If your crowd is elegant, use finer ingredients
than crushed Oreos and M&Ms. Photo
courtesy Gather By Damico | Minneapolis.
Add a special element to any small party, or even a quiet evening with the family, by putting together a mix and match pudding parfait bar. It’s a popular annual event at our place; and unlike ice cream parfaits, pudding doesn’t melt.
If you don’t have glass dessert dishes, use juice glasses or wine glasses so people can enjoy their layering talents.
You can make the pudding or buy it. At different times. we’ve made instant pudding or cooked pudding, even cooked from scratch (mixing and measuring all the ingredients). Sophisticated palates will prefer the cooked variations.
Here’s what else you need:
MIX & MATCH PUDDING PARFAITS
Pudding (offer several flavors, e.g. banana, butterscotch, chocolate, vanilla, lemon)
Crushed cookies (chocolate chip, chocolate wafers, gingersnaps, grahams, vanilla wafers)
Cake and brownie cubes
Crunchy Or Chewy Layers
Nuts (our favorites are pistachios, candied peanuts and spiced pecans)
Small candies (candy corn, chocolate chips/flavored chips, M&Ms, mini marshmallows, toffee chips, shredded coconut)
Berries or diced fruit
Cherry pie filling, fruit purée, fruit curd or preserves
Caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, dulce de leche, marshmallow cream
Whipped peanut butter (use Jif Peanut Butter Whips or make your own)
Whipped cream or other topping
Customize the ingredients to your crowd and the occasion. If you’d rather have pistachio or maple pudding, team colors, a layer of crushed peanut butter cups or Corn Flakes, and so forth, by all means set them out!
NEW PRODUCT: TRUWHIP 100% NATURAL WHIPPED
If you like frozen whipped topping but not all the chemical additives, now there’s an all-natural alternative.
Truwhip is the first frozen whipped topping that is 100% natural and gluten-free. Made from plant-based ingredients, it contains no high fructose corn syrup, no hydrogenated oils, no polysorbate 60, no trans fats and no GMOs.
It’s also gluten-free and certified kosher (dairy) by OU.
Truwhip Natural and Truwhip Skinny look just like the other stuff and can be used in the same way:
In coffee and hot chocolate
As a dessert topping
In parfaits sundaes
For snacking (cookie sandwiches, anyone?)
Truwhip Natural has 30 calories, 20 from fat, per two-tablespoon serving. Truwhip Skinny has 25 calories, 15 from fat.
Discover more at Truwhip.com.
In terms of the flavor, to quote one of our tasters:
“It tastes different from Cool Whip. You kind of get used to all those chemicals.”
It tastes like what it is: cool, creamy and natural.
Truwip, in Natural (regular) and Skinny (reduced fat). Photos courtesy Peak Foods.