S'mores Parfaits

Thursday, May 3, 2012

As you can probably tell, Stephen and I love anything that has to do with s'mores. So when we were trying to think of something cold to make that wouldn't take as much time or work as ice cream, we came up with these parfaits. I used my Chicago Metallic Mini Cheesecake Pan to shape them- it works well because you can pop them out from the bottom (this can be a little tricky but after the first few you'll get the hang of it). If you don't have the same pan, don't worry, you can always prepare them in regular glasses, jars or in plastic cups. If you need them to stay colder for a little longer, you can always make them ahead and freeze them overnight.

S'mores Parfaits
18 graham crackers squares (9 full sheets)
1/3 c. butter
1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4. c. heavy cream
2 c. mini marshmallows
1 1/2 c. whole milk
1 box (3.9 oz) Jello instant chocolate pudding
1 1/2 c. whipped cream or Cool Whip
1/4 c. semi-sweet mini morsels

1. Place graham crackers into a zip-lock bag, seal. Using a rolling pin or cup, smash the crackers into fine crumbs. Melt butter and add to graham crackers. Divide evenly and place into each cup. Press firmly. Set aside.
2. In a small bowl, combine milk and pudding packet. Stir with a hand held mixer for 2 minutes until combined. Add 1 c. of whipped cream or cool whip. Stir until incorporated. Chill until needed.
3. In a double broiler, combine 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips and heavy cream. Heat until mixture becomes smooth, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Pour over each crust (dividing evenly).
4. Remove chilled pudding mixture and place into a pastry bag or zip-lock bag. Pipe mixture into each cup, making sure to fill in any cracks. Smooth off the top. Place in freezer for 2 hours.
5. Before serving, remove from freezer. Let sit for 2-3 minutes, then remove from pan. Top with remaining cool whip and mini marshmallows. Sprinkle with mini chocolate morsels. Enjoy immediately.
*You may want to consider using a larger box of pudding and more cool whip if you are using something other than the mini cheesecake pan or if you are serving a bigger crowd.


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