This week we take a step away from the Beverage section of the book and into the Easy and Elegant Desserts section. Actually it’s the last recipe in that section, and it kind of stands out because it’s the only recipe in the whole book that doesn’t list any ingredients before the preparation instructions. There are ingredients obviously. Three of them. Milk, Jell-O Vanilla Pudding Mix and Kool-Aid. So why don’t they get listed and bolded? It’s a mystery.
Since I was using vanilla pudding, I went with Cherry Kool-Aid since it seemed like a good match. Strawberry could’ve worked just as well. Really if I were to offer a suggestion for stepping up the creativity and elegance, they should’ve gone with Raspberry Kool-Aid and chocolate pudding. Though the separate layers might not have stood out as well.
Which is another oddity of this recipe. It’s called a Rainbow Ribbon Parfait, but the recipe just calls for one kind of Kool-Aid. Not very rainbowish. Maybe call it Layered Ribbon Parfait? With all of the Kool-Aid flavors out today, you could really put together a nice looking Rainbow Ribbon Parfait that actually has all of the colors of the rainbow. How that would taste is another matter.
This was kind of a pain in the ass to make. I have a suspicion it was a pain for the General Foods people, too, because it is one of the only recipes in this section that didn’t get photographed. My first try with a wine glass was a complete failure, so I started again. I layered in the pudding but couldn’t get it to flatten out the way I wanted it to. I swirled it and smoothed it with a spoon, but then some would run up the sides of the glass! Then I’d have to try to scrape it off and remove any residue so it wouldn’t interfere with the next layer. Then I put a Kool-Aid layer on but the Kool-Aid stuck to the parts where the invisible residue still was! Someone more skilled and steady-handed could do a much more aesthetically pleasing job with this. Though in the end I still think it looks interesting. Maybe.
This is not good. It’s not terrible, but it’s not good. I’m not really a huge pudding fan. (I only ever eat it when I go to Chinese buffets, which is not often.) It’s just two very distinct powdered food products mixed together, battling for supremacy with cherry ultimately dominating. It tastes like you think it would. No one would eat more than two spoonfuls of this. Maybe you could serve a small amount in some shot glasses. Maybe.
Also, there was some leftover grit from some of the Kool-Aid that wasn’t completely dissolved. Grit is not a friend of pudding. Maybe you could mix up some Kool-Aid and pudding to dissolve the Kool-Aid, then layer it. Maybe.
So, Rainbow Ribbon Parfait. Not the tastiest nor easiest nor the most elegant nor even the most aptly named. But it’s pretty-ish. So there’s that.