I love working in the kitchen with my kids. I’m also extremely busy, between blogging, shuttling kids around, and participating in church activities.
If I make a treat in the kitchen, it has to be easy. And quick.
When I saw this recipe for a Jellybean Garden on the Walmart website, I knew this would be the perfect Easter treat to make with Gracie.
How to Plant a Jellybean Garden for Easter
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The base of this Jellybean Garden is chocolate pudding. And what is more quick or simple than making pudding?
As with any garden, you need good dirt. The “dirt” in this jellybean garden is really crushed up Oreos. I scraped the cream out of the centers and placed the chocolate cookies in a zippered storage bag. Then I gave Gracie a rolling pin and let her roll until the cookies became crumbs.
A food processor would work well to make cookie crumbs, too, but what fun is that?
Once the “dirt” is spread over the pudding, it’s time to plant the jellybeans! We used strawberry flavored Starburst jellybeans, because they are our favorite jellybean flavor.
Place the jellybeans on top of the “dirt”, then gently push them into the “dirt” as you would a real flower seed.
Gracie’s favorite part of making this jellybean garden (besides eating it, of course) was making the grass.
How do you make grass for a jellybean garden?
Put two cups of sweetened coconut flakes in a quart sized zippered bag. Add a few drops of green food coloring and shake like crazy.
Then spread the “grass” over the planted jellybeans.
Finally, we decorated the jellybean garden with our favorite candy, all of which we found at Walmart:
- A chocolate bunny
- Peeps bunnies
- Peanut M&Ms
- A Cadbury cream egg
- Blow Pops (I recommend using the smaller Dum Dums instead. The Blow Pops were a little heavy and fell over after a while.)
We had so much fun decorating our jellybean garden! It was so beautiful it was hard to eat!
Until my thirteen year old son came by and asked for a nice big serving.
Teenage boys don’t appreciate the artistic beauty of a jellybean garden, apparently. But they do appreciate the way it tastes!
Gracie and I had so much fun making our jellybean garden, I think we’ll have to make another one next year!
Be sure to check out more fun Easter recipes:
Easter Jellybean Garden Recipe
- 2 - 3.9 oz boxes instant chocolate pudding mix
- 4 cups 2% or whole milk
- 1 cup crushed chocolate wafer cookies
- 2 cups sweetened, flaked coconut
- 3 drops liquid green food coloring
- 24 jellybeans
- Assorted candy for decorating: peeps, chocolate bunnies, Cadbury eggs, M&Ms, dum dums, or other Easter candy of your choice
- Mix pudding with milk according to package directions. After it sets, spread it into a 7"x9" baking dish.
- Sprinkle crushed cookies (the dirt) over the top of the pudding.
- "Plant" 24 jellybeans by pushing them through the "dirt", into the pudding.
- Sprinkle the green coconut flakes over the cookie crumbs.
- Decorate the "garden" with assorted Easter candy. Be creative!