Halloween Dirt: Toddler Approved Chocolate and Whipped Cream Parfait

Every year at the big family Christmas party there is always a family-style size parfait, fondly referred to as “Dirt”.  For today’s post I created individual size parfaits, kid style.  When thinking about ingredients to create the parfaits the following came to mind: cake, whipped cream, and chocolate pudding.  I kept the decorations simple, but thought about our recent trip to our favorite Cape Cod candy story, The Chatham Candy Manor.  They had the cutest white marshmallow ghosts so I knew I wanted to use them in these mini-parfaits.
candyinspiration_makeandtaste-2The parfaits couldn’t be easier to make.  My toddler loved adding each ingredient into the cup and creating a mess (see below).  I also used a pastry bag to make cleaner layers, it worked well, so consider that option.  You can make these parfaits before your party begins or have everything set up so the kids can create their own masterpiece.  Either way, it’s a fun, interactive dessert for your guests.

What is your favorite parfait or “dirt” combination?  leave a comment below



Halloween Dirt

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Yields: 12


  • 1 - 8 Ounce container of Cool Whip
  • 1 - 12 pack of Jello Chocolate Pudding (3.75 ounce individual containers)
  • 3 - packs of Peeps Marshmallow Candies
  • 1/2 Box - Devils Food Cake Mix OR Package of Oreo Cookies
  • 1 - Pack 12 clear 10 ounce clear cups


  1. You have two options for the "dirt" part of this dessert. Either crush up Oreo cookies, or bake a chocolate devils food cake. If using the cake, only about half is used for the 12 parfaits, so if making more than 12, bake the entire cake, per box instructions
  2. Add a cake or Oreo layer to the bottom of the cup, then a large spoonful of cool whip, 1/2 of one 3.75 oz pudding container and repeat
  3. Add decorations and marshmallow candy to the top once you have filled the cup to your desired amount

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