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Rich, creamy, vanilla bean-flecked pudding tempers the tart-sweet pomegranate compote. Pick out small, festive glass dessert dishes for this pretty parfait.

Recipe: Vanilla-Pomegranate Parfaits

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Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie

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Vanilla-Pomegranate Parfaits

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