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White Chocolate-Candy Cane Parfaits

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Cook: 10 min. + chilling


8 servings

Candy canes add fun crunch and a burst of mint flavor in these lovely parfaits. The delightful desserts are fun for the holidays.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
White Chocolate-Candy Cane Parfaits Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 3 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup finely crushed candy canes, divided
  • 1/3 cup crushed shortbread cookies
  • Additional crushed candy canes


  1. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Gradually add 1 cup heavy whipping cream and milk. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; cook and stir with a wire whisk 2-3 minutes longer or until thickened.
  2. Remove from the heat. Whisk a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in white chocolate until melted. Stir in vanilla. Transfer to a large bowl. Cool to room temperature without stirring. Press waxed paper onto surface of pudding; refrigerate until chilled.
  3. In a small bowl, beat remaining cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar and peppermint extract; beat until soft peaks form. Fold in 2 tablespoons crushed candies.
  4. In each of eight dessert dishes, layer 1/4 cup pudding and 2 teaspoons crushed candies and cookie crumbs. Top with whipped cream. Garnish with additional crushed candies.

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