Halloween Goblin Goo Parfaits with McCormick

Vanilla pudding and crushed chocolate cookies turned into a spooky Halloween treat.

Witches, ghosts, goblins and black cats, they’re the spooky side of Halloween. And what’s Halloween without a little spookiness? It can’t be all fairies and super heroes. I have good and evil in my house this year, two colorful fairies and a one eyed horned monster. Fun times.

I was invited to be part of McCormick’s Spooky Squad and share some fun Halloween recipes. Everything that came to mind revolved around goo or something oozing. I just couldn’t create a cutesie recipe when it’s for the Spooky Squad, that wouldn’t make sense.

It’s easy to transform an ordinary item, already well loved by kids and adults alike, into a spooky dessert. With the help of McCormick’s fun food color selection I was able to turn an everyday homemade vanilla pudding into goblin goo. It’ll be our little secret that it’s really pudding. Add crushed cookies for a fun layering effect and bonus flavor. It’s an easy spooky treat the entire family will enjoy.

This whips up in a matter of minutes. Feel free to use boxed pudding mix in a pinch but nothing beats the taste of homemade. Prepare a large batch ahead and serve it to your friends and family as a spooky Halloween treat.

Goblin Goo Parfaits

Vanilla pudding and crushed chocolate cookies turned into a spooky Halloween treat.
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate, Halloween
Servings: 3


  • 1 1/4 C heavy cream
  • 1/3 C granulated sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/4 C cornstarch
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp McCormick pure vanilla extract
  • 15 drops McCormick neon green food coloring
  • 8 chocolate sandwich cookies crushed


  • In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, cook 1 cup heavy cream, sugar and salt until steaming.
  • In a small bowl combine cornstarch and remaining 1/4 cup heavy cream, mixing until completely smooth. Add to saucepan, cooking until thickened or roughly 3-5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low. In small bowl while whisking egg continuously, slowly drizzle in hot milk liquid. Transfer egg mixture to saucepan and continue cooking over low heat.
  • Stir in butter and vanilla, mixing for an additional minute.
  • Transfer to a medium bowl, add neon food coloring. Stir well until no streaks remain.
  • Enjoy warm or cover with plastic wrap pressed into the top of the pudding to prevent skin.
  • When ready to prepare parfaits, in 3 small juice glasses layer tinted pudding and crushed chocolate cookies. Enjoy immediately or store chilled until ready to serve.


Yields 3: 1/2 cup servings.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was paid by McCormick to create a recipe as part of the Spooky Squad. All opinions are my own.

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22 Responses to “Halloween Goblin Goo Parfaits with McCormick”

  1. #
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — October 17, 2012 at 7:46 am

    These are adorable! My daughter would flip for them!

  2. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — October 17, 2012 at 9:05 am

    These are adorable, would it be wrong to make it just for me?

  3. #
    Amy — October 17, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I’ll devour anything with Oreos. Simple and fun – right up my alley. I just love Halloween…

  4. #
    Shirley@bells-bakery — October 17, 2012 at 9:37 am

    These are fantastic, love them!

  5. #
    Deborah — October 17, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Love these – and I would love eating one, too!!

  6. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — October 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    What a perfect Halloween treat! My daughter would be so ‘scared’ that she’s ask for seconds :)

  7. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — October 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    How cute are these?! I need to get in the Halloween spirit quickly!

  8. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — October 17, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    This is so fun! I love the spiders!

  9. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — October 17, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    these are so cute and creative! perfect for a spooky halloween treat :)

  10. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — October 18, 2012 at 1:20 am

    I love this! You are awesome!

  11. #
    Jane Ko @ A Taste of Koko — October 18, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Great dessert for Halloween!

  12. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — October 18, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Oh how fun! My boys would love these for a Halloween treat!

  13. #
    Carlas Confections — October 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Love the goo! Looks spooky and delicious. I bet your kids are gonna be adorable in their costumes!!

  14. #
    Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} — October 18, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Super adorable! :)

  15. #
    Paula — October 18, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Perfectly ghoulish parfaits!

  16. #
    JulieD — October 20, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Looks pretty amazing to me, Rachel! What a great idea!

  17. #
    tRiXsTaH — October 21, 2012 at 3:22 am

    I’m a bit confused….I can’t find where it says in the ingredient list regarding milk…

    “slowly drizzle in hot milk liquid.”

    –how much milk do we need to use and how hot should it be?


    Happy Halloween and THANKS FOR SHARING!

    • #
      Rachel — October 21, 2012 at 8:04 am

      The cream (a milk/dairy product) is listed in the two previous paragraphs from that point in the recipe.

  18. #
    katie — October 23, 2012 at 10:57 am

    These look amazing and oh-so creapy!!!

  19. #
    Laura — October 12, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Theses look great. Can’t wait to try them this year.

  20. #
    Mary — October 9, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    It looks real tasty but I have some questions to ask some of us might have diabetes here couldn’t you use low fat goat milk and instant pudding to make this recipe since I know adults down in naples fl are watching their weight here. when you refer to heavy cream do you mean whipping cream?
    when you say chill it do you mean the refrigerator or freezer until ready to serve?
    Thank you

    • #
      Rachel — October 10, 2014 at 8:24 am

      Heavy cream is different than whipping cream, it is also used for the fat content but you’re welcome to attempt to substitute a different milk product. Keep in mind that I haven’t done it that way so I can’t promise how the final product will turn out or taste. And yes, chill means refrigerate (freeze would mean to place in the freezer). Good luck and enjoy!

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