Crowd Pleaser: Summer Sand Pudding!

My two little chefs experimenting with Summer Sand Pudding.

My two little chefs experimenting with Summer Sand Pudding.

We made this originally as a project for Gilly and Rowan, two of my grandkids.  But we quickly realized the adults devoured it just as much (maybe more) than the kids.  So I’m thinking it might be a great choice to take to a cruiser potluck.  It’s easy and quick and I’m pretty sure I could wedge the sand bucket into my boat fridge to chill.  The only downside is the vanilla wafer/oreo layer gets soggy after a day or two, but it rarely lasts that long!  It’s pretty rich for pudding, I may experiment with leaving out the cream cheese … or maybe not.  🙂   I got the original idea from a Facebook post … here’s the original recipe.   And here’s my version, along with photos of the fun involved in making it!

Step 1:  Assemble the ingredients:

4 oreos

1 box vanilla wafers

8 ounces cream cheese – softened

1/4 cup butter – softened

2/3 cup powdered sugar

2 small packages of French Vanilla Pudding – instant

2 3/4 cup milk

12 ounces Cool Whip — I only used about half

Taking turns whipping up the pudding filling:  pudding, milk, powdered sugar, cream cheese and cool whip.

Taking turns whipping up the pudding filling: pudding, milk, powdered sugar, cream cheese and cool whip.

Step 2:  Whip together the pudding mix and milk.  Chill while crushing the “sand”.

Time to crush the vanilla wafers and oreos.  We used the small food processor that I have on the boat.

Time to crush the vanilla wafers and oreos. We used the small food processor that I have on the boat.

Step 3:  Crush the vanilla wafers and oreos together to make the “sand”.  We used the same small food processor that we have on the boat, but if you don’t have a food processor aboard, a rolling pin would accomplish the same result (or a wine bottle for that matter).

Taking turns whipping up the pudding filling:  pudding, milk, powdered sugar, cream cheese and cool whip.

Taking turns whipping up the pudding filling: pudding, milk, powdered sugar, cream cheese and cool whip.

Step 4:  Whip the softened cream cheese and butter into the pudding mixture.   Then add the powdered sugar and cool whip.  Yum!  It takes a bit of mixing to get the lumps out … perfect for taking turns and making sure each grandkiddo gets a chance to use the mixer.

Pour a Layer of Pudding Mixture into the Bottom of the Bucket.

Pour a Layer of Pudding Mixture into the Bottom of the Bucket.

Step 5:  Then add a layer of “sand”.

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Step 6:  Continue layering until the sand bucket is full of sand and pudding layers.

We chilled it a couple hours before lunch ... the kids weren't sure it needed to chill...

We chilled it a couple hours before lunch … the kids weren’t sure it needed to chill…

 

Step 7:  Chill … or not, as you prefer….

Finally, after lunch ... time to take the sand shovel and scoop out some of this lusciousness!

Finally, after lunch … time to take the sand shovel and scoop out some of this lusciousness!

Yum yum yum!  I’m planning on taking a bucket to the next cruiser potluck we attend (along with some small paper plates or bowls and plastic spoons) — a little more trouble, but guaranteed crowd pleaser!   Anyone have different versions of sand pudding?  Please leave a comment and share!  Any more fun ideas for us to fix with the grandkids (ages 4 & 5)?    Can’t wait until they come visit on the boat and we can introduce them to the fun of cruising (i.e. away from the dock!).  Cheers!  Jan

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