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Chocolate Berry Parfaits

 Chocolate Berry Parfaits
This creamy dessert is easy to make for weekday dinners, yet pretty enough for company. Instant chocolate pudding is layered with a mixture of pureed strawberries and whipped cream to create yummy parfaits. For quicker results, use whipped topping rather than whipping cream...or serve in a single bowl.
4-6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cold 2% milk
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen sweetened strawberries, thawed
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Sliced fresh strawberries, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand
  • for 2 minutes or until soft-set; set aside. Drain strawberries
  • (discard the juice or save for another use); place berries in a
  • blender. Cover and process until smooth; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream and sugar until stiff peaks form. Gently
  • fold in strawberry puree. Divide half of the chocolate pudding among
  • four or six parfait glasses. Top with half of the strawberry
  • mixture. Repeat layers. Garnish with a strawberry slice if desired.
  • Yield: 4-6 servings.
Editor's Note: 2 cups of whipped topping may be substituted for the whipping cream and sugar.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 317 calories, 18 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 65 mg cholesterol, 329 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.