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Beach Sand Pudding Dessert

This easy summer dessert is made with crushed vanilla wafer cookies, instant vanilla pudding, cream cheese, and Cool Whip – they look just like mini beach sand buckets!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword beach pudding recipe, sand pudding recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 389kcal


  • 8 oz vanilla wafers
  • 2 3.4 oz pkgs instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 cups milk
  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 oz Cool Whip thawed and divided
  • 8 Swedish fish candies
  • 8 miniature beach pails (or one large beach pail)
  • tropical umbrella toothpicks


  • Place vanilla wafers into a blender or food processor and blend until coarse crumbs, set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat pudding mixes and milk with an electric mixer for 2 minutes until thickened.
  •  In a smaller bowl, beat together (no need to clean off beaters) cream cheese and powdered sugar.
  • Add in half of the container of Cool Whip, beat until combined. Add cream cheese mixture into pudding mixture and beat until smooth.
  • To assemble desserts, layer 2 tablespoons crushed vanilla wafers and 1/3 cup pudding mixture into each mini beach pail (or layer into a medium-sized beach sand bucket), repeating layers until almost to the top.
  • Divide remaining Cool Whip among beach pails, spreading out to edges of pail. Top with another 1-2 tablespoons of crushed vanilla wafers.
  • Decorate each with a Swedish Fish candy and an umbrella toothpick. Refrigerate until ready to serve. 


Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 270mg | Potassium: 214mg | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 580IU | Calcium: 162mg | Iron: 0.1mg