18 Oct

“Smashed Pumpkin” & “Poisonous” Parfaits

Smashed Pumpkin Halloween Parfaits

CREATIVE PRESENTATION is always a huge plus when it comes to desserts, but sometimes that “so cute!” presentation can also mean “way too time consuming”, which is never a good thing in my book. Luckily that is NOT the case with these fun little mini parfaits, which were also inspired by the fabulous Bewitched party from Frog Prince Paperie!

These mini desserts are actually VERY quick & easy to make (yay!) – especially if you have a piping tool, which helps get the pudding into those narrow parfait glasses both quickly and neatly. I used Wilton’s Dessert Decorator Plus, which is around $14.99 and available in-store at Michaels. If you use instant pudding, these honestly take about 15-20 minutes to make, from start to finish. Nice. ;)

Smashed Pumpkin Halloween Parfaits



You’ll Need:

• 1 box Jello Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
• 2 cups milk (as called for on the pudding box)
• 1/8 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice*
• Orange Gel Food Coloring
• Oreo Cookies, crushed
• Green Nonpareils
• Piping tool (such as the Dessert Decorator Plus) OR ziplock bags
• Mini cordial/parfait glasses with spoons, such as Pier 1’s Mini Cordial Tasting Party Set
• Free printable “Smashed Pumpkin Parfaits” label

Make instant vanilla pudding as directed on box. *Stir in pumpkin pie spice until well blended. Tint pudding bright orange using orange gel food coloring. Gel coloring works better than drops and won’t thin the pudding out as much.

Fill your piping tool with pudding or use a ziplock bag with one of the corners snipped off. Layer the ingredients into the glasses, starting with a little bit of pudding, then a layer of nonpareils, followed by a couple small scoops of oreos. Repeat. You should end up with 6 layers total.


Note: If you can make these ahead of time and let them sit for a few hours, the nonpareils will bleed a little, giving a nice “Halloween” look! If you’re going to let them sit in the fridge for a while though,  I recommend not adding the topmost layer of cookies until close to party time so that they retain a nice crunch.

*If you think the little ones will prefer vanilla pudding to pumpkin-flavored, just skip the spice – you’ll still get the “pumpkin look” from the food coloring.


Use the same method as above, just substituting orange nonpareils for the green ones and White Chocolate or Cheesecake pudding for the Vanilla pudding and using the pudding on every other layer for a total of 8 layers. (pudding / nonpareils / pudding / cookies) The vanilla has a much stronger yellow tint to it, and you want to get as close to “pure white” as possible. Download the “Poisonous Parfaits” label for free right here.

Paula also made the most adorable little witch hats for the tasting spoons to “wear” on her version of these. Check them out (with a tutorial!) here.


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katrina SAYS:

Where did you find your mini spoons? I got a 5 pack @ the christmas shoppe, when I went back to get more they were out :/

October 18, 2011 at 11:48 am

jenn s. SAYS:

They actually came in a set with the cordial/parfait glasses that I used. The set was from Pier 1 and is part of their “Tasting Party” collection :)

October 19, 2011 at 5:08 am

Celeste SAYS:

would you be so kind as to tell me the name of the font used to write “Smashed” and “Poisonous”? I downloaded your free Spellbound Sweets pdfs, and I’d like to use the same font on the blanks! Some of those fonts can get pretty pricey, but maybe this one isn’t that much? I share your site with my sisters in CA (they don’t browse as much as I do!) LOVE your ideas! Thank you for the free downloads!

October 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm

jenn s. SAYS:

Sure – it’s called “Nelly Flourish” :)

October 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Sweet Tea with Cindy SAYS:

So festive and cute! :) Cindy

October 18, 2011 at 1:52 pm

GrandeMocha SAYS:

October 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Liz - Image3D SAYS:

These are really adorable for a Halloween party. Thanks for sharing the tutorial on making them.

October 19, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Jennifer SAYS:

Very cute! I’m going to make this for our party next week. Can you tell me how many parfaits one box of pudding makes?

October 10, 2012 at 10:42 am
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