Gelatin Diaries: Halloween Triple Treat Parfait


It is October and of course the month of Halloween so I figured I would feature a few holiday themed treats. Today I made the Triple Treat Parfait from the 1977 children’s cookbook Amazing Magical Jell-O Desserts. Why is it called “Triple Treat”? Well because it includes three layers: gelatin, whipped cream and pudding. The originally recipe called for the gelatin layer to be lime flavored with peppermint extract. Though when I saw it I immediately thought Halloween and therefore change the gelatin layer to orange and got rid of peppermint extract. I used the Cool Whip that the recipe called for even though I am usually team homemade whipped cream. You can use either. It really doesn’t matter nor impacts the end result of this recipe.


This is super easy to put together it just requires some patience to wait in between steps. I was all about simple after the time I had with the Basic Bavarian a couple of weeks ago. Of course this does not need to be Halloween with chocolate pudding and orange Jell-O. You can change up the layers with any flavor combination your heart desires!


Halloween Triple Treat Parfait

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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An easy parfait that layers gelatin, whipped cream and pudding.

source: Amazing Magical Jell-O Desserts (1977)


  • 1 3 oz package Jell-O, any flavor (I used orange)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 cup whipped cream or non-dairy whipped topping
  • 1 4 oz package Jell-O Instant Pudding (I used chocolate)
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • Optional: sprinkles and extra whipped cream or whipped topping


  1. Dissolve gelatin in the boiling water. Then mix in the cold water.
  2. Pour into four parfait glasses filling it just over 1/3 of the way fill. Chill until it is set which usually takes about four hours.
  3. Spoon two tablespoons of the whipped cream or non dairy whipped topping into the glass. Spread so it is even.
  4. In a separate bowl, prepare the pudding mix as the direction calls on the package. It usually calls for the pudding to be mixing with the cold milk for 5 minutes.
  5. Carefully spoon the pudding over the whipped topping and spread so the top is flat and even. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Optional: Garnish with extra whipped topping and sprinkles.

NOTE: How many parfaits you get will be determined with what kind of glasses you use. I was able to get only four with the Irish coffee mugs I used with a little extra of the gelatin and pudding mixtures left over. If you use smaller glasses then you maybe able to get six or even eight and vice versus if you use larger glasses.  Also you could just layer this in one large glass bowl instead.


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