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Rocky Road Pudding Mousse

I absolutely adore pudding mousse. It is my number one go-to dessert recipe when we haves guests over. Especially if we’re having last minute guests. I always have the ingredients on hand, and it doesn’t need to chill any longer than it takes to eat dinner– so I can even throw it together minutes before people walk through the door!

Pudding Mousse is pretty basic. It’s nothing more than instant pudding (going light on the milk) and cool whip whisked together. What really makes it special are all the fun things that you can mix in or even layer like a trifle! Plus, we all know there’s no shortage of instant pudding flavors! A basic pudding mousse is practically a blank dessert slate, and those are the best kinds of recipes to keep on hand.

Rocky Road is one of my very favorite ice cream flavors, and it makes a fabulous pudding mousse!

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Rocky Road Pudding Mousse


  • 1 - 3.4 oz instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 - 8 oz cool whip
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds


  1. Whisk together the pudding mix and the milk until smooth and starting to thicken.
  2. Immediately whisk in half of the cool whip. Switch to a rubber spatula and fold in the remaining cool whip until fully incorporated.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips, marshmallows, and almonds. Chill for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Serves 6

Notes about this Recipe:

  • We make mousse all the time for my diabetic brother. You can easily make this (mostly) sugar free by using sugar free pudding mix, sugar free cool whip, and even sugar free Hershey’s chocolate chips. Marshmallows are a different story… sorry!

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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

14 comments on “Rocky Road Pudding Mousse”

  1. I could just eat your photos they look so tasty! Looks like a very easy treat to whip up too:)

  2. Oh I must make this. I love mousse and rocky road ice cream so this looks like a match made in heaven!

  3. Oh, rocky road. Now I don’t know if I should make this or malteds for my mom. So. Many. Choices!

  4. Pudding mousse is delicious on it’s own, but I love that you made this into an ice cream flavor!!! My head is spinning with ideas :-)

  5. i need to create something “rocky road” soon Ashton. I love that flavor of ice cream and it’s about time I indulge in the same flavors elsewhere. Like rice krispie treats, cookies, or brownies. But this mousse? is over the top. in the best way!

  6. I love the versatility of pudding mousse! This rocky road variety!

  7. How easy! Plus, it looks so chocolate-y, which makes me happy!

  8. Yup, this is the kind of thing I like. Fast and great! Thanks for sharing this. I’m pinning for future use. Take care, Linda

    Would love to have you share this at my linky party, too.


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  12. I was wondering if you know how far ahead you can make this? Would the day before be ok?

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