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Groundhog Day Treats

Make Groundhog Grub

We love Groundhog Day at our house, I think it is because the first thoughts of spring come with Groundhog Day.  We love the holidays between October and New Year’s Eve, but January and February can be such cold bleak months, that anything that can get our minds thinking spring… is worth celebrating. 

I can probably say that Groundhog Day is the holiday our family thinks about most next to the end-of-year holidays!

Every year we make these Groundhog Day treats that we have called Groundhog Grub. I’ve made them for my kids and their friends, and have taken them to co-op around the holiday… these have always been a hit.

Groundhog day printables

I didn’t reinvent the wheel here with these. My husband’s family LOVES no-bake cookies, which I hadn’t heard of until I met him, which he says is odd, but if you’ve had no-bakes, you know they look like little piles of dirt. They taste yummy of course, but when I was trying to find some treats to make for Groundhog Day, I kept finding pudding cups with ground-up Oreo cookies and worms… and that is when it dawned on me to add gummy worms to the no-bakes.

Of course, these could be used for any party, especially one that might be about dirt or worms. These would be so fun at a Diary of a Worm party!

This recipe is fairly easy to adapt to an organic treat or even to modify for allergies. You can use coconut milk or gluten-free oats. Also for those sensitive to dyes or just wanting to have better ingredients, take a look at these organic worms, there are even gummy worms free of the top ten allergies.

What You’ll Need

Remember, you can substitute dairy-free products for dairy products, gluten-free oats for regular oats, and another nut butter for peanut butter, however, remember with any substitution, the end product is often different. That doesn’t mean bad! 

You’ll need…

  • sugar
  • cocoa
  • butter
  • milk
  • peanut butter
  • vanilla
  • oatmeal
  • gummy worms

These are easy to make, but the one thing to emphasize here is to allow the mixture to boil for a full 90 seconds to allow the look and consistency of true no-bake cookies. Also, if you just want no-bakes… omit the gummy worms!

Enjoy Your Treats

For more about Groundhog Day, check out my post 9 Groundhog Day facts and if you have littles, check out this post, Groundhog Day for Kids for some more fun things to do on Groundhog Day!

If you make this please let me know what you think! You can comment below or head over to Instagram or Facebook and share your pics… tag me @bemandfam!

BEM and Fam 🙂

Groundhog Grub

Fun treat for Groundhog Day or anytime!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, groundhog day, no bake
Author: Bettina Zabel
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 20+ gummy worms
  1. In a heavy saucepan bring to a boil ON MEDIUM HEAT sugar, cocoa, butter, and milk. Stir often. Let boil for 60-90 seconds. 

  2. Once boiled. take off heat and add peanut butter, vanilla, and oatmeal. Stir well.

  3. Drop mixture, by the spoonful, on wax paper and push in a gummy worm. Allow to cool.

Recipe Notes

It is important that the instructions are followed. The mixture needs to be brought to a boil for 60-90 seconds or it will not have the right consistency. 

I made this once for a coop party for several kids and there were several allergies. Many were gluten free, some were dairy intolerant but could handle butter, there was a peanut allergy, and many were dye free. I started by using dye-free, organic gummy worms (like Black Forest) and use these every time I make them for our family. However, for the allergies I used gluten-free oats, another nut butter, and coconut milk. The only things I haven't really substituted are the butter and sugar. Perhaps something like Monk Fruit in the Raw and coconut oil might work. If you do try these, let me know how they turn out!


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