Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth with these walking dessert recipes and ideas. Perfect for parties, picnics, camping, or just a fun treat on the go!
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Who says desserts have to be stationary? These walking dessert recipes and ideas are perfect for those who want to satisfy their sweet tooth while on the go. Whether you’re hosting a party, going on a picnic, or just want a fun treat, these desserts are sure to please.
What are Walking Desserts?
You’ve probably heard of walking tacos and other walking recipes. But have you tried walking desserts? These walking dessert recipes and ideas are perfect for those who want to satisfy their sweet tooth while on the go. Whether you’re hosting a party, going on a picnic, heading out on a camping trip or just want a fun treat, these desserts are sure to please.
We love making these delicious and fun walking desserts when we’re camping or when we just want a sweet treat! The kids love putting them together, being able to pick their fillings and toppings, and then head outside with their friends for a fun treat!
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Walking Dessert Ingredients
There are a variety of walking desserts you can make from smores flavor to strawberry pretzel or strawberry cheesecake! You’re really only limited by your imagination, so try a variety and mix things up a bit!
Individual Cookie or Pretzel Packages – Get your hands on a box similar to the one depicted below, filled with bite-sized cookies and pretzels, to mix and match flavors and create your ideal combination. Out of the various cookie packets available in grocery stores, I settled for this specific one that I found in my nearby store and also easily accessible on Amazon.
Pudding and/or Jello – You can either grab the individual cups of vanilla or chocolate pudding in the snack aisle or your local grocery store or grab some Instant Pudding mix and whip up your own flavors. I like to grab the individual pudding cups when I’m camping as they are easily stored in the pantry and convenient. However, if I’m making walking desserts for a crowd or setting up a walking dessert bar I’ll mix up different flavors of Instant Pudding mix. Vanilla and chocolate are the two most commonly used pudding flavors in these walking dessert ideas. However, strawberry jello is needed for the strawberry pretzel dessert and cheesecake flavored pudding for the strawberry cheesecake walking dessert.
Toppings and Add-Ins – You will need a variety of toppings and add-ins depending on what flavor walking dessert you’ll be making. Fresh sliced bananas for a banana pudding walking dessert and fresh strawberries for a walking pretzel strawberry dessert. Mini-marshmallows, mini chocolate chips and whipped cream are great additions to walking desserts.
How to Make Walking Desserts
Walking desserts are super simple to make. Whether you set up a walking dessert bar with all the ingredients laid out and let people choose their combination or make a batch of omne flavor.
To make one walking dessert, grab an individual bag of cookies or pretzels and open it. Lightly crush the contents of the bag. I highly recommend opening the package before crushing or the bag might pop open and cookies will go everywhere!
Add a few spoonfuls of pudding or jello or both! Add sliced bananas, sliced strawberries or marshmallows and mini chocolate chips depending on the flavor you want. Top with whipped cream, if desired, and serve in the bag with a spoon!
Walking Dessert Variations
Here are a few walking desserts to try but don’t hesitate to let your or your children’s creativity shine through.
S’mores Walking Dessert
Use Teddy Graham cookies or Golden Grahams cereal packet and add chocolate pudding, mini marshmallows and mini chocolate chips!
Strawberry Pretzel Walking Dessert
Start with an individual bag of pretzels and add a half pudding cup of vanilla pudding and a half individual cup of strawberry jello. Top with fresh sliced strawberries.
Walking Banana Pudding Dessert
Use Teddy Graham cookies or an individual bag of Nilla Wafers, add vanilla pudding, fresh sliced bananas and top with whipped cream.
Cookies & Cream Walking Dessert
Start with an individual bag of mini Oreo Cookies and add vanilla pudding. Mix and top with whipped cream!
Strawberry Cheesecake Walking Dessert
Start with an individual bag of Teddy Grahams or Golden Graham cereal, add few spoonfuls of cheesecake-flavored Instant Pudding (I have to make this pudding as I’ve never been able to find it in the individual cups!). Add fresh sliced strawberries and top with whipped cream, if desired.
Cherry Cheesecake Walking Dessert
Start with an individual bag of Teddy Grahams or Golden Graham cereal, add few spoonfuls of cheesecake-flavored Instant Pudding (I have to make this pudding as I’ve never been able to find it in the individual cups!). Add a few spoonfuls of cherry pie filling and top with whipped cream, if desired.
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- 4 individual packages of mini cookies or pretzels
- 4 individual serving cups of pudding or jello
Toppings and Add-Ins
- Whipped Cream
- Fresh Fruit, sliced bananas and strawberries
- Mini Chocolate Chips
- Open the individual packages of cookies or pretzels and crush lightly.
- Add one of the pudding and/or jello cups to the package.
- Top with additional toppings based on your preference or desired flavor.
Smores Walking Dessert
Use one package of Teddy Graham cookies, one chocolate pudding cup, a few mini marshmallows and mini chocolate chips!
Strawberry Pretzel Walking Dessert
Use one mini package of pretzels, add one half cup of vanilla pudding and one half strawberry jello, top with sliced strawberries!
Banana Pudding Walking Dessert
Use one individual package of Nilla Wafers or Animal Crackers, add one individual cup of vanilla pudding, sliced bananas and top with whipped cream.
Cookies and Cream Walking Dessert
Use one package of mini Oreo cookies, add vanilla pudding cup and top with whipped cream.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 375Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 158mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 5gSugar: 41gProtein: 4g
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Tips and Tricks
A few tips and tricks to make walking desserts super simple!
- Open the individual cookie, pretzel or cereal bags before crushing to prevent the bag from popping.
- If you are using Jello, use a spoon to chop it up a bit before adding it to the bag.
- These walking desserts are best made just before serving, otherwise the pudding or Jello can make the other ingredients soggy.
- To make things easier, I usually opt for a store-bought can of whipped cream and individual pudding cups. However, you could prepare homemade whipped cream and Instant Pudding in advance, or even whip up your own pudding from scratch.
Walking desserts have revolutionized the way we enjoy our favorite sweets. From classic treats to innovative creations, the world of handheld desserts offers a wide range of flavors, and combinations to try. Walking desserts are the perfect option for anyone who wants to enjoy a sweet treat while strolling through a park, visiting a festival, camping or simply satisfying their dessert cravings in a hassle-free way.