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!
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.
- 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
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.
Wash and prepare the fruit – cut the strawberries into bit sized pieces.
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.
Layer the ingredients in a tall, clear glass bowl or trifle dish:
- Start with pound cake, then the berries, followed by whipped topping
- Continue to layer with the Red Jell-O
- Whipped topping
- Blue Jell-O
- Depending on how deep your bowl, is continue to layer until you reach the top.
- This is another great opportunity to allow your kids to “build” the trifle.
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.
Enough with the history lesson!
Doesn’t this look GOOD?
MORE 4TH OF JULY FUN & FOOD FROM KIDS ACTIVITIES BLOG
- Let’s make 4th of July cupcakes!
- These 4th of July sugar cookies bars are so festive.
- You won’t want to miss any of these red white and blue desserts!
- I love these 4th of July strawberries!
- Print off these before dinner 4th of July coloring pages to entertain.
- Make a patriotic windsock craft that will look great at your celebration.
- Oh so many fun patriotic crafts and activities for kids.
- More fun red white and blue food perfect for your fourth of July backyard party.
- You don’t want to miss these Fourth of July coloring pages!
- Transform regular Oreos into patriotic Oreo cookies!
How did your 4th of July dessert trifle turn out? Did you make a big one or individual servings?