Layers of vanilla pudding colored to make it look like Candy Corn make these Candy Corn Pudding Cups so easy to make and delicious. They are the perfect snack or dessert for Halloween parties that’s so easy to make!
Candy corn pudding cups are the perfect creamy sweet treat to eat around Halloween! But candy corn isn’t just Halloween candy. You can eat these yummy during the cozy season of fall. Make things like fall snack mix along with these tasty pudding cups.
Our kids love this super festive candy corn dessert. But it’s not just kid-friendly, adults love it too! This would be a great dessert to serve at parties since it’s already divided into single servings. No slicing or cutting necessary. Your guests will ooh and aah over the tasty flavors and fun colors packed into one cute cup!
Why You’ll Love Candy Corn Pudding Cups
- You only need six ingredients to make Halloween parfaits! Keep these ingredients on hand and then you can make this recipe whenever needed.
- This is an easy recipe to double or triple if you plan to serve large parties. Just make sure you buy extra supplies.
- Make these Halloween treats ahead of time and store until needed. A great dessert to put together if you know you’re schedule is busy!
Ingredients for Halloween Pudding Cups
- Milk – Use whole milk to make the pudding extra creamy and rich. But if you don’t have whole milk on hand, feel free to use 2% of 1% milk.
- Frozen cool whip – Some frozen cool whip is easy to use in this recipe, but feel free to make fresh homemade whipped cream if you prefer.
- Candy corn – Just buy a few bags of candy corn so that you can make all the Halloween treats you want during the season!
- Vanilla instant pudding mix – Feel free to use different flavors if you want, but vanilla is the easiest to color.
- Orange and yellow sanding sugar – Use colored sanding sugar to decorate the top of each cup. You don’t have to use this, but it makes for a pretty presentation!
- Orange food coloring – Simply use some orange food coloring to make the pudding a festive color!
- Clear plastic cups – Buy some plastic parfait cups at the grocery store for ease of clean-up.
How to Make Candy Corn Pudding Cups
- To begin, pour the packages of instant vanilla pudding mix into a large bowl and add milk. Mix according to package instructions. You should end up with about 6 cups of the pudding.
- Divide the pudding between two bowls, 2 cups in one bowl and 4 cups in the other.
- Add 5 drops of orange food coloring to the bowl with 4 cups of pudding. Mix together until the color is thoroughly distributed through the vanilla pudding.
- In each plastic cup, spoon 4 spoonfuls of the plain vanilla pudding to cover the bottom. Then add 8 spoonfuls of the orange pudding on top.
- You should have about ⅓ yellow and ⅔ orange pudding in each cup.
- Top each cup of pudding with thawed cool whip. Then add candy corn and sanding sugar to the top of the whip cream.
- Serve immediately or store for later!
How to Store Candy Corn Pudding Cups
Place leftover parfaits in an airtight container and store for for 5-7 days. Alternatively, you can store just the pudding and build the parfaits just before you plan to serve them.
Keep the cool whip frozen until you are ready to use it! If you plan to make them a few days ahead of time and store, then don’t decorate until you plan to serve.
Should I chill Halloween pudding cups before serving?
It is not necessary to chill this candy corn dessert before serving, but I personally think it makes for a better flavor and texture. It won’t take too long to refrigerate each pudding cup, so just pop them in the fridge and pull them out when you’re ready to serve.
What size cups should I use for pudding parfaits?
I recommend reaching for cups that are about 9 ounces in size. Any larger, and you may not have enough pudding to stretch for each serving. Plus, pudding desserts like this one can sometimes be a little rich.
A smaller serving will allow people to enjoy the dessert without feeling like they ate too much! 9 ounces seems to be that sweet spot for Halloween pudding cups.
- Having trouble scooping pudding into each cups? Place it into some piping bags and pipe the layers into each parfait cup.
- If you can’t find sanding sugar, feel free to just use regular Halloween themed sprinkles instead.
- For extra spooky fun, grab some spoons that are Halloween themed! Just check your local party store or the party section at your local Walmart.
In just a few easy steps you can have plenty of Halloween pudding cups ready to go. So festive and so fun!
More Pudding Recipes You’ll Love
- Dirt Cups are a classic kid-friendly dessert that everyone knows and loves. Here is my super easy recipe to make them in a snap!
- Serve Red, White and Blue Dirt Cups on each patriotic holiday throughout the year. Kids and adults alike will love them!
- My recipe for Banana Split Trifle dresses up simple vanilla pudding mix. So easy and absolutely delicious.
- Make a Lemon Lush Dessert for an easy, light and refreshing summer dessert.
- 2 packages vanilla instant pudding 5.1-ounce each
- 6 cups cold milk
- Orange food coloring
- 8 ounces Cool Whip thawed
- Candy corn
- Orange and yellow sanding sugar
- 7 9-ounce clear plastic cups
- In a large bowl, pour both packages of instant vanilla pudding mix and add the milk. Then mix according to package instructions. This will make 6 cups of pudding.
- Divide the pudding so there are 2 cups of pudding in one bowl and 4 cups of pudding in another.
- In the bowl with the 4 cups of pudding, add 5 drops of orange food coloring, mixing between each drop until desired orange color is achieved. No need to color the pudding in the other bowl.
- Then in a plastic cup, add 4 spoonfuls of the yellow vanilla pudding for the bottom layer. Then 8 spoonfuls of the orange-colored vanilla pudding for the second layer.
- The pudding ratio should be about ⅓ yellow and ⅔ orange, with a little extra room for the cool whip on top.
- Next, cover the top with the thawed cool whip.
- Finally, add candy corn and sanding sugar on top of the cool whip.
- Serve chilled or at room temperature.
- Store any leftover pudding in an airtight container for 5-7 days.