It Isn’t May Without a Chocolate Parfait

May 1st is National Chocolate Parfait Day, and I can’t think of a more delicious reason to celebrate! My name is Kathey Raskin, and I’d like to welcome you to my Las Vegas kitchen to learn how to whip up this easy dessert. A traditional parfait has a base of sugar syrup, egg, and cream, but you can make an easy version using ice cream, gelatins, instant pudding, whipped cream, or any other number of simple ingredients. You can also make healthy versions of this treat using fresh fruit, but we’re not here for that today, LOL!


Once you’ve tried my Ultimate Easy Chocolate Parfait recipe, you’ll understand why they chose to name this dessert after the word “perfect” in French. It really is perfection!



1 package instant chocolate pudding

2 cups full-fat milk

1 8 oz tub of frozen whipped topping, thawed

¾ cup crushed chocolate cookies

¼ cup chocolate chips

grated chocolate for garnish

whipped cream



To make the Ultimate Easy Chocolate Parfait, make the pudding according to the directions on the box and allow to chill until done. Crush the chocolate cookies of your choice up in a baggie. Layer the pudding, the whipped topping, the chocolate cookies, and the chocolate chips into 6 parfait glasses, then top with whipped cream and grated chocolate. Chill for one hour, then dive right in! It’s harder to wait the hour than you might think.


Here’s a fun twist on the parfait – Cookies ‘n Cream!


Mmmm…DIY Oreo Cookie Parfaits!