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Fun and Simple Beach Pudding Cups

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These Beach Pudding Cups are beyond fun and easy to make. Who doesn’t want to walk around holding a plastic cup full of pudding mixture, red gummy fish, and (possibly) cool whip?

Don’t forget to add in the pink flamingos or cute drink umbrellas to really bring it all together! Pair this up with a few learning lessons from our Ocean Animals Unit Study!

make these delicious beach pudding cups with a few simple ingredients

The best part of this recipe is how the crush graham crackers really do look like sand! It makes me want to dig out my summer pair of flip flops and head to the beach! Seems like it’s the perfect summer treat to get everyone geared up and ready.

Beach Pudding Cups

Who knew you could do such a fun and simple dessert with vanilla pudding mix? All you need is some pudding mix and milk and you’ll be creating a beach scene that the kids are going to love.

I’ve found that layered this takes no time at all and it’s a simple process that the kids can help with. And then when you stick in the fish and flamingo, you really do create quite an adorable beach scene.

This is a fun and simple dessert that you can make up in a short amount of time without having to turn on your oven at all. (and who really wants to turn on the oven when it’s blazing hot outside?!)

Our boys still love this simple treat, no matter how old they’ve gotten. It’s a simple way to put a smile on their face and get them excited and ready for the warmer months. (I’m not gonna lie – I like it, too!)

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What else could you use to make the “sand”?

If you’re not a fan of using graham crackers, you can toss some golden Oreos in the food processor to create that sand-like look. You can also use vanilla Teddy Grahams, too, as long as you can get them caused up finely. (a rolling pin works really well to crush them up!)

Specialty Ingredients:

The following ingredients are affiliate links on Amazon because they may be a bit hard to find in your normal store.  I wanted you to be able to see exactly which things we are using.

Reminder, not all ingredients in the Beach Pudding Cup Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for

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Make it a Meal:

This Summer Pudding Cup recipe is one of those recipes that make meal planning easy. When we’re craving something simple and easy, we know that this dish can happen no matter what.

Main Dish: Pork Chops and Rice

Vegetable Side: Easy Bean Dip Recipe

Starch Side: Onion Mashed Potato Casserole

Refreshing Drink: Fun Rainbow Mocktail

make these delicious beach pudding cups with a few simple ingredients

Best Pudding Recipes:

Once you make this Instant Pudding Recipe, you’re going to be craving that tasty and easy option more and more! Luckily, I’ve rounded up some great recipes that happen to use pudding as a main ingredient. (and a couple that doesn’t but is totally fun to add to your dessert menu!)

This Banana Bread Pudding will have you loving every single bite.

Check out the ease of this Caramelized Pear-Bread Pudding! It’s full of a flavor and taste that you’re going to crave!

Add a little healthy to your dessert with this Chocolate Avocado Pudding!

This Layered Banana Pudding recipe is certain to remind you of your childhood.

The kids will love this simple and fun recipe for Quick Sand Pudding!

Okay, maybe this isn’t pudding but this Carrot Cake Dip recipe is another great recipe where you can add fun things to it to create something awesome!

Since we’re channeling dips, don’t forget about this fun Unicorn Fruit Dip too!

between the crunchy graham crackers and the yummy pudding no one will notice that these beach pudding cups actually came from a box

Does this recipe use cream cheese?

It doesn’t. The “water” in this recipe is the instant pudding mix and that’s really all the creaminess that it needs. All you have to do is then add in the blue food coloring to give it that fun coloring and look.

There are a lot of recipes that use cream cheese for dips and fun desserts but when I say that this recipe is simple, it’s beyond easy!

More Graham Cracker Recipes:

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Beach Pudding Cups

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

These Beach Pudding Cups are so simple and fun!


  • 1 small package vanilla instant pudding
  • Blue food coloring
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • Flamingo candy
  • Fish candy


  1. Start by mixing the pudding according to the package directions. Once done, add in the blue food coloring.
  2. To make your crumbs, place the graham crackers in a zip lock back and roll over them with a rolling pin until they are finely crushed up.
  3. Take the graham cracker crumbs and put them on the bottom of the cup. Once done, pour your blue pudding over the top of those crumbs.
  4. Next, take and sprinkle more graham cracker crumbs over half of the top of the pudding.
  5. Put in your candy flamingo and candy fish.
  6. Serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 287Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 319mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 15g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 5/30/2020

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