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Tropical Delight Parfait

Though the grass may be does not exactly feel 'tropical' out here just yet.  But having a tropical fresh fruit parfait on a winter's day...helps one pretend! 

Many years ago, I tutored ESL for a group of recent immigrants to our country.  For the most part, they spoke Spanish.  I used this recipe as a tutorial...with the students learning all the English words for the ingredients involved.  We prepared the recipe together...and when the session was over...we ate our lesson!  When I prepare this dish, I always remember my Spanish speaking friends of long ago.

  • 1 pkg. vanilla instant pudding (4 serving size)
  • 1 can (540 ml.) crushed pineapple, juice included
  • 1 cup pina colada yogurt (or vanilla)
  • 1 cup mandarin orange segments (use fresh or canned oranges)
  • 1 or 2 bananas, sliced
  • toasted coconut for topping 
  1. Mix vanilla pudding with crushed pineapple in a bowl.
  2. Add 1 cup yogurt and mix until combined.
  3. Stir in mandarin oranges and bananas.
  4. Spoon into serving dishes and top with toasted coconut.  
Once the pudding, crushed pineapple and yogurt are can add fruit as you prefer, more of one and less of another.   I like to toss in some fresh pineapple as well. 


  1. What a perfect idea for teaching a language and fostering relationships. Food, particularly delectable comestibles, is indeed the universal language.

  2. Hmmm, that sounds so yummy and I am pretty sure that I am ready for something tropical today!

  3. Can't wait to make this. It looks amazingly good.


  4. Made Tropical Delight last night for dinner. Such a refreshing desert, this is definiately a keeper in my recipe box.

  5. Do you just use the vanilla pudding powder or make up the pudding with milk first?

    1. Linda...just use the dry pudding mix and combine with crushed pineapple.

    2. It is very very amazingly good love it.

    3. Add some walnuts in it,A keeper in my recipe box.


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