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Grapefruit Meringue Shells

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing


8 servings

“This pretty citrus dessert is refreshing, simple to make and elegant-looking. It's popular at our house both after a meal and with tea in the afternoon or evening.” Patricia Polewski - McAllen, Texas
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  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package (.8 ounce) sugar-free cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup red grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 medium red grapefruit, peeled and sectioned
  • 1 cup reduced-fat whipped topping


  1. Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Add cream of tartar; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved.
  2. Drop eight mounds onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Shape into 3-in. cups with the back of a spoon. Bake at 225° for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until set and dry. Turn oven off; leave meringues in oven for 1 hour. Cool on wire racks.
  3. For filling, combine the pudding mix, grapefruit juice and milk in a small saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Cook and stir 1-2 minutes longer or until thickened. Transfer to a bowl. Cover surface with waxed paper; refrigerate until chilled.
  4. Just before serving, spoon pudding into meringue shells. Garnish with grapefruit and whipped topping.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 147 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 89mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch.

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  • jolleylady
    May 1, 2010


  • asnunez
    Apr 29, 2010

    To judygill1, The pudding is sugar-free. Thus the weight difference--sweetener, less is used and it is much lighter than regular sugar ;) If you want to use regular pudding instead of the sugar-free type, it should prep about the same.///I made this in lemon and used raspberries instead of the grapefruit. YUMMY!!

  • judygill1
    Apr 29, 2010

    Since pudding does not come in an .8 oz package, do you mean a 3.4 oz package?

  • pullet
    Apr 29, 2010

    I haven't tried it yet,as I cannot eat grapefruit.Was wondering about using orange instead

  • tkarinas
    Apr 29, 2010

    Grapefruit meringue shells is a simple, easy dessert that my family only makes for special occasions. It tastes so good, we keep it for days when we want a special meal and it's a perfect finish to an awesome supper.