St. Patrick's Day Parfaits

"This is a fun dessert to serve for St. Patrick's Day."
photo by SharonChen photo by SharonChen
photo by SharonChen
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photo by SharonChen photo by SharonChen
photo by SharonChen photo by SharonChen
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  • Prepare pudding according to package directions using the milk; chill until set.
  • When pudding is chilled, layer pudding, kiwifruit and green-tinted Cool Whip in clear dessert glasses (wine glasses will work well)-- do pudding-fruit-coolwhip then repeat, ending with a layer of Cool Whip.
  • Sprinkle a tiny amount of green coarse sugar on parfaits and refrigerate until serving.

Questions & Replies

  1. No one in my family likes kiwi. What can I substitute in its place?


  1. Lennie, these parfaits were excellent! Very festive and delicious also easy to prepare. Thanks so much!
  2. These were very easy to make and looked lovely on our table at the end of our St. Patrick's Day feast. My kiwis were smallish, so I added a few more - the tartness of the kiwis is a nice complement to the sweetness of the pudding. I omitted the green food coloring, leaving the Cool Whip white. The alternating layers of color - green pudding and white Cool Whip looked very nice - especially with the sprinkling of green sugar atop the final dollop of Cool Whip. I think I might try using real whipped cream next time, but my family really enjoyed it with the Cool Whip. These were very good - and your kids will love them.
  3. These were so easy and so good--we all wished I doubled the recipe and made more.
  4. Lennie, we really enjoyed this. I used real whipping cream which I left white and topped that with the dyed green raw sugar for a pretty contrast. Also, I layered chopped up pieces of homemade sugar cookies with the other ingredients, the first layer on the bottom of the glass being the cookie pieces, and so forth. The guests thought this was the highlight of the meal. It's been years since I made instant pudding, especially pistachio pudding but we got a kick out the whimsical and colorful presentation. For fun, I decorated each serving on top with a thin slice of kiwi and a mini shamrock-shaped sugar cookie with green sugar sprinkles. Thanks for the suggestion. CG
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  1. Going to tint dense vanilla cake and add chunks with or instead of kiwi and call it trifle!


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