Rainbow Pudding for St. Patrick’s Day

St Patrick's Day Rainbow Pudding Tutorial

In our house St. Patrick’s Day is basically just an excuse to make some themed foods.  In the past we have had some delicious Irish Beef Stew and even a Dark Chocolate and Orange Guinness Cake!  For this sweet treat, I took more of an “end of the rainbow” view of the holiday to make these cute rainbow pudding cups.

To make Rainbow Pudding, you will need:

vanilla instant pudding

food coloring

ingredients to make the pudding (according to the box)

large bowl


6 plastic cups or food storage bags

small clear cups

Begin by mixing up the pudding mix according to the instructions on the box.  Allow it to set up, but don’t refrigerate it yet.

add food coloring

Set out 6 plastic cups in which to mix your pudding colors.  Add a few drops of food coloring into each plastic cup, one for each rainbow color.

divide pudding among the cups

Divide the pudding among the 6 cups and stir to blend in the food color.  If you are serving the pudding in cups that are wider at the mouth than at the base, you should make more of the red pudding than purple.  It will even out at the end.

I realized after I had finished this whole project that it would have been much easier for me to have mixed the food coloring and pudding in zipper food storage bags. Then I could have use the bags to pipe the colored pudding into the cups and saved lots of time. Live and learn.

st pattys day pudding

Layer the different colors of pudding into your small, clear cups to create a rainbow effect!  I made these quick dessert toppers using my PSA stamps, and they are great for St. Patty’s Day.

Kiss Me I'm Irish Party

These pudding cups would be a sweet treat to add to your “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” party.  If you are so inclined, there are tutorials on the internet for adult-only pudding shots.  You could use those recipes and then color and layer your pudding in this same way.

Do you have any St. Patty’s Day traditions at your house?


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Thanks,  Jessica Hill

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