Dirt Cups Made with Apple Cider Ice Cream

It’s apple season! Which means apple-cider-everything is back on the top of everyone’s mind. Or at least it is in our household. Apple cider is a staple in this house during the fall season. While the classic beverage is enough to fill the soul with fall joy most of the time, sometimes it needs a little twist. We’ve tried a couple of different apple cider recipes over the years: apple cider roasted chicken, apple cider floats, and apple cider french onion soup, all of which were delicious. Why not continue a good thing?

This year to celebrate the harvest season, we added a new book to our collection. Bad Apple was delivered to our doorstep at the beginning of October, and we instantly fell in love with the story of Mac, an apple who acquired a new worm friend after a rainstorm. All of his apple friends started calling him a bad apple (Maddie’s favorite part), but Mac didn’t care. He chose to stay with his best friend. In a marriage of our favorite fall drink and one of our new favorite fall books, we created dirt cups with apple cider ice cream, complete with worms on top 🙂

Not a fan of dirt cups? The ice cream alone is delicious. Don’t pass it up!

Dirt Cups Made with Apple Cider Ice Cream

Cook Time: 2 hours

Dirt Cups Made with Apple Cider Ice Cream



  1. In a large pan, boil apple cider for approximately an hour. You should only have a layer of apple cider about 1 inch thick left in the pan.
  2. Remove the apple cider and cool in the fridge for at least 1 hour. The apple cider will be more gelatinous than liquid.
  3. Soften ice cream.
  4. Add apple cider to ice cream one spoonful at a time. Taste the ice cream as you go to achieve the apple cider taste you are looking for. You will not use all of the apple cider reduction.
  5. Put ice cream in the freezer for at least 20 minutes.
  6. While you are waiting for the ice cream to be done, scrape the Oreo filling from the Oreo cookies and add to a plastic bag. Crush the cookies.
  7. Scoop ice cream into a cup and top with Oreo crumbs. Add gummy worms and serve!
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Check out the book that inspired the treat: