Louisiana Bride: Twinkie Trifle

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Twinkie Trifle

Today we're visiting another one of Nanny's recipes. This one comes from somewhere deep in a Sweet Potato Queens book that I'm not sure of the title, Nanny loved her SP Queens!


 The original recipe calls for canned fruit cocktail and vanilla pudding, but I had to spruce it up a bit. Chocolate and strawberries are more to my liking.

Granted I didn't get to eat any of it due to a baby who hates it when I eat dairy and a Whole30 that deems Twinkies unconstitutional.

However I did hear from a reputable source, my mother, that it tasted good and the Twinkies took on a sponge cake likeness in the depths of the pudding and whipped topping trenches.


The other name for this dessert is White Trash Trifle, so to be somewhat true to the Sweet Potato Queens and my Nanny's tendency to store all leftovers in margarine or whipped topping bowls I didn't make my own whipped cream. 

I'll likely be burned at the stake for this on Pinterest. 

Not making food from complete scratch on there is near blasphemy. 

I did however have a 15lb angry 4 month old strapped to my chest as I pushed a buggie full of things I didn't need at Target, so that alone should get the torch waving from scratch Pinterest people off my back. 

Of it doesn't? 

Then never mind. 

None the less, the ladies of the 1960s were all too happy to see boxed cake mix and premade pudding to bother with from scratch, so as an ode to them... let's not get too complicated on this recipe. 

If it pains you to buy anything from a box, go ahead and make this from scratch. 

I won't judge you. 


 

Twinkie Trifle


Ingredients::
1 box (10 count) Twinkies
Small Instant Chocolate Pudding
2 cups of milk
Large Cool Whip (I used the 8 oz and could have used more)
16 oz container of fresh strawberries, or the fruit of your choosing

Directions::
Follow directions on the pudding and combine with 2 cups of milk, allow to sit in the fridge while you slice Twinkies. Slice twinkies in half lengthwise, exposing the cream center. Slice strawberries.

Make sure your Cool Whip is defrosted, I make this mistake often.

In a trifle bowl begin layering ingredients starting with Twinkies, then pudding, whipped topping, and strawberries. Repeating until all ingredients are used up. I divided mine into 3 Twinkie layers.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Now pat yourself on the back for not succumbing to the pressures of the Internet and using some prepackaged food.

Your waistline isn't thanking you, but I'm sure your taste buds are.

Now I'm going to go eat some Paleo food and dream of the day I can introduce dairy back into my diet with a baby crying from gas all night. 
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