A Nutella S'mores Parfait surrounded by graham crackers and a jar of Nutella.

Nutella S’mores Parfaits

Layered with crumbled graham crackers, whipped cream, a dollop of Nutella, and a bit of marshmallow fluff, these Nutella S’mores Parfaits make the perfect snack or dessert.

A Nutella S'mores Parfait surrounded by graham crackers and a jar of Nutella.
Nutella S’mores Parfaits

These Nutella S’mores Parfaits are a layered treat that make the perfect snack or dessert. Crumbled graham crackers, whipped cream, a little dollop of Nutella, and a bit of marshmallow fluff. Easy!

Disclosure: This post originally sponsored by Nutella.

A Nutella S'mores Parfait surrounded by graham crackers and a jar of Nutella.

I still have that old planner somewhere, that thin, black, academic edition day-timer. I lived by that book. I lived by the fine blue ink that marked those important dates in my capital letter print: thesis defense, stats exam, flight home for Christmas.

My life was ruled by the penciled notes: clinic notes, thesis revisions, laundry (because yes, in order to do well, even the mundane had to be scheduled), dinner with Liz, Robin and Beth. Monday to Friday, I lived and breathed by rule of my planner, and I couldn’t have survived graduate school without it.

But there were two boxes at the end of each weekly spread that I looked forward to most. Saturday and Sunday. Usually pencil days, I treated them as blue pen days. And in the summer months, penciled in were weekly pilgrimages to Ravinia.

A jar of chocolate hazelnut spread, graham crackers, and marshmallows.

In the suburbs of Chicago, nestled in a green-leafed neighborhood, not too far from downtown, is Ravinia. Friends likened it to Hollywood Bowl, though at the time, I had not yet lived in LA, and there was nothing I could compare it to back in New York.

Ravinia was a musical mecca in the summer – an open air theater, where beyond the seats, you could find your spot of grass – under a tree or under the stars, if you prefer, and spread out your picnic and listen to anything from jazz to the symphony.

I celebrated my 25th birthday enraptured by the Joffrey Ballet one weekend, and the next listening to John Williams conduct the Chicago Symphony through his scores. Star Wars and Indiana Jones themes rose in the summer night air that evening.

My first date with my husband was even at Ravinia. The Cowboy Junkies played that night, their soulful, mournful crone echoing through the trees.

I made it a point to go to Ravinia each weekend if I could. It was a haven from the academic grind, an escape. Something to look forward to. I went for the music, for the company of friends, and for the picnics.

Some brought simple fare – premade sandwiches or crackers and cheese. Others brought feasts, with low tables and candlelight, gourmet spreads that would last hours of the performance. Sometimes an artist would draw me to Ravinia, sometimes, it was just the chance to be surrounded by music and peace.

These days, my summer playlists are a little different. I find myself singing “Everything is awesome!!!” or “I like to move it, move it,” sometimes to the eye rolls of my kids. I’ve become a mother, I guess, and the music has changed a bit. The venue, too.

A layered Nutella S'mores Parfait served with a spoon and surrounded by graham crackers.

One of these days, we’ll have to take the kids to Ravinia. And plan a picnic. I already know what I would bring for dessert. These Nutella S’mores Parfaits are a layered treat, and something I would have loved to have had under the stars. Crumbled graham crackers, whipped cream, a little dollop of Nutella, and a bit of marshmallow fluff. Now that’s music to my ears.

How to Make Nutella S’mores Parfaits

Crumble up several graham crackers and add a few tablespoons of crumbs at the bottom of four glasses. Follow with a dollop of whipped cream and about a tablespoon Nutella, spreading the layers evenly from the inside to the edges.

Follow with another layer of graham cracker crumbs and whipped cream. Top with marshmallow fluff. For an extra fancy treat, lightly brown the top of the marshmallow fluff with a kitchen torch. Read or print the complete recipe below!

A chocolate hazelnut parfait surrounded by graham crackers.

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Nutella S'mores Parfaits

These Nutella S'mores Parfaits are a layered treat that make the perfect snack or dessert recipe. Crumbled graham crackers, whipped cream, a little dollop of Nutella, and a bit of marshmallow fluff. Easy!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings 4 parfaits
Calories 320kcal

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs about 6 crackers, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 1/2 cup marshmallow fluff

Instructions

  • Whip the heavy cream until it forms soft and billowy peaks. Place 2 tablespoons of graham cracker crumbs at the bottom of each cup. Place about 2 tablespoons of whipped cream, followed by about 1 tablespoon Nutella, spreading the layers evenly from the inside to the edges. Sprinkle with about another tablespoon of graham crackers, then another tablespoon of whipped cream.
  • On top of each glass, place a dollop of marshmallow fluff. Brown the top of the marshmallow with a kitchen torch if you wish, be careful not to burn it. Insert a graham cracker on top and serve immediately.

Notes

How to Make it Ahead: The components of the parfaits can be prepared in advance, but the dessert is best when assembled right before serving. However, in a pinch, you can also prepare the parfaits in advance and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 438IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. vanessa

    these were very good, I made them for a school project and everyone loved them

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  2. Arielle

    Came across your recipe on Greatist and was pleasantly surprised to see your Ravinia references. We live in Ravinia neighborhood and the festival is a cherished part of our summer!

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  3. Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    Wow, desserts this easy with ingredients that I frequently have on hand always make me nervous. I can see myself with insomnia down in the kitchen whipping up a few of these babies. I know it would seem like a good idea at the time. I am not sure I would feel that way in the morning.

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  4. Brian @ A Thought For Food

    I love music venues like that! If only we had something like it in Boston (the closest is Tanglewood).

    Love everything about this dessert. In fact, I love it so much that I wish I had one right now for breakfast.

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  5. Monet

    What a sweet post! It’s amazing how things change…and yet stay the same! And my goodness, these look so very good. I just made a batch of homemade graham crackers. Perfect timing! Thank you for sharing sweet friend!

    Reply
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