1cupmilkvariation: replace up to ¼ cup of milk with white chocolate or peppermint liqueur
13.4 oz boxinstant white chocolate pudding
food coloringred gel
let's do it
The first thing to do is make an assembly line of all of the ingredients—that’ll guarantee the project will go smoothly.
Combine the whipped cream or whipped topping and milk in a large bowl (or your stand mixer’s bowl) until completely combined.
Sprinkle the instant pudding mix (it must be instant or this recipe won’t work) over the whipped cream mixture. Beat on low for 30 seconds then on high speed for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl often to make sure everything’s evenly incorporated.
Once you have finished beating the mousse, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge until you’re finished making the Santa dessert cups.
To assemble the Santa cups, remove about ¼ cup of the white candy melts, place them in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for approximately 20 seconds, until completely melted. The melted chocolate acts as ‘glue’ to adhere the ‘facial features’ to the cordial cups.
Cut 6 of the remaining white candy melts in half—this will give you 12 pieces that will be used as the mustache. Use a toothpick to apply a small amount of melted chocolate to the back (flat side) of the mustache as well as to the cordial cup so that the flat side of the mustache is even with the bottom of the cup. Hold it in place for just a few seconds until the chocolate glue sets then repeat with the remaining 11 cups.
Once the mustaches have had a chance to set, apply a small amount of the melted chocolate glue to the back of a red candy then place the candy in the appropriate spot above the mustache (if the candy has a logo printed on it, just dab the glue on the side that has the logo so that it will not be seen). We really liked the look that we got by partially resting the nose on the mustache (as seen in the photo). You’ll need a little extra ‘glue’ to fill in the gap, but you should have more than enough melted chocolate. Repeat with remaining cups.
Apply the melted chocolate to the back of the candy eyeballs and adhere them to the cups just slightly below the rim.
Head to the fridge and get out the mousse. Transfer about 1/3 of it to a small bowl and add red food coloring until you achieve the color you desire for Santa’s hat. Load both the white and the red mousse into separate piping bags and get ready to fill the Santa cups.
Begin with the white mousse and fill the cups to the top. Pipe an additional circle around the rim of the cup for the ‘fur’ on Santa’s hat.
Switch to the red piping bag and begin piping in a circular motion and spiral toward the top, lessening the pressure as you get toward the top of the hat. When you reach the top of the hat, swirl the end to attach a dollop of white mousse or a dragee to look like a pom-pom.
Chill in the fridge until ready to serve to a group of people that will not be able to stop talking about how cute they are.
One Last Thing
Make sure to use instant rather than regular pudding for this particular recipe.