Chocolate and mint are a great taste combination. This parfait recipe combines the two into an attractive dessert that looks as good as it tastes. The layers of chocolate and green whipped topping come together to make a very tasty treat. If you want more mint than sweet, you can delete the cookies and just use the mint patties for the garnish. This dessert looks wonderful when you set the glasses out in front of each person at the table. Watch everyone’s eyes get big as they look at what is to come for dessert.
If you do not have dessert glasses, you could get a chocolate crumb crust at the grocery store and layer the chocolate pudding and green whipped topping in it to make a delicious pie. It may not serve quite as many that way, but it is a great way to vary this recipe. Garnish it with a sprig of fresh mint if you really want to make a nice presentation.
This recipe is so easy. Use this recipe as an introduction to cooking for your young children. They will be delighted that they can make such a pretty dessert that everyone will love. Take some time with them in the kitchen and let them help. They can dump the pudding mix into the milk. They can take turns stirring the pudding with the whisk. They can help sprinkle the cookie mixture on top of each green layer. You will give them a good experience in the kitchen and they will feel a great sense of accomplishment. It may lead to them being confident in the kitchen, as they get older because they had a good initial experience with you. They will remember it for the rest of their lives and maybe share a similar experience with their own children someday. Watch their faces when the dessert they helped to make is served after dinner. It will be priceless.
Recipe for Grasshopper Parfaits
These cooling parfaits are fun to make and eat.
What You Need
- 1-1/2 cups chocolate sandwich cookies, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup chocolate covered mint patties, finely chopped
- 1 quart cold milk
- 2 packages (4 serving size) Jello chocolate instant pudding
- 2 drops green food coloring
- 2 cups whipped topping, thawed
How to Make It
In a small bowl, mix up the chopped mint patties and the cookies. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix the milk and pudding mixes. Beat using a wire whisk for 2 minutes. Let the pudding stand for 5 minutes.
Stir the food coloring into the whipped topping until it is a smooth, pale green.
Set out 12 dessert or parfait glasses. Take half of the pudding and divide it evenly between the 12 glasses. Add a layer of whipped topping in each glass and then a layer of the cookie mixture. Repeat the layers, finishing with the cookie and mint patty crumbles at the garnish.
Chill in the refrigerator for at least a half hour before serving.
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