Here’s an easy dessert for Independence day and it looks great too! I started with a recipe from Kraft Foods, and changed out the jello for the pudding. If you use fat-free pudding with low-fat or nonfat milk, it can be a more healthy dessert too.

July 4th Bowl Dessert


* 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese softened * 3 cups cold milk * 2 pkg. (3.4 oz.) vanilla flavored instant pudding * 1 tub (8oz) whipped topping, thawed and divided * 48 ‘Nilla Wafers * 1/4 cup each blue and red colored sugars * 1/4 cup granulated sugar * 1 cup sliced strawberries * 1 cup blueberries

* 2 bananas, sliced


Beat cream cheese in a large bowl with mixer until creamy. Gradually beat in milk and dry pudding mixes. Gently stir in 2 cups of whipped topping.


Brush tops of wafers with water. Sprinkle 16 wafers with red sugar, 16 wafers with blue sugar, and remaining wafers with granulated sugar.

Arrange 24 wafers on bottom and up the side of 2 1/2qt bowls, alternating colors of wafers. Spoon half the pudding mixture into a bowl; top with layers of half of each fruit. Cover with layers of remaining wafers, pudding mixture and fruit. Top with remaining whipped topping. Refrigerate 2 hours.