Mini S’mores Trifles are layered with rich chocolate pudding, crushed graham crackers, and marshmallow-laced whipped cream for a simple, yummy, no-bake dessert!
National S’mores Day is later this week on August 10th, so I’m excited to be sharing a recipe for a new s’mores treat today! After all, it’s only fair to provide advance notice for gathering ingredients in case you’re the type to actually celebrate food holidays. I’m typically not, but for some reason, I never seem to miss National S’mores Day. 😉
So…these Mini S’mores Trifles! They’re cute and fun and yummy, y’all. Oh, and they’re easy to make! They’re as simple as layering chocolate chip-studded chocolate pudding, crushed graham crackers, and fresh whipped cream with fluffy marshmallows folded in.
And to make ’em extra special and s’mores-like, you can even toast little mounds of marshmallows under the broiler for a couple of minutes and then use a spatula to transfer each mound to the top of each trifle. I realize that doing so technically exempts these treats from being truly “no-bake,” but it really does make for the perfect final touch.
Alternately, if you’ve got a kitchen torch (the kind used for making crème brulée), you could sprinkle marshmallows on top of the trifles and toast them with a torch instead of turning on the broiler, thereby retaining their no-bake status. Or you could just leave them untoasted. They’re going to be scrumptious either way.
I adore these Mini S’mores Trifles for many reasons, in addition to the aforementioned cute/fun/yummy ones. I love that they’re (mostly) no-bake. I love that you can make them ahead of time and pop them in the fridge until serving. I love that you can layer them in Mason jars and then screw on lids for portable, single-serving desserts that are perfect for summer picnics, potlucks, or BBQs.
And you can make them as shortcut or as homemade as you like. You can cook a pot of Homemade Chocolate Pudding, or whip up a batch from a package, or buy a tub of refrigerated pudding at the grocery store.
I prefer crushing my own graham crackers for coarser crumbs, which only takes a minute, but you could also substitute ready-made graham cracker crumbs from a box.
And while I’m a big fan of homemade whipped cream, you could even swap in some store-bought whipped topping to save even more time…shhhhh, I won’t tell!
I layered these Mini S’mores Trifles in pint-sized Mason jars because that’s what I had on hand and they happen to make for pretty pictures. But I have to say…that’s a lot of trifle for a single serving. It worked out fine for us because I just split a trifle between several bowls for dessert each night. However, if you want to serve these trifles at a party or get-together, I’d definitely recommend assembling them in smaller half-pint/8-ounce jars or glasses for individual servings.
Also, because I am
incredibly Type A a visual learner and always seem to screw up layering a trifle (or lasagna, or casserole) unless I first draw myself a diagram of the layers, I thought I’d share my rudimentary sketch here, in the event that it helps any of you… 😉
With less than two weeks to go until the first week of school, I know my kiddos are feeling slightly blue about the demise of summer vacation. So I’m planning on a little back-to-school family celebration at home next week to lift their spirits and (hopefully) get them excited about the impending first day. I think these Mini S’mores Trifles definitely need to make an appearance on the menu, and I’m sure the kids will enthusiastically agree. Happy S’mores Day, friends!
P.S. I’m apparently of the inherent belief that s’mores desserts should always be photographed with accents of light blue. See below photos for further evidence…?
P.P.S. I just figured out how to insert emojis into blog posts. Somebody hold me back…?
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