Last Christmas, I made this dessert for a Christmas dinner. It is so easy, light and delicious!
The Christmas season is always jam-packed full of sweet treats, savoury appetizers and other tantalizing treats. This trifle is a perfect dessert for after Christmas dinner- not too heavy, but still sweet enough to satisfy! Oh, and the best part is that it needs to be made at least 24 hours ahead of time to allow the flavours to mingle! The marshmallows sweeten and stabilize the whipped cream.
Go buy your candy canes NOW! Last year, I waited until Christmas Eve, and had to go to about 5 stores before I found some! Also, I let my husband crush the candy canes last year. Take my advice. Double bag them in Ziploc bags before taking a rolling pin to them! We had little bits of peppermint everywhere for a long time!
Some ideas for garnishing the top- candy canes put into a heart shape, crushed Nilla Wafers, crushed candy canes… let your imagination run!
Of course, I didn’t write down any notes while I was making the trifle, but I think I made 1-1/2 times the recipe to fill my trifle bowl. It made quite a few servings too! If you don’t have a trifle bowl, the recipe makes a 9×13 pan
recipe adapted from Secret Life of a Chef’s Wife
makes a 9×13 pan
1 cup finely crushed peppermint candy canes (put them in a ziploc bag and hit with a rolling pin!)
2 cups whipping cream- whipped, but not sweetened. No Cool Whip!
3 cups mini marshmallows
1 box Nilla Wafer cookies, most crushed, but save some whole for a middle layer, if you’d like!
Additional candy canes or Nilla Wafers for garnish, if desired
Fold the crushed candy canes into the whipped cream. Add marshmallows and fold together well.
Pour half of the crushed Nilla Wafers in the bottom of your pan/bowl. Pour half of the whipped cream mixture on top. Layer more crushed Nilla wafers, and line the whole ones up along the edge of the dish if you’d like. Finish with the rest of the whipped cream mixture! Smooth the top, and garnish as desired! Refrigerate at least 24 hours before serving.
The Hungry Teacher