Easy Pumpkin Caramel Trifle
I was hosting a Halloween party and was chatting with my friend Jill about what type of dish she could bring. She offered to make her infamous jumbo, and perfectly decorated and wrapped Rice Krispie Treats, or as her friends and family all know them "Jill's Krispers", or her equally impressive Banana Pudding (which is pretty much just as good if not better than the Magnolia Bakery recipe). I was so torn, but told her to make the Krispers, as they are always such a huge hit with kids and adults alike.
But then the whole pudding thing got me thinking, I'm in the mood for something like pudding, but fall flavored. I swiftly took to Pinterest to look up a recipe for a Pumpkin Trifle. Truth be told they sounded good, but the steps seemed more involved than I wanted to get involved with and/or it was more ingredients than I felt was necessary in achieving a good trifle.
So I winged it, and it came out GOOD! So good that Miss Jilly, the master pudding maker, texted me for the recipe the next morning. I wasn't sure how it was going to come out or if it was going to be "blog worthy" hence my lack of photos.
But it's SO easy, SO delicious, and SO fall. If you aren't feeling another pumpkin pie, this is a great alternative dessert.
By the way you don't need a trifle dish to make this, you can use a large bowl and still layer everything. I did, however, get my trifle dish for super cheap at the Christmas Tree Shop.
Pumpkin Caramel Trifle
- One package store bought Pumpkin Bread Mix (the quick bread mix or whatever you can find)
- One package Jell-O brand caramel flavored instant pudding
- One package vanilla instant pudding
- Two tubs Cool-Whip
- One package ginger snaps (the thin ones, I had a box from IKEA, but Annie's brand would also work well)
- Thaw your Cool-whip in the refridgerator ahead of time.
- Prepare pumpkin bread according to the box direction and let completely cool. Once cooled cut into 1 to 1 1/2 inch size chunks.
- Prepare the two pudding mixes according to the box directions in two separate bowls.
- One all ingredients are thawed/prepared you can now start laying your trifle.
- I start with a layer of pumpkin bread, then a layer of caramel pudding, then a layer of cool whip.
- For the next layer, I then repeat with the layer of pumpkin bread, then a layer of the vanilla pudding and cool whip. Continue to layer alternating the pudding flavors for each layer.
- End with a later of cool whip and then top with crunched up pieces of ginger snaps.
- You could also add the ginger snaps to your other layers if you would like more crunch throughout your trifle.
So that's it! Again, apologize for the terrible photos but this was a very impromptu post! Enjoy!