Friday, February 11, 2011

Strawberry and Chocolate Mousse Parfaits

Valentines day just doesn't seem complete without some form of chocolate and strawberries. Perhaps it is a bit early to be purchasing them. Who can resist, though, the sweet, juicy goodness of a strawberry. To me, it is "nature's candy."

I do tend to be more of a food purist. I prefer to avoid process foods in all forms. The reality is, however, that I do sometimes sneak them in for the sake of convenience. For me, this is an exception, not the rule. Therefore, for the purposes of this recipe, I have incorporated half a package of instant pudding. It makes for a wonderful consistency.

This dessert will be a perfect ending to a nice valentine dinner. How will you be spending your Valentines Day this year?

Strawberry and Chocolate Mousse Parfaits

  • 12 ounces fresh strawberries
  • 4 ounces dark or milk chocolate, shaved
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 pkg. 4 serving size instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped

Slice strawberries, keep four whole as a garnish for the middle
In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and the pudding mix. Refrigerate until firm and set about 10 minutes.
In a medium size mixing bowl beat the cream cheese and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the prepared pudding. Fold in the whipped cream. Refrigerate until chilled about 30-45 minutes.
In parfait, champagne glasses or other glassware, evenly distribute the mousses between 4 glasses. Sprinkle each parfait with shaved chocolate. Garnish with strawberries.
If not serving immediately, refrigerate parfaits covered with plastic wrap.

Notes: You can substitute the shaved chocolate for cookie crumbs if desired.
This recipe can easily be doubled.

Yield: 4 servings


  1. I think you made these back in May when my fiance graduated and they were DELICIOUS! The photography is gorgeous, too!

  2. Gorgeous! Maybe our strawberries will do well again this year and some of them can go into this dessert. Mmmm!