Firecracker Bites

31  Ratings
  • 30 min prep
  • 2 hr 30 min total
  • Makes 14 servings, 3 wafer sandwiches each.

Oooh! Ahhh! Everyone will have a blast with these frozen gems that explode with a creamy center of pudding, Cool Whip and cream cheese.

Firecracker Bites Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1-1/2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, divided
  • 1 pkg. (11 oz.) NILLA Wafers
  • 1/2 cup mixed red, white and blue sprinkles
  • 42 pieces red string licorice (1 inch)

Instructions

  • Beat  cream cheese in large bowl with mixer until creamy. Gradually beat in milk. Add dry pudding mix; beat 2 min. Whisk in 1 cup COOL WHIP.
  • Spoon  about 1-1/2 Tbsp. pudding mixture onto each of half the wafers; cover with remaining wafers to make sandwiches. Freeze 2 hours or until filling is firm.
  • Spread  tops of wafer sandwiches with remaining COOL WHIP. Dip in sprinkles. Insert licorice piece in top of each for the fuse. Freeze until ready to serve.

Recipe Tips

Size-WiseSweets can be part of a balanced diet but remember to keep tabs on portions.

Variation Omit sprinkles. Divide 3/4 cup  sweetened coconut into thirds. Place 2 portions in separate resealable plastic bags. Add 2 drops blue food coloring to coconut in one bag and 2 drops red food coloring to coconut in second bag. Seal bags; shake until coconut is evenly tinted. Dip tops of wafer sandwiches in remaining COOL WHIP, then dip in one of the colored coconuts. Insert licorice piece in top of each.

NoteIf you have any pudding mixture left over or choose to not make all 42 wafer sandwiches, layer remaining pudding mixture in parfait glasses with fresh fruit, such as strawberries and blueberries. Top each parfait with a dollop of the remaining COOL WHIP.

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Nutrition Information

Makes 14 servings, 3 wafer sandwiches each.

Nutrition per serving:

  • Calories 260 
  • Total fat 12 g
  • Saturated fat 6 g
  • Cholesterol 30 mg
  • Sodium 270 mg
  • Carbohydrate 35 g
  • Dietary fiber 0 g
  • Sugars 24 g
  • Protein 3 g
  • Vitamin A 4 %DV
  • Vitamin C 0 %DV
  • Calcium 4 %DV
  • Iron 4 %DV

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