When it comes to Halloween costumes, I’ve always been the lame mom who persuades her kids to be witches or cats simply because I can’t sew or even figure out how to turn on a glue gun. I once talked a child into dressing up as a ghost, put a white sheet over his head, and cut holes for the eyes. (He didn’t win a prize at our town’s annual Halloween costume parade.)
Where Halloween food is concerned, however, I have managed to redeem myself. Our house always ends up being the place where everyone comes to eat before trick or treating. Since no meal’s complete without dessert (and that includes Halloween), I serve cookies, brownies, or a cake after the pizza and salad. And if I am pressed for time, I make parfaits. These start off with a couple of puddings that you can pick up in the dairy case of the supermarket, and rely on your favorite candies for decoration (along with whipped cream and cookie crumbs). You could also make these with low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt, and top them with granola or another crunchy high-fiber cereal. Happy Halloween to all!
- 2 (4-oz) vanilla puddings
- Red and yellow food coloring
- 2 (4-oz) chocolate puddings
- Whipped cream
- 4 chocolate sandwich cookies, like Oreos, crumbled
- Candy corn, orange jellybeans, and orange candies
Spoon the vanilla pudding into a bowl. Add red and yellow food coloring. Tint to desired shade of orange.
In 4 parfait dishes or large stemmed glasses, layer orange pudding and chocolate pudding twice. Top with whipped cream and crumbled chocolate cookie crumbs.
Make variations: Fill a dessert dish with orange-tinted pudding. Top with whipped cream and cookie crumbs. Or layer both colors of pudding with orange jellybeans, top with whipped cream, and finish with candy corn. Or put some cookie crumbs in between the layers.
You can assemble these several hours ahead of time and store in the refrigerator, but add the whipped cream just before serving.