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Patriotic Trifle Recipe

Patriotic Trifle Recipe

Get ready for oohs and aahs when you bring out this pretty trifle. Don't forget to include one tiny American flag for each child in your group. They'll love it! —Sandra Brown, Independence, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:16-20 servings


  • 1 package (3 ounces) berry blue gelatin
  • 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries, quartered
  • 1 prepared angel food cake (8 to 10 ounces), cut into 1-inch cubes


  • 1. In two small bowls, combine each gelatin flavor with 1 cup boiling water. Stir 1/2 cup cold water into each. Pour each into an ungreased 9-in. square pan. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until set.
  • 2. In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Fold in 2 cups whipped topping.
  • 3. Set aside 1/4 cup blueberries and 1/2 cup strawberries for garnish. Cut the gelatin into 1-in. cubes. In a 3-qt. trifle bowl or serving dish, layer the strawberry gelatin, half of the cake cubes, the remaining blueberries and half of the pudding mixture.
  • 4. Top with blue gelatin and remaining cake cubes, strawberries and pudding mixture. Garnish with reserved berries and remaining whipped topping. Serve immediately. Yield: 16-20 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 160 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 250mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein .

Reviews for Patriotic Trifle

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cindiak 248752
Reviewed May. 28, 2016

"This was not only delicious, the presentation was beautiful. Made if for a picnic today and got lots of compliments on it."

4aker 209127
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2014

"I have made this dessert for years and years and each time it's eaten up! Yes, it gets messy when you dive in, but I haven't made a trifle yet that doesn't!! It is a beautiful presentation to any party or picnic too!!"

puzzlemad 166689
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2014

"I made this for a church potluck. I got many compliments & it was delicious as well as eye catching. Also it was easy to make.. A keeper!"

Tami12 153500
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2014

"Pretty can't wait to try"

kalo123 79777
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2014

"Instead of jello, I use blueberry and strawberry pie fillings. That way you don't have to worry about the jello melting. Every time I make it, I get lots of compliments and have so many people request the recipe so I started making up 3x5 cards with the recipe on it so I can just hand them out when someone asks. That way I don't have to try to remember who wanted the recipe later on."

klandrews84 169319
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2014


Saybeebisber 153499
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2013

"I made this for a church gathering over the summer and it went fast! I was not a fan of the jello flavors but that's just personal preference! I was scouted out at church to make it again soon for a Ladies Retreat, but instead, I plan to use orange jello with mandarin oranges or fresh oranges! Thought I'd change it up a bit for the Fall season!"

dwilfer 209126
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

"It was easy to make and made such a positive impression..AND it tasted SO good. YUM!"

recipegirl25 96715
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2012

"Made for labor day picnic. Everyone loved it!! Very professional looking when all put together. Delicious!!"

mommayor 99104
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2012

"Followed the recipe exactly, was very good but the jello made it sloppy. So I made it again for a pool party without the jello and it was great! I will continue to make this without the jello."

nicolio_l 70165
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2012

"My husband made this dessert for a fourth of July celebration we had a couple of days ago. It was a huge hit! And instead of making the actual jello and putting it in with the angel food cake, he mixed the jello with the cool whip and made it into a mousse. It turned out great and the angel food cake didn't get mushy from the jello melting. Would definitely recommend this recipe to anyone!!"

danali2001 171772
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2012

"Great recipe for the kids to make! Except for handling the boiling water for the jello, my kids were able to make this dessert with minimal supervision. I thought the jello, pudding, and cake combo might be a little weird, but we ended up really liking it. It might become a 4th of July staple at our house."

ELindsey50 79776
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2012


amethystra 99102
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2012

"I love watching the Food Network and two different personalities had suggestions that are perfect for this recipe: Sandra Lee said that she will put the milk in the freezer for 15 minutes before mixing it up in her banana pudding. The second came from the Neely's. They made their own whipped cream by using 1 cup heavy cream, 4 Tbsp confectioners sugar and 1 tsp vanilla. Just mix the heavy cream for a couple of minutes, add the confectioner's sugar and mix until you have soft peaks. Fold in the vanilla."

Brenda625 107048
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2012

"I made this for a party and everyone else seemed to like it. I thought it was just okay. I didn't like to pudding/jello/cake combo. It really didn't really seem to go together. It looked nice until the first spoonful was taken out, then it started to look really messy. Something about the texture of jello and cake was weird. I would do it with the pudding, fruit, cake, and whipped topping or the jello, fruit and whipped topping but not with all of it together. Like I said, everyone else seemed to like it but me."

wasoongu 99101
Reviewed May. 28, 2012

"This was fun to take to a Memorial Day picnic at church. It was really pretty layered in the bowl, but didn't look as yummy once people started digging in. But it got eaten up with lots of smiles and requests for the recipe. I made a homemade angel food cake and added extra blueberries and strawberries. The trifle served TONS of people -- way more than the recipe said."

MJwrabbit 79775
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012


bethdet 153496
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2011

"I made this for our fourth of July party - It was a huge hit! People kept coming back for more!"

pbnj2009 168024
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2011

"Everyone loves this everytime I make it. Its great for family get-togethers and work parties :-)"

Semmy4Ever 70162
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2011

"Really really good I would make this again! I made this for fourth of July. It went over really good! It may take a while but a treat after it is done!!"

