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Layered Trifle for St. Patrick’s Day

ImageToday I chatted with Annie Mitchell, as usual, on the Sonrise Morning Show for Sacred Heart Radio here in Cincinnati. St. Patrick was the subject since we celebrate his feast day tomorrow March 17.  Anyway, I thought you’d enjoy this recipe celebrating this beloved saint.

I first saw the trifle/parfait at a presentation I did for Ault Park Garden Club this week. A member, Pam, made these. I found the recipe easily online so here it is!

St. Patrick’s Day Trifle/Parfait

Now this is so easy even the kids can make it.

To make it a bit more elegant, substitute cooked vanilla pudding for the instant and real whipped cream for the cool whip. That’s what I did and I boosted the cooked vanilla pudding by adding one egg to the measuring cup, beating it up a little, then pouring in milk. The egg makes it taste like homemade.


▪        1 package brownie mix (enough to make an 8×8 tray) *you can also use a homemade brownie recipe

▪        1 (3.4 oz) box vanilla pudding (instant) or cooked (see Rita’s note above)

▪        8 oz cool whip or real whipped cream

▪        Green food coloring



1.      Bake  brownies according to directions. Allow to cool completely.

2.      Make pudding according to directions. Once pudding is done, add in a few drops of green food coloring, or until desired shade of green is reached.

4.      To assemble trifle: make layers however  you want, like the photo, or by layering pudding, cool whip, brownies, etc.

Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve!! *You can also use pistachio pudding if you don’t want to use food coloring!

Note: you can top it with a thin mint as the photo above shows.

Trivia about St. Patrick and St. Patrick’s Day:

Who was the man behind St. Patrick’s Day? He wasn’t even Irish.  The real St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish.


He was born in Britain around A.D. 390 to an aristocratic Christian family with a townhouse, a country villa, and plenty of slaves.


What’s more, Patrick professed no interest in Christianity as a young boy. At 16 he was kidnapped and sent overseas to tend sheep as a slave in Ireland for seven years.  While he was there, he converted to Christianity. He eventually wound up back in Ireland, was ordained and spent the rest of his life converting the Irish to Christianity.


The St. Patrick mythology includes the claim that he banished snakes from Ireland.


There were no snakes in Ireland, but since snakes represent evil, the  symbol is that he drove the old, evil, pagan ways out of Ireland and brought in Christianity.

Color Green


Believe it or not, the color of St. Patrick was not actually green, but blue!  It became green  because Ireland is green all year.

It is said that it also brings good luck, especially when worn on St. Patrick’s Day.


Celtic Cross

Saint Patrick was familiar with the Irish language and culture, because of his time as a slave there. When Patrick went back to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity, he was successful because he didn’t try to make the Irish forget their old beliefs. He combined their old beliefs with the new beliefs.

One example of this is the Celtic Cross. Saint Patrick added the sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the Christian cross to create what is now called a Celtic cross, so that the new symbol of Christianity would be more natural to the Irish.

Shamrock. “Shamrock” is the common name for three-leafed clovers native to Ireland.

The shamrock was chosen Ireland’s national emblem because of the legend that St. Patrick had used it to illustrate the doctrine of the Trinity.

Patrick demonstrated the meaning of the Three-in-One by picking a shamrock from the grass growing at his feet and showing it to his listeners. He told them that just as the shamrock is one leaf with three parts, God is one entity with three Persons



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