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So I may be about to blow your mind here. I feel like I’m on Next Food Network Star where you weave in a personal story before or during a recipe, to draw viewers in. Perhaps this will have the desired effect. Then again, it’s about prunes. Many years ago, when Scarlet was a young toddler, I wanted her to eat mashed prunes. I didn’t know how to entice her with them, so I told her they were chocolate pudding! She had heard about chocolate pudding from the show “Caillou” and was very intrigued, so she happily asked for “chocolate pudding” and would eat it too! It was mashed (or strained) prunes every time.
We were on the same wavelength recently, because I was out at Walmart, stocking up on ingredients to make Halloween pudding cups, and Cassidy and Scarlet were on their own adventure. We all got home and discovered that they had bought Snack Pack Pudding, and I had bought Snack Pack Pudding. Serendipitous! It worked out well because Des likes chocolate more, and Scarlet is a vanilla kid. I put all my ingredients together, and decided to make Ghost Pudding Cups, two ways!
Snack Pack Pudding in Chocolate
Snack Pack Pudding in Vanilla
A variety of Go-Paks!
Black permanent marker
Googly eyes (optional)
We’re probably going to more than one party on Halloween, and during the week before. I’ll be happy to make these easy Ghost Pudding Cups for get-togethers with the kids. It just required a very easy trip to Walmart to stock up.
For the first ghost pudding cups, I use chocolate pudding, although you could easily use vanilla and butterscotch too. First I cut about a 2-3 inch tip off of the banana. Then I put it in the chocolate pudding. Here is where Go-Paks! come in handy:
I used OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, because they give a better appearance of dirt and earth, like a graveyard. Not only that, though, they also help to center and support the banana, so it looks like a ghost head and doesn’t fall into the pudding. I used small or medium-sized chocolate chips, making sure to put the pointy side into the banana so they stay in. Then I used Reddi-Wip for flavor and to create a swirly “mist” for the ghost to be flying in. It makes for a very delicious “ghost.”
The second ghost went through a prototype or two! This is the vanilla pudding ghost. I did like the idea of googly eyes and glue, but my googly eyes were big, and I wasn’t so keen on using glue. I think permanent marker would do just fine.
So for my final second ghost, I used OREO Golden sandwich cookies in a layer over the vanilla pudding. For one, I think a cookie layer holds whipped cream better than just pudding, and also, it creates a nice crunch with the flavor. The chocolate pudding ghost has the banana, the cookies and the chocolate chips, so the vanilla pudding ghost needs some texture too. The Go-Paks! are awesome for that. You can use any flavor you want, or think would go great with pudding.
The Go-Paks! are plastic and won’t leak. They are only about half full of products, so it’s easy to add ingredients to the container. They are great to buy in large quantities (I bought five!) and are available at Walmart for only $1.00.
And now, for my kids’ true favorite Go-Pak! treat, it’s Golden OREO Pudding Ghosts! This is my piece de resistance in the realm of pudding ghosts. I personally love to use the Golden OREO Sandwich Cookies as a base. Then I spread one whole chocolate Snack Pack pudding cup onto the cookies. THEN, a BIG dollop of Reddi-Wip, with chocolate chips for eyes. This is Des’ favorite treat, and it’s mine too. We love making ghosts and it’s bigger for heartier appetites because of the layers.
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