ROCKY ROAD PUDDING PARFAITS

These Rocky Road Pudding Parfaits, they are DELICIOUS, and yes they make you feel 1. like you’re a kid again, and 2. like it’s summertime. Clearly I’m ready for summertime, but clearly I am way ahead of the Summit County, Colorado weather schedule because it’s totally supposed to snow today.

So much goodness, so easy to make and well, they just make you feel all good inside. Plus, you can totally pretend it’s summer and you’re back chillin in the warm sun on summer break with not a care in the world.

 ROCKY ROAD PUDDING PARFAITS

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 ROCKY ROAD PUDDING PARFAITS

INGREDIENTS :
CHOCOLATE PUDDING:

  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups whole milk or canned full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet or dark chocolate chopped

CREAM:

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar

ROCKY ROAD:

  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts chopped
  • 1/4 cup roasted almonds chopped
  • cup vanilla chocolate or chocolate peanut butter ice cream, for serving (optional)
  • melted chocolate or hot fudge for serving (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. In a medium size sauce pan, combine the sugar, cocoa powder, pinch of salt and cornstarch and whisk until combined. Slowly pour in the milk, whisking until smooth. Place the pan over medium heat and bring to a low boil, whisking consistently. Cook for about 8-10 minutes or until the mixture has thickened and is pudding like. Remove from the heat and stir in the chopped chocolate and vanilla.
  2. Scoop about 3/4 cup of the pudding out into a separate bowl. Cover and place in the fridge to chill. Divide the remaining pudding between 4-6 parfait glasses. Cover and place in the fridge to chill.
  3. Meanwhile, add the cream to a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, whip the cream until soft peaks form. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and whip until combined. Grab the reserved 3/4 cup chocolate pudding from the fridge. Fold the pudding into the whipped cream.
  4. Divide the whipped cream among each parfait glass.
  5. In a bowl, mix together the peanuts, almonds, marshmallows and chocolate chips. Sprinkle the rocky road evenly over top each parfait. Chill the parfaits, covered until ready to serve.
  6. To serve, top each parfaits with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate or fudge sauce. EAT!

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