JessBella6 209125
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2011

"The only thing better than the taste is the presentation!"

digsindirt 155733
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2011

"This was so easy to make and the Family all said WOW! at the same time. Delicious!"

thumbunny 166686
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2011

"The recipe was easy to make and a delight to look at. I do think I prefer trifles without jell-o however!"

dowbow 79774
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2011

"Beautiful and very tasty too! Thanks for sharing."

willgertig 70159
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2011

"Very Easy, used non-fat Reddi Whip in can for final servings instead of frozen non-dairy topping"

Deebi27 107047
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2011

"Good possiility for the weekend, with a few "light" changes! Well almost light, how about using pound cake instead of angel food. Double YUM!"

dawn10 107045
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2011

"Trifles always look like they take a lot of time to put together and are visually stunning. They are really very easy and this one really is fantastic for a patriotic holiday. All my grown children are extremely health conscious but with sugar-free and fat-free ingredients, they enjoy this dessert as much as my grandchildren."

shaa255 79773
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2011

"Were can you find berry blue gelatin? I have looked all over and can not find it."

kyrajo 169318
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2011

"Made it birthday party. All went. Super good. Makes a little more than what the recipe says--which is fine. Will make again."

barbpriest 168015
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2011

"Refereshing! I made this for food day at work everybody like it. I substituted sugar free instant pudding & sugar free jello, sugar free cool whip in the recipe. Turned out great."

patricagreenglass 153916
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2011

"It look so good.And it is a healty dersert"

vh651 131661
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2011

"Oohs and Ahhs!!! I made this for a 4th of July BBQ. The kids couldn't wait to get to it. everyone wanted seconds. And yes we did have a flag for each child!!!"

onlymoira 97402
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2011

"Made this Sunday for a Memorial Day cookout at my aunt and uncle's. It was a BIG hit! I put one medium flag in the middle in remembrance of my uncle who passed who was a veteran of the Korean war. Instead of the extra mini-flags I taught the kids how to make pinwheels.

HUGE hit all around!"

Mimohabrta 166685
Reviewed May. 31, 2011

"I don't fix many fancy desserts...but this one caught my eye for Memorial Day Cookout for my family---BIG HIT! SO EASY!"

lramey 209124
Reviewed May. 30, 2011

"I made this for our memorial day picnic and everyone loved it. Refreshing dessert on a hot day."

crzy4jc99 155731
Reviewed May. 30, 2011

"I made this recipe for a Memorial Day picnic at my mom's today and it was a hit. Will definitely make it again!"

Carebears_pugs73 99100
Reviewed May. 19, 2011

"it's looking good .. I will make this recipes."

NancyBickings 107043
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2010

"This was excellent. I used 1%milk for pudding and homemade whipped cream for the cool whip. This desert was gone in minutes!! I will certainly make it again!!! Thank you, Nancy"

bconley1424 131571
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2010

"made this for our 4th of july cookout and everyone raved about how good it was. my sister in law said i was in charge of desserts from now on and that is a huge compliment. it was so easy to make and tasted yummy. will make again for sure!"

NancyBickings 168014
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2010

"This was excellent. I used 1%milk with pudding because that's what I had and made homemade whipped cream and folded it into the vanilla pudding. WOW it was gone in minutes!!!!!"

polkalady1 79749
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"I made this trifle for my co-workers and for the July 4th dinner. Everyone raved about it ! It is so easy to make, too!

Marge Szmania"

ortiz42 167251
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2010

"I don't even like Jello this was fantastic and went very quickly"

ChevalDeLis 166684
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2010

"Fast, easy, delicious and gorgeous! Makes quite the statement at a party or gathering. Trifles always look so outrageously complicated, but are so simple to do."

kim3811 209123
Reviewed May. 30, 2010

"This dessert was a hit at our Memorial Day gathering. Some of the guests took pictures of it! Easy to make and delicious too. Can't wait to make it for the Fourth of July."

vh651 166683
Reviewed May. 27, 2010

"I made this for the 4th of July, everyone young and old raved about it and it disappeared instantly. I will make it for Memorial day also."

Evelyn Mcelroy 153908
Reviewed May. 26, 2010

"I made this for a Meeting of 16 ladies and everyone applauded! Next time I think I will use more pudding. Loved it!"

ayost 166681
Reviewed May. 24, 2010

"Very good"

starscreeam 171771
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2009

"This dessert was the hit of our July 4th cookout. There were even people taking pictures of it! I used sugar free strawberry jello (no, there is currently no s/f blue jello) and pudding, 1% milk, and lite whipped topping. There was none left as everyone took home the little bit that was leftover from dinner!"

gilbreathc 79748
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2009

"I made this for the 4th of July and it was a big hit in that it was so pretty and was delicous too. Plan to make it again this weekend for company. cbg"

Sandikat2 99099
Reviewed May. 14, 2009


Since we have a diabetic in the family I'm always looking at ways to change the recipe to suit us.
I would use sugar free jello (at least strawberry - I'm not sure if they have sf berry blue). Low to no-fat milk, sf instant vanilla pudding and "whipped topping" FREE!
I have had all the changes I am suggesting at different times and they taste very good. This should be delightful even with my changes!
Thanks for the recipe."

kchrwh 131569
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2008

"I've made this twice and both events that I took this to, the people loved it. It's so quick & easy to make as long as you remember to get your jello going several hours before you need to make the trifle. I would highly recommend this recipe."

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