The 4th of July is a big deal around here. Ever since I met my husband, it has been a tradition that we celebrate our country’s independence with a bang. Literally and figuratively. It’s always been a day we set aside to gather with family and friends for a great party.
And nothing compliments a great party like great food. It’s simply a must. And it’s so much fun to make 4th of July food that looks patriotic too!
Strawberries and blueberries are my go-to when it comes to making red, white and blue food. The colors are so vibrant and all you need is something white to make it looks super cool and festive for the 4th or any patriotic holiday. And berries are perfect for a yummy summer dessert.
But berries spoil FAST in store packaging which means that if you have kept your delicious fresh fruit in the package it came in, they might already be spoiled by the time you get ready to make your 4th of July goodies. Thankfully, I store my berries in new Rubbermaid® Freshworks™ Produce Saver containers which gives me the peace of mind that my berries will still be fresh when I get ready to make my 4th of July dessert.
FreshWorks™ Produce Saver containers are a brand new technology from Rubbermaid called FreshVent™ which helps to keep produce fresher up to 80% longer than store packaging by naturally regulating the flow of O2 and CO2 inside the container. The containers use Rubbermaid’s CrispTray™ and are dishwasher safe and BPA-free. They come in three different sizes (Small: $9.99; Medium: $12.99; Large: $15.99) to suit your needs.
You can see firsthand just how much longer my strawberries lasted in new Rubbermaid® Freshworks™ plus learn more about the containers in my previous articles:
- What’s in Season? – Keeping Produce Fresher Longer
- How Long do Your Strawberries Last?
- How to Store Produce so it Stays Fresher Longer
- Keeping Produce Fresh is Critical for a Healthy Lifestyle
The morning of the 4th this year, I decided that I wanted to make a patriotic fruit trifle with blueberries and strawberries, both of which I had in my fridge in my Rubbermaid® Freshworks™ containers. It’s a no-bake dessert that is fun and fairly easy to make. If you don’t have a trifle dish (I got mine at Target) you can always use a regular bowl or glass casserole dish, it just won’t look as cool. I believe mine is a 5 quart trifle dish.
You can use a cake mix for the cake or buy an angel food or pound cake already made from the store. I used a gluten-free cake mix in mine. The only real effort in this is blending up the cream layer.
Once the cream layer ingredients are blended, and the strawberries sliced up you can then begin assembling your trifle.
- 2 - 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened
- 1-1/2 cups vanilla yogurt
- 1 stick of butter, softened
- 1 package strawberries (about 1 lb)
- 1-1/2 packages blueberries (about 1 lb)
- 1 vanilla or yellow cake (angel food, pound cake, etc) - approx 16 oz
- ½ cup powdered sugar (optional)
- Add cream cheese, yogurt and butter to a mixer and beat until smooth. Add in powdered sugar (if using) and beat until combined.
- Hull and slice the strawberries and cut up the cake into 1" squares.
- Divide the cake, cream mixture and berries into 3 equal parts.
- Put ⅓ of the cake pieces into the bottom of the trifle dish. Add ⅓ of the cream over the top of the cake, then layer ⅓ of the strawberries and ⅓ of the blueberries. Repeat for the second layer. For the third layer, add the cake and the cream and then arrange the berries into a flag shape on top of the trifle.
You can actually layer the fruit however you want. The first layer can be all strawberries and the second layer all blueberries, then combine them on top, or layer it as I have with both berries on each layer.
I love the way this turned out!
It tasted great too! The cream has sort of a cheesecake flavor, not to sweet, not too tart and was a great compliment to the berries.
And thanks to my Rubbermaid® Freshworks™ Produce Saver containers, the strawberries and blueberries were still fresh, juicy and delicious.
Make sure you have enough people coming over to enjoy this dish, it really is best the day it is made, although we had some the next day and it was still delicious.
Don’t forget to Pin this Recipe on Pinterest for your next patriotic holiday!