Valentine’s Day Dessert: Quick and Easy Pudding Parfait

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Happy Valentine’s Day to you!  I hope you’re having a great day and are able to do something you enjoy today to celebrate.  I just got done making a quick and easy and oh-so-pretty dessert for our family.  We’re going to dig in after dinner tonight.  If you’re a last-minute planner like me, you still have time to throw this one together if you need a quick dessert idea.  Here’s how I made it:

Ingredients:
One 3.9oz. package of chocolate instant pudding
One 3.9oz. package of white chocolate instant pudding
4 cups of milk
red food coloring
1 container of whipped topping, defrosted
1 chocolate candy bar
pink or red sprinkles (optional)

Directions:
Prepare the chocolate pudding as directed with 2 cups of milk and put in the refrigerator to set. Pour 2 cups of milk in a second bowl to make the white chocolate pudding.  Before you dump the packet in the milk, stir in 6 drops of red food coloring to turn the milk pink.  Then add the white chocolate pudding mix and whisk together until blended.  Put in the refrigerator to set.  After about 5-10 minutes the pudding should be firm.

Take 1/3 of the chocolate pudding and put it into an empty bowl.  Do the same thing with the pink white chocolate pudding.  Mix into each of those smaller amounts 1/3 of the whipped topping.  You should now have 4 bowls: one with chocolate pudding, one with pink white chocolate pudding, one with chocolate pudding mixed with whipped topping, and one with pink white chocolate pudding mixed with white topping.

Layer the puddings into 4 wine glasses or serving dishes in any order you’d like.  Try to spread out and smooth out each layer with the back of  a spoon before adding the next layer. Finish with a dollop of cool whip, dividing the remaining 1/3 of the container among all 4 dessert cups..  Make chocolate curls by peeling the chocolate bar with a vegetable peeler and garnish the pudding cups with them.  Finish it off with some pink or red sugar sprinkles if you’d like!

(Serves 4, but you could probably stretch it beyond that especially if you used smaller serving dishes.)

See?  Super easy and aren’t they pretty?  I can’t wait for my daughter to see them.  She loves fancy desserts.

Here are a few more helpful tips:

  • When you’re dividing your puddings into thirds to scoop some out to mix with the whipped topping, take a knife and draw a peace sign in the pudding.  This will evenly divide the pudding up into thirds.  Then scoop out one triangle.
  • Keep a paper towel handy.  It’s hard to not smudge some of the pudding along the walls of the glass when you’re dropping in the layers. If you make a little smudge just wipe it clean with your paper towel.
  • You could easily adapt this to any holiday. Change the pink to green for St. Patty’s day, or just mix up a couple different pastel colors for Easter.

Enjoy!

 

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