I’ve been talking a lot about traditions lately. Maybe it is the time of year or maybe I am just feeling super sentimental; but I can’t help but reminiscence of days long ago, all while trying to embrace every little moment of today.
While my family had very specific traditions for every holiday growing up, one of the beautiful things about life is that as you grow older, become an adult, meet your significant other and begin your own family, new traditions are born. Because just like my family had our traditions, Eric’s family had their own. Getting together meant learning about each other, accepting quarks, and becoming one. I love that we both had very specific holiday traditions from our childhood but that we have also started our own.
Not only do traditions shape who you are, how you were raised in general, of course, plays a vital role as to how you view the world as an adult. Again, these little things are the things you hold on to as an adult or change once you start your own family. For us, many of these “preferences” revolve around food.
I quickly learned early in our relationship that Eric loves pudding. Like LOVES pudding. As simple as it is, his absolute favorite dessert is chocolate pudding pie, something his Mom always made him growing up. And if you ask him about his memory of elementary school, it’s not coloring, or playing on the play ground, it is the Snack Pack pudding cups his Mom packed in his lunch or the gray-haired lunch lady put on his tray as he walked through the lunch line. And to this day, if you ask him what he wants for dessert or if he wants a treat from the grocery store, he perks right up and says pudding!
As we have moved through the month of October, anxiously awaiting Halloween, we have carried on our priceless traditions. Our scary movie marathon, the pumpkin patch, carving pumpkins and of course concocting some cute and sometimes gross Ghoulish Grub! This Ghoulish Grub tradition has truly become our own, planning special Halloween treats and eats to enjoy as we watch and laugh at cheesy 1980’s “scary” movies.
This year when I asked Eric what he wanted to make, “something with pudding” was his immediate response! So we headed to Walmart to check out their scary movie selection, find inspiration from all their Halloween décor, and then headed right for the pudding aisle to grab every flavor Snack Pack Pudding (plus some tasty mix-ins) available!
We then came home popped in a haunting movie and with our powers combined, came up with these fun, cute and yummy Witch Snack Pack Pudding Parfaits! We had a blast making and eating these festive pudding parfaits and channeling Eric’s childhood! I can’t wait to add these to our ever growing collection of Ghoulish Grub recipes and continue this Halloween tradition for many years to come!
Ingredients (as needed):
Chocolate chips or chocolate candy melts
Coconut or canola oil
Sugar ice cream cones
Halloween colored sprinkles
Vanilla Snack Pack Pudding cups
Green food coloring
Extra Creamy or Chocolate Reddi Wip
Oreo cookies, crushed
Clear plastic cups
Black permanent marker
Place the chocolate chips/candy melts in a microwave safe bowl. Add ½-1 teaspoon oil for every 6-9 ounces of chocolate. Microwave in 15-20 second intervals, stirring each time, until chocolate is melted and smooth. Dip the round open top of an ice cream cone in the melted chocolate. Roll chocolate covered cone in Halloween colored sprinkles. Carefully flip ice cream cone over and dip the bottom tip into the melted chocolate. Dip chocolate covered ice cream cone tip in sprinkles. Place decorated ice cream cone, round open side down, on a wax paper lined plate. Repeat with remaining ice cream cones.
Pour Vanilla Snack Pack Pudding cups into a small bowl (you will need about 1 ½ pudding cups per clear plastic cup). Add desired amount of green food coloring to the bowl and stir to to combine.
Using the black permanent marker, draw a witch face on one side of the clear plastic cup. Spoon the green pudding into the prepared cup.
Top pudding in cup with desired amount of whipped topping. Top whipped topping with crushed Oreo cookies. Sprinkle any remaining colored sprinkles on top of cookies. Carefully place decorated ice cream cone in the center of the pudding parfait on top of cookies. Adore your cute little witch and then grab a spoon and dig in!
Ready to make your own spooky Snack Pack Pudding treats? Check out the Pinterest board above for a ton of adorable and tasty ideas and then head to Walmart and look for this special Snack Pack Pudding display to grab everything you need!