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Candy Cane Trifle {Homemade Christmas Recipes}

Around my house we love a good trifle. Christmas is no exception! Not to mention the perfect excuse for a good dessert. Typically we make a yummy brownie trifle, but this year I wanted to try something new and little more festive! So I came up with the
 
Candy Cane Trifle!
 
Here’s the cinch on the recipe…
Ingredients
Red Velvet cake mix
~50 mini candy canes
1 package candy cane Hershey Kisses
3 small boxes of cheesecake Jello pudding
1 tsp vanilla extract
16 oz Cool Whip
4 cups of milk
4 oz cream cheese (not shown)
The cake:
Mix the Red Velvet cake mix according to the box directions.
 
Line a 9×13″ cake pan with aluminum foil and spray generously with cooking spray.
 
Pour in the cake mix and spread evenly throughout the pan.
 
Unwrap at least half of the candy cane Hershey Kisses and drop them on top of the cake mix.
 
Bake the cake according to the box directions.
Allow to cool completely.
When you cut into the cake, your Hershey Kisses will have dropped to the bottom.
The pudding:
Add the 3 boxes of cheesecake Jello to 4 cups of cold milk in a large bowl. Whisk for two minutes then set aside for pudding to thicken (a couple of minutes). Beat in cream cheese and vanilla extract until there are no lumps. Gently fold in 2/3 of the Cool Whip mixing completely.
Candy canes:
Unwrap the mini candy canes and chop them up in a food processor or blender. You want a semi-fine texture. No big chunks! We don’t want any cracked teeth when people bite into the trifle!
 
Now its time to put together the trifle!
 
Cut up (or crumble – I like to just break it up with my hands!) 1/3 of the cake into the bottom of a trifle bowl (or regular bowl – use what you have!).
 
Top the cake with approximately 1/3-1/2 of the pudding mixture.
 
On top of the pudding, sprinkle 1/3-1/2 of the chopped candy canes.
 
Repeat the process again!
 
Decorate the top of your trifle as you like with any
leftover candy canes and/or candy cane Hershey kisses.
 
Note: You may want to wait to decorate immediately prior to presenting your trifle to your family because the candy canes and Kisses may bleed a bit.
Be sure you take a moment to admire your creation before it get devoured! 🙂
 
Yummy and festive, too!
 
You can’t beat that. 😉
 
Also, you can use any leftover ingredients to make a single layer of the trifle and send it to your coworkers (or your husband’s!). They’ll love you for it!
 
 
 
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Karen Taylor

Sunday 28th of December 2014

I made this for Christmas and There was NOTHING left. It was delicious and everyone Loved it. It is also easy to make. Thanks for a new Holiday Tradition!

Brittney Lauren

Saturday 28th of December 2013

Just made this for tonight's Christmas party. Was worried because I didn't have any vanilla extract but I made it without. It looks great and I tried some and it's SOOOO GOOD! Thank you for posting this.

Valerie

Monday 24th of December 2012

I made this this afternoon. This was so easy to make. I love to make Trifles. It is my "thing" during the holidays. Usually I make a Gingerbread or a Chocolate one... This one looked so yummy and festive I had to try it. So glad I did. This is the prettiest one I have ever made. Thanks for the recipe!!

Sarah

Sunday 23rd of December 2012

I couldn't find cheesecake pudding, do you think vanilla will work okay?

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe}

Monday 24th of December 2012

Oh yes, Sarah, vanilla should work just fine! :)

Megan

Tuesday 18th of December 2012

I can't wait to make this! I am obsessed with candy cane kisses, thanks to my sister, so I know that at least we will both love this, who cares if other family doesn't haha!

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