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Recipe: Green Mountain Grasshopper Dessert

Make your friends green with envy at this tasty mint dessert.

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Total weight: 11 ounces

Weight per serving: about 4 ounces

Total servings: 3

Ingredients:

1 (3.4-ounce) package pistachio-flavored instant pudding mix

3⁄4 cup nonfat powdered dry milk

9 Oreo cookies, broken in pieces (or 1 cup of Mini Oreo cookies)

6 teaspoons crème de menthe liquor

1⁄2 cup cold water per serving, added on the trail

Preparation at home:

Into each of 3 separate quart-size freezer bags place 3 tablespoons of pudding and 1⁄4 cup milk. Carry cookies and crème de menthe separately. (The small “personal-size” plastic bottles, as used on airplanes, are ideal for carrying liquor on the trail.)

Preparation on the Trail:

To make 1 serving, add 1⁄2 cup cold water to 1 bag of pudding mixture. Shake vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes. Allow to set for at least 5 minutes. Impress your friends by artistically topping your pudding with 3 broken Oreo cookies and 2 teaspoons of crème de menthe. (If you are feeling generous, let them lick the bag.)

Tip:

For a nonalcoholic version, use crushed mint candies or substitute with Mint ’n Creme Oreo cookies.

Authors’ note:

It is important to use cool water with recipes requiring thickened instant pudding mix. If the water is warm, the mix may not congeal properly.

Ken Harbison, Rochester, New York, Lipsmackin’ Vegetarian Backpackin’