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Tailgating With Mini Chocolate Covered Strawberry Shortcake Trifles

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So I’ve mentioned a time or two- or maybe a hundred- that in this family we are huge football fans. Right? One of my favorite things about Fall is the return of football season. Two of my boys play football, all of our kids understand the game, and we plan our life around the football schedules. We are lucky to have friends and family who are also big football fans so through out the Fall our social calendar pretty much revolves around football games. We get tickets for several home games for our Carolina Panthers team and we make a day of it with tailgating. We also have the local college team to support and we try to take the kids to a few games each season. But even when we are at home watching the games we make it a fun experience full of family, friends, and food! It’s not unusual for us to have 25 or more people in our house on Sunday’s to watch the games with us because our older kids are at the age where they have friends in and out of the house all the time. 

One of the most important aspects for me, being the host for football Sunday’s, is food. I’m Southern, we don’t entertain without food. I think it’s in the Southern Bible or something. Most everyone brings contributions to our Sunday football feasts which helps cut down on the expenses for us. We don’t do big dinners, instead we do lots of appetizers and treats. I always tend to make too much because I have a recurring fear of running out of food. That’s an unforgivable sin in the South, y’all. I make sure to have a variety of dips, and finger foods, and sweet treats on hand for our guests and I’m always on the hunt for new dessert ideas that I can turn into individual servings. 

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This week we had a much smaller crowd than normal with only a handful of adults but lots of kids so I decided to make a new sweet treat using Sara Lee® All Butter Pound Cake, Hershey’s® Milk Chocolate Syrup, strawberries, vanilla pudding, strawberry topping, pecan pieces, and whipped topping. One of my family’s favorite dessert recipes is a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Trifle so I changed it up a bit to create individual trifles to serve our guests. I made the adult version in my beautiful long stemmed wine glasses and the kids were served in smaller plastic cups for simplicity and safety. 

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Ingredients:

1 Sara Lee Frozen All Butter Pound Cake, defrosted & cut into small cubes

1 Bottle Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Syrup

1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced

1 box instant vanilla pudding, prepared

1 jar strawberry topping

1 container whipped topping, thawed

1/2 cup pecan pieces

Directions:

1. Cover bottom of serving cup with vanilla pudding- about 2 Tbsp per cup

2. Add layer of pound cake cubes

3. Spoon about 2 Tbsp of strawberry topping over cake

4. Add another layer of cake cubes

5. Spoon another 2 Tbsp vanilla pudding over cake

6. Add another layer of cake cubes

7. Cover cake with sliced strawberries

8. Drizzle about 2 tsp of chocolate sauce over strawberries

9. Top with whipped topping

10. Sprinkle with pecan pieces and garnish with a strawberry

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These adorable little mini cups of trifle turned out great. The kids were hovering around while I was preparing them and one child who shall remain nameless tried to sneak off with a couple while my back was turned. Sneaky sneaky kids. I love that these sweet treats took very little time to prepare and they were just the right size for entertaining. I was really excited to serve them to our friends during our Sunday Football Gathering. 

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These are definitely going to be a regular feature at our Sunday football gatherings. Everybody raved about them and asked for the recipe. I can see myself making these for all kinds of different gatherings or potlucks!

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