Summertime No-Bake Treats
June 23, 2013
Looking for an easy and delicious summertime treat that requires no baking? I have a great one for you today, No-Bake S’mores Mousse Jars.
As part of the Kraft Tastemaker Program, Kraft has asked me to share one of my favorite no-bake treats for summer, and wow, I love this one! It’s super simple, no-bake, completely delicious. Works for me! To make these I used JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding, JET-PUFFED Marshmallows and JET-PUFFED Vanilla MALLOW Bits, COOL WHIP, graham crackers and a bit of chocolate ice cream topping.
While I used fun Mason jars for mine, you could use any type of container you like, even kid-friendly plastic cups or bowls, whatever works for you. Making these is super simple. You start by whipping up (literally!) your JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding with milk (skim or 1% works great!).
While your mousse is mixing, you can prep your Mason jars. I love to do something fun with the rims of the jars to carry the dessert theme all the way to the top. To coat your Mason jar rims in crushed graham cracker crumbs, you simply squeeze a bit of chocolate syrup onto a plate, dip your jar in, then dip your jar into your graham cracker crumbs. Easy as can be, just remember to start with this step.
After you’ve lined the rim of the jar, it’s time to start layering in your s’mores ingredients. You really could do this in any order that you would like. I started with about 4 tablespoons of graham cracker crumbs. You can crush them finely, though I prefer to leave mine a bit chunkier for that extra crunch.
After the graham crackers, you are going to add your marshmallow layer, which is made up from a combo of COOL WHIP and JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows.
I like to use the scoop that I use for making cookies for filling my jars. It makes it easier to layer the ingredients without getting them all over the sides (and if you do, don’t worry, either leave it be or just give it a quick wipe clean). Following my marshmallow layer, it’s time for the chocolate mousse. After that, I added another sprinkle of graham crackers, a bit more of the marshmallow layer, some JET-PUFFED Vanilla MALLOW Bits and an extra graham cracker, dipped in mousse and JET-PUFFED Vanilla MALLOW Bits for garnish. Pop in the fridge for a bit and it’s ready to serve.
For parties, you could even set up a DIY s’mores and let everyone fill their jars themselves! So fun. Here’s the recipe…
The deliciousness of s'mores without the campfire or even the stove! While these are served in glass mason jars, feel free to use your favorite containers for serving. You can also make smaller versions of these in mini glasses for fun dessert shooters.
No-Bake S’mores Mousse Jars
4 Pint Size S'mores Jars
15 sheets Honey-flavored Graham Crackers, crushed (as fine or as rough as you prefer)
1 sheet Honey-flavored Graham Crackers, set aside for garnish
2 pkg. (3.9 oz. each) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
2 cups cold milk
1 tub (12 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
1 cup JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
1 cup JET-PUFFED Vanilla MALLOW Bits
Optional - your favorite chocolate sauce to dip the rims of jars into
IN a large mixing bowl, combine milk and pudding mix. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds, then on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in 2 cups COOL WHIP Whipped Topping. Refrigerate until ready to use. Place one cup of JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows and one cup of COOL WHIP Whipped Topping into microwave safe bowl, and microwave for 30 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir well, adding in the remaining COOL WHIP Whipped Topping.
IF topping your (8 oz.) jars in chocolate and graham cracker crumbs, pour approximately four tablespoons of chocolate sauce onto a plate, and dip the opening of your jar into the chocolate sauce, then into the finely crushed graham cracker mixture. Repeat with remaining jars.
TIME to fill your jars: spoon approximately four tablespoons of graham cracker crumbs into the bottom of each 8 oz. jar. Next, spoon a layer of your COOL WHIP Whipped Topping and JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallow mixture into each jar, using approximately 1/2 cup for each jar. Next, spoon your pudding into each jar, using approximately 1/2-2/3 cup of pudding into each jar.
SPRINKLE additional graham cracker crumbs on top of pudding layer, followed by an additional scoop of COOL WHIP Whipped Topping and JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallow mixture. Sprinkle JET-PUFFED Vanilla MALLOW Bits on top and add a quarter sheet of graham cracker to the top for garnish (if desired, dip the graham cracker into the pudding and sprinkle with JET-PUFFED Vanilla MALLOW Bits). Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Looking for some other fabulous summer recipes? You can find some great s’mores recipes on the Kraft Website, as well as recipes that are perfect for the 4th Of July.
For more recipes and ideas, visit my blog at www.lovefromtheoven.com.