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Icebox Cake Trifle

There are lots of different versions of icebox cake.¬† Where I’m from, there is only one kind ūüėȬ† It is usually served in a 9×13 glass dish, and it is definitely one of my family’s comfort foods. I put a little bit of a spin on the presentation, but I kept the recipe (for the most part) traditional.¬†

This recipe is easy to prepare and could easily be tweaked to be a low-sugar, low-fat or fat-free recipe.

You’ll need:

1 box of instant chocolate pudding mix

1 box of instant vanilla pudding mix

2 ripe bananas

about 1/3 of a box of graham crackers



First, line the bottom of the trifle dish with graham crackers.

Then prepare both pudding mixes (in separate bowls).

Slice up the banana and place the slices on the graham crackers.

Add in your first layer of pudding (it doesn’t matter which flavor you start with).¬† Trifles are great because they look beautiful.¬† If you plop the pudding in and it smears all over the sides of the dish, it won’t be so pretty.¬† It will look like you carelessly dumped a bunch of things into a bowl and called it dessert.¬† (This recipe¬†is actually that easy, but if it’s not presentable, everyone else will know that too ūüėȬ† ).¬† Put the pudding in the center of the dish and spread to the sides.¬† If you do end up getting it on the sides, just wipe it off with a paper towel.


Now you alternate layering graham cracker, banana, chocolate pudding, graham cracker, banana, vanilla pudding. 


Easy peasy.¬†¬† Traditionally, you sprinkle crushed graham cracker crumbs on top as a garnish.¬† This is great if you are going to serve it immediately.¬† I made mine the day before I was going to serve it, and graham crackers can get soggy…ew.¬† I could have just garnished it right before our guests arrived, but I wanted this thing D-O-N-E.¬† So I just used what I had lying around.

This was actually really nice.  It tasted like a very crunchy graham cracker and never got soggy. 

What is your family’s comfort food dessert?

Pudding Shots!

¬†I’ve been wanting to do this post for months and thought I lost the photos I took during the last computer melt down.¬† (Happy to report our computer is up and running!!) Well, it turned out that I have them stored on my memory card!¬† YAY!

Without further delay, I give you the best party recipe known to man…

Hello class,  today we will be learning how to make pudding shots.

Start by gathering your ingredients.  This recipe will make about 30 shots.  You will need :

1 1/2 cups of whipped cream vodka

1/2 cup milk

1 packet of pudding mix

1 tub of cool whip

canned whipped cream for garnish

any other garnishes you might want

SQUEEZABLE paper shot cups

***If you are making pistachio, only use 1 1/4 cup vodka and add 1/4 cup of Amaretto  (garnish with whipped cream & crushed pistachio nuts) **


Make room in your fridge for the tray. Set up the cups on a baking sheet or tray.¬† Be sure to do this first or the pudding will set up in the big bowl and you’ll make a huge mess.¬† Trust me, I’ve done that.

Mix the milk, pudding packet, and vodka together in a bowl. Make sure it’s nice and smooth.Then, add in the cool whip.¬† Stir until blended well.

Pour into cups using a tablespoon, or if you’re me, a wonton spoon.¬† This part¬†can get kind of messy.

 Fill each cup almost to the top.

Lick the bowl and spoon thoroughly.¬† This step is very important ūüėČ .¬† Up until this point I was only making pistachio pudding shots (they were the only flavor pudding shot that I ever tried).¬† After I lapped up every drop from the bowl, I found myself in the supermarket buying more cool whip¬†to make more.¬† I had a genius moment of tipsiness¬†and reached for the oreo and coconut pudding mixes.¬†¬† Variety is the spice of life!¬†

Pop into the fridge.  They should be ready fairly quickly (like 25 minutes or so) but you can keep them in the fridge for a day if you need to.

Right before serving, top each cup with a squirt of whipped cream and your garnish of choice.

I used  Oreo pudding and garnished them with crushed oreos. This was the first flavor to get gobbled up.  They were amazing.

And I made the pistachio which I forgot to photograph (bad blogger!).

I also made coconut cream topped with toasted coconut,  which were my favorite.