Perfect for a summer dessert, these chocolate pudding parfait cups are great for bringing along to parties, picnics, family dinners and anytime you’re in need of a super incredible dessert that everyone will love!
These chocolate pudding parfait cups are one of the most nostalgic recipes I’ve shared here on SweetPhi.com. Making chocolate pudding brings me back being in the kitchen with my German mother, learning how to cook.
One weekend a month my mother would take my three sisters and I to this little specialty German/European grocery store. It had a chocolate section that was incredible and of course included Lindt chocolate. We would each get to pick out a little LINDOR truffle and would then go outside the store where they had a little seating area and would sit and ceremoniously open the crinkly wrappers to enjoy the amazing chocolate within.
We went to the store because in addition to having a huge Lindt chocolate selection (longtime fans, clearly), they also sold German magazines. To this day my mom gets German magazines and it’s beyond cute – she’ll write little notes and dog ear pages in ones she think I’ll like. I grew up speaking German but then when we went to kindergarten and couldn’t speak English my parents decided it was time for more English around the house. I can still understand the language and can read and write at probably the level of a 2nd grader lol. The magazine always had recipes in them and we’d always try different ones out, it’s where I learned my love of cooking and trying new things out in the kitchen from.
I’ve been making homemade pudding for years and would just eyeball the ingredients going into the pot; one thing that always remains constant is the chocolate used: Lindt! I like using the Lindt EXCELLENCE line of chocolates – specifically the 70% cocoa chocolate. It gives the pudding an ultra smooth and delicious chocolate flavor. The quality of the chocolate really matters and makes the best pudding ever. Then for the crumble layers in the parfait cups I use the Lindt EXCELLENCE Intense Orange flavor which gives a hint of orange and those crumble layers – they really tie the parfait cups together and have a slightly soft crunchy texture.
Pudding cups are one of those things that everyone loves and that make for a super delicious dessert for family gatherings. They can also be made in a mason jar and then become easily transportable for picnics!
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Chocolate Pudding Parfait Cups
- For the pudding:
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 ¼ cups milk 2% is what I use
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 oz. Lind EXCELLENCE 70% cocoa chocolate chopped
- For the crumb layers:
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 4 graham cracker cookie rectangles
- 2 squares .7 oz.Lindt EXCELLENCE Intense Orange chocolate
- Start by making the pudding.
- In a medium sauce pot over medium-high heat, combine cornstarch and sugar and slowly pour in the milk, whisking as you pour. Cook for 5 minutes, whisking occasionally.
- After 5 minutes turn the heat down to medium and continue cooking the mixture, still whisking occasionally, for 5 minutes or until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla extract and chopped chocolate. Let the pudding sit in the pot for 5 minutes before assembling the parfait cups.
- While the pudding is cooling make the crumble layer. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl and set aside. Then in a food processor combine graham cracker cookies and Intense Orange chocolate squares. Pulsate until it forms a crumbly mixture (30 seconds). Pour contents into a bowl and slowly pour melted butter over the mixture. Stir until combined and a crumb mixture is formed.
- To assemble the parfait cups spoon 1-2 heaping tablespoons of the crumb mixture into the bottom of 4 cups (or mason jars) so that the bottom is covered, then top with about 1/3-1/2 cup pudding, then sprinkle another spoon or two of the crumble mixture onto the pudding and spoon remaining pudding between the cups. Serve warm or cold. Store in the refrigerator.
This post is brought to you by my partnership with Lindt, a company whose products I truly use and love. Thank you supporting the brands that make the SweetPhi blog possible, and as always, all thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
Susan Craig says
My husband buys the white chocolate truffles for my daughter. When she was little called them Princess Eggs.
Susan!!! That is the cutest thing I’ve ever heard!!! Thank you so much for commenting and sharing, truly such an adorable story!
Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire says
Those Lindor truffles give me life! Seriously, I cannot be controlled around them. I love the memories you shared of making pudding with your mother. Those kind of memories are the best!
Hahahaha, I’m the same way – I need to ration them otherwise it’s a no control situation. Pudding is definitely super nostalgic for me, and these pudding cups, man-o-man are they delicious 🙂
Maya | Wholesome Yum says
These look delicious, Phi! I love chocolate anything! Such a sweet story, too.
Thank you so much! Chocolate anything for me too 😉 I think you’d love these pudding parfait cups!
shawnna griffin says
hey girl this looks amazing! I love chocolate! Love the story about the chocolate store!
Thank you so much girl, those weekends with my mother and the chocolate store were always so special to me. Now whenever I have Lindt chocolate I think back to my childhood and smile.
Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It says
Homemade pudding is the BEST! I absolutely love your addition of Lindt Orange Chocolate, and that little orange slice?! Perfection. Presentation is everything! 😉 Have a great day Phi!
In 100% agreement with you over here – homemade pudding is the BEST!! The addition of the Lindt Orange in the crumble layer really brings these parfait cups together, they’re so great!
Look amazing love the sound of a crumble layer especially with lindt dark chocolate orange.
The crumble layer has this amazing soft-yet-crumbly texture and contrasts the smooth pudding so well – soooo good 🙂
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says
Lindt definitely knows a thing or two about chocolate, that’s for sure! And clearly you know ALL the things about homemade chocolate pudding deliciousness! These parfait cups look insanely delicious! These would be perfect for a party if they didn’t get devoured before all the guests arrived. 😉 LOVE this, Phi! Cheers!
I made these again for some guests coming over, and girl, just like you said – it was tough not eating them before everyone arrived lol, they’re just SO GOOD!
I used to work at a Hallmark store in high school that sold little lindor truffles at the counter.. I definitely gained 10lbs of chocolate weight that summer 😉 Love this recipe Phi! It looks so simple, easy, yet decadent.
I would seriously have eaten my wages in Lindor truffles in high school 😉 This recipe is definitely simple and easy – yet super decadent!
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy says
Oh god, those Lindor balls. My husband bought me a bag for my birthday and they didn’t even last until the end of the day. They are just too good to resist.
Hahaha, YES – I’m right there with you – Lind chocolate is just SO incredibly delicious!