Let’s Make this Super Easy 4th of July Dessert Trifle Together

Let’s make this quick and easy Fourth of July Dessert Trifle together!

Holidays bring out the best in us with good times involving food, family, and fun!  

Notice, I listed FOOD first?  That’s because whenever we have a big family get-together, the first thing we discuss is menus. I  am starting with the  Fourth of July desserts!

 

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Let’s make this fun and easy 4th of July dessert together!

 

For celebrating July 4th, this festive dessert is always at the top of our lists.  I started making it over 15 years ago, based on a Jell-O ad in a magazine.  I decided this year, it was my kids’ turn to learn how to make it!  I love when our family traditions are a little quirky!

Easy 4th of July Dessert Jell-O Trifle Recipe

One of the best things about this recipe is that kids can get involved in almost every single step of the yummy 4th of dessert process.  Let’s start with gathering the ingredients that you will need.

 

fourth of july dessert trifle ingredients
This is what you will need to make the easy 4th of July dessert.

Ingredients Needed

  • 1 quart fresh strawberries
  • 1 quart fresh blueberries
  • 1 large pound cake (found in freezer section)
  • 1 large container whipped dessert topping
  • 1 6oz pkg strawberry Jell-O
  • 1 6oz pkg berry blue Jell-O

Directions to Make Jello Dessert Trifle

fourth of july desert trifle making it

Step 1

Prepare Jell-O according to package directions and chill in shallow pans.  

Cooking with Kids Tip: This is a great opportunity for little ones to see simple directions in play – I read all the directions out loud to my son as I was making it and even enlisted his stirring help.

4th of July dessert directions step 2 - cut everything into bite size pieces
Time to cut everything to be ready for layering!

Step 2

Wash and prepare the fruit – cut the strawberries into bit sized pieces.  

Step 3

When set, cut the Jell-O with a knife into squares.

Cut the pound cake into 1″ cubes – I keep my pound cake frozen until we are ready to build the trifle – it tends to crumble less.

Layering the 4th of july jello trifle step 3
This is my favorite part!

Step 4

Layer the ingredients in a tall, clear glass bowl or trifle dish: 

  1. Start with pound cake, then the berries, followed by whipped topping
  2. Continue to layer with the  Red Jell-O
  3. Whipped topping
  4. Blue Jell-O
  5. Depending on how deep your bowl, is continue to layer until you reach the top.  
  6. This is another great opportunity to allow your kids to “build” the trifle.
child making 4th of July dessert trifle by layering in large glass bowl
So many layers…

Make Individual 4th of July Dessert Trifles

Another option that works really well for your Fourth of July picnic is to make individual trifle servings with clear plastic cups.  Kids can customize what they want and build special trifles for family members!

Chatting About Independence Day While in the Kitchen Together

This year, as we built our dessert, we had a great discussion about the 4th of July and the colors that symbolize America.  

The colors of red, white and blue were chosen to be represented in the Great Seal of the United States by the Continental Congress in 1782:

  • White to mean purity & innocence
  • Red for valor & hardiness
  • Blue for vigilance, perseverance, & justice

I was surprised to find that my older kids had a pretty good grasp of what these words meant and how they applied to our country in 1782.

Without the perseverance, hardiness, and purity of our founding fathers, American would not be what it is today.

finished fourth of July trifle in clear bowl
Time to eat!

Enough with the history lesson!

Doesn’t this look GOOD?

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How did your 4th of July dessert trifle turn out?  Did you make a big one or individual servings?

2 Comments

  1. Hey – love your trifle! We do a similar one at our place for Christmas, only we layer all the goodies, then pour the jello over top of everything in the bowl and stick it in the fridge until set (usually overnight) – then throw the whip cream on top. Any which way is yummy! 🙂 Happy 4th of July!

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