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Easy Vanilla Pudding Mousse

Learn how you can make the easiest Vanilla Pudding Mousse recipe that just happens to be a perfect topping for pies, a filling for trifles, as a base for a fruit salad, or even served as a delicious and simple dip for a fruit tray. This one simple recipe is so yummy and versatile, that I am confident it will soon become one of your favorite go-to recipes like it has mine.

Easy vanilla pudding mousse recipe, what to use instead of french vanilla cool whip.
Easy Vanilla Pudding Mousse Recipe.

What to use in place of French Vanilla Cool Whip?

I was in LOVE when the Cool Whip Brand was making, and easily distributing their French Vanilla Cool Whip! It was so good and was just the perfect texture, flavor, and density to top pie (I think ice cream on pie is sometimes just too much).

Anyway, I don’t know if it was just a fad or what, but I haven’t been able to find it in any of the grocery stores in YEARS!…even during the Holidays. It made me sad and it left me with either the option to go without, use the lesser alternate of vanilla ice cream for my pies, or to come up with a solution. You can guess what I decided to do.

Ever the problem solver, I decided that I was going to try to figure out a good substitute for French Vanilla Cool Whip… So I decided to try mixing some form of Vanilla into regular cool whip and the results were perfect so I thought that I would share this easy solution with all of you.

I think that the best thing about this simple mousse recipe is that, it only requires two ingredients and you have a delicious Mousse (you can actually make this in almost any flavor that your heart desires) that can be used for not just topping pies, but it can be a filling for trifles (it, as well as my peanut butter mousse are main ingredients in my Mousse Tracks Trifle recipe actually), what you smother a fruit salad in, or even served as a dip with an assortment of fruit.

How to make this Easy Vanilla Mousse Recipe:

Gather the supplies you are going to need. A medium mixing bowl, a nice mixing spoon, desired flavor (obviously I typically choose Vanilla, Vanilla Bean, Or French Vanilla for this recipe) as well as your Whipped Topping/Cool Whip… yes, this recipe tastes just as good if you use the generic ingredients.

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If you’re new to my site, you’re about to discover just how lazy a person can be in the kitchen…because a lot of my recipes are simplified to the point that all you do is dump and mix…and lucky for you this is one of those recipes!

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Layer your ingredients into the bowl…on top of each other.

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Then stir until well mixed.

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how to make mousse filling for trifle

Can you believe that you are literally already done?! All that’s left to do now is decide what you’re going to use it for and to enjoy this fluffy, yummy treat.

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Whether you want to serve it as is, add some edible yummy sprinkles, use it as a layer for a trifle filling, stir a mixture of fruit/candy bar pieces into it, or as a fruit dip…you’re going to have a crowd-pleasing dessert.

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How to make mousse filling for trifle.

Easy Vanilla Pudding Mousse Recipe

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Learn how to make the easiest Mousse recipe that is perfect as a topping for pies, a filling for trifles, as a base for a fruit salad, or even served as a dip with a fruit tray.


  • 1 (16 Oz) Large Tub Of Whipped Topping (thawed)
  • 1 (3.4 oz) Package Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix (dry)


How to make vanilla pudding mousse:

Layer ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl.

Stir until well incorporated/mixed.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.


This recipe needs to be used/consumed within a day or two of making it as it will lose its froth over time.

You can easily switch up your flavor of pudding to make whatever flavor mousse that your heart desires.

This recipe typically makes enough to use as two thick mousse layers in a standard-sized trifle dish.

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How to make mousse filling for trifle.
Easy Vanilla Pudding Mousse.

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For those of you that would like the option of another “pinnable image” for Pinterest, here you go, thanks again for the support!:

How to make mousse filling for trifle. Learn how to make the easiest Mousse recipe that is perfect as a topping for pies, a filling for trifles, as a base for a fruit salad, or even served as a dip with a fruit
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*This post was originally shared on this website on October 31, 2011, and has since been updated to improve user experience, as well as it now has a free printable recipe card and photo/video instructions too. 
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