Today's guest post comes from one of the sweetest bloggers I know, Colleen from Souffle Bombay, whose site is full of amazing recipes that she (and her kiddos!) cook up. Colleen also happens to be one of my husband's favorite food bloggers as well, ever since she sent us a jar of her Sweet & Spicy Pecans, which he LOVED. Thank you so much, Colleen, for sharing this delicious treat over here today! xoxo
Hi I'm Colleen from Souffle Bombay! I was thrilled when Marie, who I was lucky enough to meet through the food blogging world, asked me to do a guest post for her while she is on vacation and I thought a fun, cool & refreshing dessert that kids 2-102 can enjoy this summer would be just the thing!
I think this dessert is almost as cute as Marie...almost!
Did you know that last year both the Oreo & my grandmom turned 100? Yup it's true! Now, they are both a very young & spry 101!
My grandmom has an edge over the Oreo - her birthday is on Leap Day...so technically she is only 25 and she will stay that way until 2015! THAT right there must be the secret to the incredible health she has had her whole life (she says she's never even had a cold). That and the fact she pretty much grew a lot of what she ate (my Babci did as well). She never really eats what many of us probably have in our pantries right this moment unless it was at a party or something like that, I don't know if she ever even tasted soda other than ginger ale. She's cut from a different cloth, she just always made everything, reused everything as thought about anything she would buy before she did it. I swear she has never paid money for a trash bag - ever. She says why would you pay money for something then throw it away?? Funny how "today" the way she lived has become the way many are beginning to strive to live.
When it comes to food she tastes everything at parties and gatherings - she loves to taste new things, but she has always been a simple, natural eater. Many times my gift to her on Christmas has been a basket full of oysters, a lobster tail, fillet mignon, shrimp, and high end dried fruits - things she adores but won't necessarily buy just for herself. One thing I will always remember about her is her love of good food.
At the "100"party that 5 grandkids put together, one of my brothers included in the decorations packs of Oreo's. He's smart like that - he scattered around the rooms any products he could find that were her age! Loved that! I thought to myself throughout the day...I wonder if she ever ate an Oreo?? I had totally planned on getting her to take a bite of one to see what she thought, but time got away from me, so instead I am bringing her a couple of these next week.
I thought I want to make her something fun with Oreo's and I want to put it in a jar for easy travel (she's an 1 1/2 hours from me). I did a test run a little over a week ago and bought 3 dozen 4 oz and 8 oz mason jars full to a BBQ I went tt and they went SO fast that I didn't even get to taste one! I don't know who was worse...all the dad's or the kids, scarfing them down...I guess they were good! This is all that was left, scattered about the home we were at - almost no trace of what was once in those jars!
Treats like these are spectacular on a hot day - they go down easy and are incredibly refreshing since they are served cold and hey, if you have a bunch of mason jar's sitting around - fill 'em up!!
1 1/2 packages of Double Stuffed Oreo's
1 large 5.9 oz package of Jello Chocolate Pudding
3 1/4 cups milk
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
2 - 8 oz containers of Cool Whip
Crush your Oreo's in your food processor in 2 batches, place crumbs in a bowl and reserve. In your mixer, combine the box of pudding mix and the milk and mix until for 2-3 minutes or until it thickens up. Place the pudding into a large "Ziploc" baggie and place in the refrigerator for at 10 minutes. Meanwhile, clean your mixer then use it again to combine the cream cheese, 8 oz of Cool Whip and the powdered sugar. Mix for 2 minutes on medium-high until the mixture is completely incorporated. Place mixture in a large "Ziplock" bag. Place that bag in your refrigerator until you are ready to assemble the jars.
Line you jars up, using a tablespoon, cover the bottom of each 4 or 8 oz jar with crumbs - about 1/8 of the jars worth (depends on the size jar you use). Next, grab your cream cheese mixture, snip off a corner and gently squeeze filling into each jar. Use a small spoon - or better yet a muddler if you have one - to pat down the filling. Next grab your pudding bag, snip off one corner and repeat the process. Scrape your second container of Cool Whip in another "Ziploc" bag and repeat the process. Cover the top of each jar with your remaining Oreo crumbs, screw on the lids and store in the fridge until you use them.
Colleen's Notes: If you don't have a food processor, smash the Oreo's up in a double lined resealable baggie using a rolling pin or rubber mallet. You also do not have to use mason jars for this - you can make one big one instead - a see through bowl would be best. For easy transport, place your jars in a box, a few shoe boxes or a big shallow container with a lid. I like to keep these cold until serving - if refrigerator space is an is an issue where you are going, bring a big bowl or rectangular container, fill it with ice and plunk these bad-boys in it!
I like to use Double Stuffed Oreo's and Cool Whip Extra Creamy for this - Hey...if your gonna do it...do it! That's where the 4 oz jars come in for portion control, lol!
Thanks for letting me take over your blog for a day Marie - I hope everyone enjoys this!