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Feast Week, Day 7: Prisoners of a Barrow-wight

It’s day 7 of feast week and that means one of the worst sleep-overs Frodo ever had. This night he finds himself a prisoner of a Barrow-wight.

“When he [Frodo Baggins] came to himself again, for a moment he could recall nothing except a sense of total dread. Then suddenly he knew that he was imprisoned, caught hopelessly; he was in a barrow. A Barrow-wight had taken him, and he was probably already under the dreadful spells of the Barrow-wights about which whispered tales spoke.” – The Fellowship of the Ring, Chapter 8: Fog on the Barrow-downs

So what scrumptious meal do you cook up when you’re trapped deep underground in a not-so-warm-and-cozy barrow? How about “Worms and Dirt”?

Never heard of  it? Neither had my kids, and boy, do I wish I had the camera ready when I told them we’d be having Worms and Dirt for dessert. My son gave me this, “Mom’s officially gone crazy…” stare. I suppose it didn’t help that I took the joke even further and told him he and his sister would have to help get the dessert ready by going out back and collecting the worms while I mixed up the dirt.

Once they realized I was joking, and saw the ingredients I pulled out the pantry, relief washed over their faces and drool appeared at the corner of their mouths.

“Worms in Dirt” not only sounds utterly disgusting and unappetizing, it doesn’t help that it looks just as gross. However, looks can be deceiving, and in this case that’s 100% true. Made with loads of chocolate, this simple recipe cannot go wrong. It’s cheap, tasty, and easy for young Hobbits to help prepare.


  • 1 package of generic chocolate sandwich cookies (aka: cheap Oreos)
  • 1 package of gummy worms
  • 2 large boxes of instant chocolate pudding mix


  • Mix up both pudding packets following directions found on back of boxes. (For best results, let the pudding sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours before proceeding with the following directions.)
  • Pour entire package of chocolate sandwich cookies into a large zip-lock bag.
  • Make sure the bag is securely closed. Take a ladle or meat tenderizer and beat the ever-loving crap of those cookies ’till they’re all in bits. Kids love this part.
  • Pour chocolate pudding in a large bowl. Add all the broken cookies and mix.
  • Lastly, open the gummy worm bag and reserve a few worms (depending on how many servings you’ll be dishing out).
  • Pour the rest of the gummy worms into the pudding and cookie mixture. Stir.
  • Serve pudding in small bowls and top each with one of the reserved gummy worms.
  • Say goodbye to diet.
  • Say hello to awesomesauce.
  • Eat worms and dirt.


There is only one more night of Tolkien Feast Week! Join us as we conclude the culinary journey of the hobbits on the road to Bree and The Prancing Pony!

Feast Week, Day 1: Bilbo and Frodo’s Birthday

Feast Week, Day 2: Sleeping Outdoors

Feast Week, Day 3: The Feast of Gildor

Feast Week, Day 4: Farmer Maggot’s Feast

Feast Week, Day 5: The Feast of Tom Bombadil

Feast Week, Day 6: The Feast of Tom Bombadil, Part Deux

Feast Week, Day 8: The Prancing Pony

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  1. This looks like fun! Nicely done, Arwen!

  2. My four year old son had this at church on Wednesday. One of his teachers made it for all the kids. He LOVED it. Kept going on an on about getting to eat a green gummy worm. Definately a winner for little boys.

  3. I love this one! Very fun and tasty no doubt.