Patriotic Cheesecake and Meringue Parfaits for Canada Day or 4th of July

Today, I’m going to share a delicious (and I mean de-LISH-ous) recipe that you can make for Canada Day or 4th of July. Oh, and I have a very important safety lesson to share with y’all as well.
When it comes to recipes, especially desserts, I like to stay inside my comfort zone.  What comfort zone is that? Cream cheese and peanut butter.  Pretty much every recipe I make has one, or both, of these ingredients in it – no fail.  (My husband says sarcastically that I would make a great chef.)
To make this yummy Cheesecake and Meringue Parfait, you will need…
  • 2 pkg. of cream cheese (8 oz)
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 pkg fat free vanilla instant pudding (4 serving size)
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • meringues (buy them already made, or follow a recipe like this one)
  • berries (I used strawberries for Canada Day and added blueberries for 4th of July)
Start my beating the cream cheese.  Then, slowly beat in the milk.  Add the pudding mix.  Then, transfer to another bowl (if you are using a stand mixer, or grab a new bowl if you are using a hand mixer), and whip your cream.  Once the cream is whipped, reserve about 3/4 cup for garnishing and then carefully FOLD the remainder into the cream cheese mixture.  Make sure to fold, and not stir or beat, because you don’t want to lose the air you just whipped into your cream.
To layer, I started with cream cheese mixture, then crumbled meringues, then berries.  I added another layer of meringue and cream cheese mixture, and then topped it with a dollop of whipped cream. I added some berries to garnish the top as well.
I added some cute washi tape around the jars and then added the washi tape to the lollipop sticks as well that held the cute little tags.  Adorable, right?
Now… to the safety lesson of this post.  See this cute arrangement that I had set up?
Well… immediately after I took this picture to check my lighting, a strong wind blew in, the whole thing blew over, all of the sparklers lit up, which caught the backdrop paper on fire, as well as the shoe boxes behind it. I had to run and get a bucket of water as I freaked out and pictured my house burning down.  Here’s the after shot of the above picture.
Not so pretty!  I quickly changed my set up for safety reasons (and plus, I had no sparklers left)… so be careful out there, and maybe don’t try that at home :)

About Sarah

Sarah Desjardins is a mother of two girls, a wife, an elementary school teacher, and a self proclaimed glitter addict. Becoming Martha is a place for anyone who wants to make their domestic life more beautiful and creative. Sarah started Becoming Martha as a place to find bliss between the diapers and the dishes, and invites you to do the same.


  1. I still cannot believe you burned down a blog set! I’m laughing but glad you are safe! The parfaits look great! Pinning!

  2. Because you’re okay, I think I’m allowed to laugh {because I totally am}. All jokes aside…these look great :)

  3. I’m laughing over here, but I know it’s serious. 😉 Glad you’re ok…but wow! hahaha

  4. So cute! Glad you’re okay!

  5. They look yummy and so cute! So glad you and the house are OK…it makes me think about making sure I’m careful when I taking pictures. The “Don’t try this at home” line cracks me up. 😉

  6. These look yummy!

  7. These sound amazing! Might have to try this very soon. Glad the sparklers didn’t cause too much damage!

  8. Very cute!! We would love for you to share with our Kitchen Fun & Crafty Friday link party!:) Just put it up!

  9. These look delicious and what a great presentation! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday!

  10. These look delicious and lesson learned!
    I am also stopping by to let you know that this project has been featured in my Patriotic Round-up of recipes and craft ideas. You can view the post here:

    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Krafty Cards etc.

  11. I love this idea! I love the recipe, but I also love the washi on your mason jars! I would love it if you would come and link this up at my link party
    Dandelion Wishes Wednesday. I’m also pinning this :)

  12. Those look awesome … washi tape is the best way to make anything cuter, isn’t it? I’m SO glad your house didn’t burn down … can you imagine explaining that one to your husband? :)

  13. Ouch! The accident!!! I am SO sorry, but I had to laugh. I do this kind of stuff all the time, lol! If you don’t mind, how many does this incredibly appealing recipe serves? Thanks so much for sharing!

    • I am so sorry – this comment was buried in my spam folder! It makes about 4-6, depending on what size cups you use. It’s pretty easy to adjust and stretch though by using more meringues and more berries :) Hope that helps!

      • Thanks! And I’ll make sure I keep an eye on the sparklers…

      • Julie, me again! (Getting ready for next Saturday’s big party.) How long in advance can this dessert be made? I like to do things ahead if I can.
        Thanks and sorry for the many questions.

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