Edible Sand: Fun Sand Bucket Dessert

Edible Sand

How To Make Edible Sand

We love eating Edible Dirt so we decided to make Edible Sand! This is a delicious vanilla-flavored version of the original “dirt” recipe. My boys were so excited to make this the day that got out of school for the summer!

It is so delicious, I had several more helpings than I should have. This is great to serve for parties or get togethers as it can easily be made in individual size clear cups (or even tiny sand pails). Just add an umbrella for an extra special touch!

Edible Sand Recipe

 Ingredients for Edible Sand:

-2 small boxes of pudding
-2 packages Golden Oreos (the generic kind will do just fine as well)
-1/2 stick butter
-8 oz. cream cheese
-3 1/2 cups of milk (or double whatever the box of pudding says)
-1 c. powdered sugar
-1 container Cool Whip

Edible Sand Directions:

1. In a large bowl, mix the pudding mix and milk according to the package instructions.

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2. Add the Cool Whip to the pudding.

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3. Cream butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar together. Add to the pudding mixture.

4. Using a food processor (or blender), grind the Golden Oreo’s until they are a sand-texture. My wimpy food processor can only handle 6 Oreo’s at a time.

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5. Alternate the pudding mixture and Oreo’s in a sand pail. End with the crushed Oreo’s on top.

Serve your edible sand in cute pails for a sand bucket dessert!

edible sand bucket

 Edible Sand Dessert Cups


This post was first published August 2010. Last updated 2018.

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  1. Uh-O! It tastes really yummy when you follow the recipe. I am sorry it did not work out for you. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Just so you know, I read "puddingish" without a second thought, and it wasn't till you pointed it out that I looked back and thought, "Hum, I guess that really isn't a real word…" ;o)

  3. I made a sand bucket birthday cake for my son'd 3rd birthday. I just baked a cake, broke it up in chunks and threw it in the bucket layering with frosting – then crushed up generic biscuits (sorry 'cookies' – I am Australian! he he he) on top. It looked sooooooo much like sand, I had to make sure I put it far away from the sand play area that we had at the party. It was also great serving it up to the children with a sand spade – and it tasted delicious! I did the same thing this year, but a water bucket – with a layer of Jello on the top to look like a bucket of water for our water play party – it was great!

  4. About how many servings does the summer sand recipe make? This sounds really cool. I’m making it for a Beach Bunko party!

  5. I made something similar over the weekend, but I used a box on Nilla Wafers and 4 chocolate oreos. Everyone loved it and it looked exactly like sand.

  6. How many servings does this make? I’m making it with a summer science class I’m teaching and inviting all the parents to come join us the last day and want to be sure to have enough for everyone. I have 20 kids in my class.

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