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As many of you know, Holidays are my Mecca, as a culinary grad it is my time to show my love through food. While I certainly have my favorite desserts to make for Thanksgiving, my family recently asked me if we could change things up. They particularly wanted something to replace my usual pumpkin cheesecake. Honestly I thought they were crazy. That is when I got lucky to be chosen to work with Social Fabric because they, too, were looking for recipes, perfect timing!
My mission: Head to the baking center at Walmart and pick out my goodies!
I headed to my local Walmart and was asked to buy a few ingredients from a list and come up with a recipe using at least 3 items. I actually took my husband and son with me and bounced ideas off of them. One idea I had involved marshmallows on top off pudding. It was my son who talked me out of that one citing the flavor profile and textures wouldn’t be that great.
I decided to go SUPER EASY and SUPER AFFORDABLE. I settled on a Chocolate and Vanilla pudding parfait with shaved chocolate garnish. Funny thing about listening to what your kids want, they know I can make or bake anything as the “chef” but knew something more simple would be more pleasing. And when I say affordable, I really mean it because each big box of pudding cost only $1.18 and the semi-sweet dark chocolate was only 1.98! $5, 5-minute dessert, amazing!
So this recipe couldn’t be more simple but there is a little more work on the garnish and it can get messy without gloves but I am sure even kids can help!
1 pkg. JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding – 5.9 oz.
1 pkg. JELL-O Vanilla Instant Pudding – 5.1 oz.
1 pkg (4 oz.) BAKER’S Semi Sweet Dark Chocolate
- Prepare both puddings according to the directions. You are going to need 6 total cups of milk so make sure you have at least a half gallon on hand.
- Refrigerate the pudding for 5 minutes according to the directions.
- While the pudding is setting, open your Baker’s chocolate and put on some gloves (or not) and grab a veggie peeler and start peeling at the chocolate. You won’t get perfect curls but that’s the fun, you can’t mess it up! I did a mix of long steady scrapes for the curls but mostly used the shavings.
- Pour your chocolate pudding in first, either into individual serving cups (use clear ones for visual impact) or into one larger trifle type dish. do not let the pudding smear on the sides. Gently tap the dish to settle the pudding, this will level it as well.
- Layer the vanilla pudding on top of the chocolate, again tapping to settle.
- Add your chocolate shavings to the top.
- Keep this dessert in the fridge until serving time as it has milk in it. Personally I would just whip it together the night before the feast because it takes 5 minutes!
Our 18 year old son was the first to try it and we had to pry it from him to have some. He said the pudding was perfect because it wasn’t heavy like the cheesecakes but the chocolate on the top was the big star, according to him it tastes like cocoa pebbles and also says the dessert will not work without the shaved chocolate. I agree, there is just a richness that is added to the calmer pudding flavors. The only thing I would change is that I would have added whipped topping on top of the vanilla pudding but it is good either way.
FAST. EASY. AFFORDABLE. I could get used to this kind of Holiday cooking. And having everything I need in one spot at the store is also a time saver so it’s a win-win!
Get more holiday baking ideas and recipes from the Kraft page on Walmart.com!
Do you have any quick and easy recipe ideas using the goodies in the Kraft Baking Center at Walmart? Share them in the comments below!