So what do you do when someone asks you to create a recipe using Pop Tarts? That’s the challenge I was faced with when Walmart recently asked me if I was up to writing a Pop Tart recipe. . . I decided to make a trifle!
We don’t eat Pop Tarts much at the Frugal Upstate Village Homestead–they are usually a special “hunting season” or “camping trip” type purchase. Purely a guilty pleasure breakfast and snack food. They are sort of an all in one item-a completed food rather than an ingredient. For some reason “trifle” was the thing that immediately came to mind.
What is a trifle? Well, it’s a layered dessert typically made of cake, custard/pudding, fruit, gelatin and whipped cream. I decided to skip the gelatin and substitute in Pop Tarts for the cake. Since I started with Strawberry Frosted Pop Tarts, I matched it up with vanilla pudding, strawberries and blueberries.
The recipe is really more of a technique–you make up your pudding and let it soft set. Next you gently layer the Pop Tarts (I cut mine into 8ths), pudding, fruit, Pop Tarts, Whipped Topping, and fruit. Just continue until you run out of ingredients!
This is best if you can make it and then place it in the fridge for several hours for the layers to sort of meld together. Because of the red white and blue color scheme, this would be a lovely dessert to serve for the 4th of July or Memorial Day. By changing out the pudding, Pop Tart flavor and fruit you could completely change the character of the dish. What about strawberry Pop Tarts with chocolate pudding and strawberries? Or chocolate Pop Tarts, Chocolate Pudding and cherries (or cherry pie filling). . . the combinations are limitless.