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Valentine’s Day Parfaits

The French word parfait translates to English as “perfect,” and that’s what this little dessert is ~ perfect for Valentine’s Day!

The United States version of a parfait is made by layering puddings, Jell-O, or ice cream, in a tall clear glass; topping the luscious dessert with whipped cream, fruit, and/or liqueurs.

This Valentine’s Day parfait is a simple dessert layering strawberry Jell-O with vanilla pudding, topping it with whipped cream, sugar sprinkles and a cherry.  For more color, you might want to add a drop or two of red food coloring to the pudding for a red/pink parfait.

After pouring the Jell-O into glasses, place them in a container in which they can be tilted and refrigerated until set. 

I used ale glasses for the parfaits; ending up with 2 servings, use a smaller glass if you want more servings.  For the finishing touches, squirt a dollop of Reddi-wip on top, scatter pink sugar over it, add a single bright-red maraschino cherry on top, and  ~

Voila, a perfect little dessert for you and your Valentine!

Valentine’s Day Parfaits


1 box (3 ounces) strawberry Jell-O
1 box (3 ounces) instant vanilla pudding
Reddi-wip, Original Dairy Whipped Topping
Pink sugar/sprinkles
Maraschino cherries, drained, one per glass


Prepare Jell-O according to package directions.
Let cool for several minutes, divide equally among parfait or dessert glasses.
Tilt glasses in a container, chill until set.
After Jell-O has set, prepare pudding according to package directions.
Chill for several minutes.
Spoon pudding into glasses.
Top evenly with a serving of Reddi-wip.
Decorate with sprinkles, top with cherry.
2-4 servings, depending upon glass size.



  1. Hi Pam,
    This is perfect! If someone could pamper this with this, it would be utterly perfect indeed!
    Happy Valentine's Day!

    1. Thanks, Joyce! Happy Valentine's Day to you!

  2. Hi Pam , so pretty , you make it seem so easy , thanks .
    Happy Valentine Day !

    1. Thanks, Nee! It is easy and good! Happy Valentine's Day to you!

  3. absolutely beautiful Pam! and look perfect! love this idea!
    You are so smart!
    I hope to post my Valentin recipe later!:))

    1. Thanks, Gloria! A little goodie for the day! Happy Valentine's Day to you!

  4. Pam, I can't remember how long its been since I've enjoyed a parfait... They really look good! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

    1. Thanks, Dave! Same here, I hadn't had a parfait in ages either so it's a good thing to enjoy now! Take care.

  5. We ignore Valentine's day but I will not ignore this desert, it looks fabulous and bet it tastes wonderful. Have a good weekend Diane

    1. Lol! Thanks, Diane! It does taste wonderful and I like the colors and textures too. Have a good weekend!

  6. I love how you did the tilted jello design! So pretty and better to get a little bite of everything on your spoon ;) Happy Valentine's Day!

  7. Dear Pam,
    What a lovely dessert for not only Valentine's Day or any day. I love Jell-o and puddings together. So creamy and smooth. I love the way you have the glasses on the side so it looks so pretty. I have tried making something like this and I have added fresh fruit in the Jell-o. I love the way yours looks, great job...thanks for sharing...Hope that you enjoy your Valentine's Day and your weekend.
    Dottie :)

  8. Dear Pam, What a pretty and perfect dessert. I love jell-o!! My mom used to have some in the refrig all the time growing up; usually with fruit in it. I do love pudding too, so this is a perfect and sweet Valentine's dessert.
    I wish you a beautiful day. Stay well and keep warm and cozy!! More snow tomorrow with record low temps!! I think we are all waiting for the first sprouts of the little buds blooming!! xoxo Catherine

  9. Clever, Clever....!!! This is just as neat as can be! Grandson #1 is fixing dinner for his girlfriend tomorrow evening and this would be such a neat after dinner dessert for him to fix and serve! Thanks Pam, for the great recipe and idea..

  10. What a great clever design in your dessert & they look so good, Pam! Happy Valentine's Day to you & your family!

  11. So clever how you made the jello stay tilted on one side. Happy Valentine's Day Pam.

  12. It is perfect! I love the way you've tilted the glass- it makes it seem so much more fancy than just flat jello! :) Happy Valentine's Day! <3

  13. What a fun and tasty idea! So sweet!

  14. What a fun and tasty idea! So sweet!

  15. This is such a clever and appealing dessert, especially for Valentines Day.... I love how you laid the glasses at an angle, very prettily creating this "pefect" sight. (Now I know perfect means parfait - and ditto, I have also learned something new today, thanks.) :)

  16. They look really good! Happy Valentine's Day to you. :)

  17. Cute idea to tilt the glasses, Pam. Happy Valentine's Day!

  18. Your parfaits are a perfect treat for Valentines day! Lovely dessert, Pam!

  19. These are goreous Pam. Hope you had a wonderful Valentines Day.

  20. Simply damn delicious parfait !!!
    lovin the presentation.....
    Dedy@Dentist Chef

  21. It's been ages since I've had a Jello parfait, although once I accidentally created one when a partially set jello got tilted in the fridge! Happy Valentine's Day, Pam!

  22. I LOVE this idea, Pam! First of all, parfaits are so visually pretty, but tipping the layers on an angle is brilliant! Thanks for the tip and recipe! Hope your Valentine's Day and all days was and are filled with LOVE!

  23. These are SO cute!
    Love the tilted concept.

    M : )

  24. This dessert looks wonderful. So easy and delicious:)

  25. fantastic! with that one simple trick, you've taken something tasty and pretty to tasty and stunning and show-stopping!


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