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No Bake Patriotic Hot Fudge Cheesecake Trifles

I’ve partnered with M&M’S® to create a fun red, white and blue recipe:  No Bake Patriotic Hot Fudge Cheesecake Trifles

Patriotic Trifles Recipe

You may find yourself thinking about what sweet treat to serve for a Memorial Day BBQ or 4th of July party.  This is it!  These are made as individual servings, and they’re perfectly patriotic.


You’ll begin to spot the red, white and blue M&M’S in the stores as we approach 4th of July… but, of course, you can also use the original variety of M&M’S for this recipe too.

Patriotic Trifles

I made my trifles in 4 tall glasses… but here’s a party tip for you:  use short plastic glasses for easy clean-up, and you’ll get 8 trifles out of the recipe.  Double the recipe to make 16 easy, grab-and-go desserts for your party!  Layer cake, M&M’S, cheesecake whipped cream, hot fudge and then start the layering again to fill up the glasses.

Patriotic Trifles from

The best part about this recipe is that trifles are so EASY to make, and they’re NO BAKE!  Who wants to turn on the oven when you’re getting ready for a party?  Put your teenagers in charge of assembling these.  Layering goodies in a cup is kind of like an art project, right?

Patriotic Trifles from RecipeGirl

A sprinkling of M&M’S gives these trifles the most festive look possible.  The crunch of the chocolatey M&M’S is a perfect pairing with the cake, the whipped cream and the hot fudge.  It’s all a sweet, delicious treat that is perfect for your summer BBQs!

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Yield: 4 large trifles (or 8 mini)

Prep Time: 30 minutes

No Bake Patriotic Hot Fudge Cheesecake Trifles


Cheesecake Whipped Cream:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Trifle Layers:

  • Red, white and blue M&M'S (or original)
  • Prepared pound cake (homemade, store bought or frozen), cut into 3/4-inch squares
  • Hot fudge, heated very briefly to make it easy to stir- but not hot


  1. Prepare the cheesecake whipped cream:  In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the cream cheese and sugar.  Add the heavy whipping cream and mix until thick and creamy- about 1 minute.
  2. Assemble the trifles:  You can make 4 good sized individual trifles or 8 smaller trifles (I recommend short plastic cups if you're making them for a party= easy clean-up!)  Layer the trifles in this order:  cake, M&M's, cheesecake whipped cream, hot fudge... then continue the same layering until you get to the top- ending with whipped cream and M&M'S.
  • Make-ahead tip:  You can make these several hours ahead- just keep them refrigerated.  Add the top layer of M&M's just before serving.

Here are a few more trifle recipes you might enjoy:

12 Responses to “No Bake Patriotic Hot Fudge Cheesecake Trifles”

  1. postedMay 27, 2016 9:03 AM

    I love that this is no bake! And M&M’s are my fave 🙂 Love these!

  2. postedMay 27, 2016 9:47 AM

    I’m always looking for easy summer desserts to serve at dinner parties and picnics. These little trifles are perfect! I love the combination of chocolate and cheesecake too. 

  3. postedMay 27, 2016 10:11 AM

    Oh my gosh, what a BRILLIANT idea! This is exactly the type of thing I’d want to dive into at a Memorial Day party! : )

  4. postedMay 27, 2016 10:16 AM

    What a fun and easy idea! I always have M&M’s in my house, so this might be happening sooner rather than later!

  5. postedMay 27, 2016 3:05 PM

    What a fun way to celebrate Memorial Weekend! These are a must-make for sure!

  6. postedMay 27, 2016 4:27 PM

    Well these are just super festive (and dreamy), and I cannot believe I’ve never seen anything like Cheesecake Whipped Cream! I think this is going to my new thing to add to everything! Great recipe — enjoy your weekend!

  7. postedMay 27, 2016 6:29 PM

    These are so fun! I love how easy they are.

  8. postedMay 28, 2016 7:28 PM

    SO fun Lori! Love these treats for Memorial Day or the Fourth!

  9. postedMay 29, 2016 10:17 AM

    Aren’t those patriotic M&M’s the cutest? I love this idea!

  10. postedMay 29, 2016 11:20 PM

    These are so cute! I love how festive (and delicious!) they are! Plus, anything with cheesecake is a winner in my book!

  11. postedMay 31, 2016 8:43 AM

    So festive and fun! I love that you could make it for any holiday just by using that seasons holiday M&Ms! 

  12. postedMay 31, 2016 3:48 PM

    Love these! The patriotic M&Ms are so darn festive, I’ll have to pick them up for the 4th of July!

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