to even now that they are bigger. The treats don’t have to be hard to make, just a little something fun, like these Sand Pudding Dessert Cups. A fun twist on the popular dirt cup pudding, but this time beach themed!



Sand Pudding Ingredients with towel

This is such an easy and fun dessert to make. You will need



If you have a hard time finding the gummy sharks try looking on Amazon or

How to make sand pudding dessert cups

Sand pudding dessert steps. Blue pudding in bowl.

Pour 2 cups of milk in a bowl.

Add in your blue food coloring to the desired color. This will vary based on type of food coloring and brand. Once the food coloring is in add in your pudding mix.

Fold your whipped topping into the pudding and chill for about 10 minutes.

Blue pudding in dessert cups with plate of gummy candy and crushed vanilla cookies

Once your pudding is chilled pour it into small plastic cups or little dessert dishes.

Sand Pudding Dessert Cups Recipe

Now it is time to have fun. Assemble the beach scene by adding crushed cookies for the sand, and your choice of gummy candies to create these great little sand cups.

Gluten Free

Gluten Free Sand Pudding Dessert Cups Recipe

These pudding cups are very easy to convert to gluten free. You are going to want to use your favorite gluten free vanilla cookie. You can also make these Gluten Free Graham Crackers and use them in place of the sandwich cookies. They work perfectly!


Most people think that because these are pudding you can’t make them vegan. That couldn’t farther from the truth. With a couple hacks you can transform these into vegan treats!

  • Jello Instant Pudding Mix is Vegan. Just the mix.
  • You will need twice as much pudding mix when using a dairy free milk substitute because of its consistency.
  • Simply use 2 cups of dairy free milk and 2 (3.4 oz) boxes of pudding mix to get the same amount for this dessert.
  • You can find vegan whipped topping at many grocery stores. My favorite is Cocowhip.
  • Finally the cookies. You can use any vanilla cookie, but Golden Oreo Cookies are Vegan!

Sand Pudding Dessert Cups

These simple to make Sand Pudding Dessert Cups Recipe are perfect for a Beach Party, Shark Week, and more!
Print Recipe
Prep Time:10 minutes
Chill Time:30 minutes
Total Time:40 minutes


  • 3.4 oz Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 oz whipped topping thawed
  • Blue food coloring


  • 6-8 Vanilla Sandwich Cookies crushed (Can also use graham crackers)
  • Gummy sea creatures
  • Gummy stars or shells


  • In a medium bowl, add cold milk.
  • Stir in a few drops of blue food coloring to make the pudding your desired color. Sprinkle pudding over top and whisk until well combined.
  • Place in refrigerator about 10 minutes or until set
  • Fold in whipped topping until well combined
  • Add pudding mix to glasses or cups
  • Place in refrigerator 20 minutes to chill
  • Crush cookies in food processor or resealable plastic bag until fine
  • Spoon cookies on side to resemble a beach
  • Add gummy creatures, stars or shells to decorate

Dairy Free

  • Use a dairy free whipped topping (like cocowhip). Use your favorite dairy free milk (almond coconut etc.) Also double the ammount of pudding mix to two boxes, but keep the ammount of milk at 2 cups.
    Double check your cookies to make sure they are also dairy free. Golden Oreo Cookies are vegan.

Gluten Free


Pudding – depending on the thickness you like, you may need to add 2 boxes of pudding mix
Food coloring – gel food coloring works best. Depending on how dark you want the pudding, you may need to make it darker than expected because when you add the whipped topping it will lighten the pudding color.


Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 270kcal
Author: Amanda Carlisle

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