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Easy But Delicious Dessert in a Jar Ideas

There are many joys in life, and sweet treats are right at the top of most people's lists. With so many delicious desserts to choose from, people can use jars to make sweet gifts for their loved ones. In this post, we're going to discuss dessert in a jar ideas and reveal how you can use bulk sweet jars to make traditional recipes more unique. 

Why Use Jars?

There are many benefits of making desserts in a jar, and mason jars are reusable for overnight oats, storing your favourite sweets and even turning into decorations. They're also a fantastic way to contribute to the environment because glass is more sustainable than plastic. 

If you've got children, then it's challenging to teach them about portion control. Mason jars come in various sizes, so you can monitor how much they eat and even create treat size desserts. 

Now you know why dessert in a jar is a fantastic way to celebrate sweet treats, we're going to reveal some fantastic recipes and show you how to incorporate your favourite candy into each one. 

Strawberry Surprise 

Strawberry Surprise is a straightforward dish to make, so you don't need to worry about your cooking skills. You won't even need to go near an oven for this recipe. It combines angel cake, with fresh strawberries and whipped cream to create a flavoursome, summer dessert. 

Buy an angel cake from the supermarket and cut it into small cubes. Layer the bottom of your jar with fresh strawberries, then place the angel cake on top. Finish off with some whipped cream - store-bought is OK, or you can make your own with this simple recipe

You can add some fresh strawberries on top, or do something different by including strawberry bonbons. Remember, if you're serving young children, it might be safer to use strawberry gummy sweets such as Haribo Strawbs. 

No-Bake Key Lime Pie 

Key Lime Pie is a zingy dessert that both children and adults love. The best thing about this recipe is how easy it is. You don't need much preparation time, and all you need to do is mix everything, chill and serve. 

You'll need melted butter, condensed milk, lime zest, lime juice, graham crackers, sugar and cream cheese. See the full recipe here. When it comes to adding a unique twist to your Key Lime, there are plenty of sweets you can use. 

Stronger tasting options include lime and liquorice hard candies, or you could go for a softer flavour to complement the lime such as lemon bonbons or peach creams. Dark chocolate is also a great option.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cups With Chocolate 

Few combinations work together like peanut butter and chocolate, which makes this no-bake dessert perfect for children. All you need is some cookies to make the biscuit base, melted butter, cream cheese, whipping cream, cream cheese, sugar and peanut butter. 

Following the recipe, you should prepare the cups within 15 minutes and then chill them for two hours before serving. One of our favourite ways to dress up this dessert is by using Selby's Chocolate Golden Nut Crumble. Sprinkle some on top or cut up some Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. The choice is yours! 

Peppermint Cheesecake 

If you're searching for an unconventional dessert, then you can't miss this peppermint cheesecake recipe. Simple yet satisfying, you can prepare this dessert in around 10 minutes. 

You'll need to buy some OREO cookies (if possible, but regular biscuits are fine too). Purchase some heavy cream, cream cheese, peppermint extract, and you'll also need butter, sugar and peppermints. 

If you're creating a seasonal dessert, then peppermint candy canes are fantastic additions. You can also crush up some peppermint rock and sprinkle it onto the whipped cream. Get the full recipe here

Recipes That Require a Little More Planning 

No-bake recipes are fine, but they do limit what you can create. If you're preparing for a special occasion, then a little baking could make a world of difference to your loved ones. Here are the best dessert in a jar ideas for keen bakers. 

Red Velvet Romance 

Red Velvet cupcakes are the perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day with that special someone. Still, if you're looking for something extra special, this dessert takes inspiration from the flavoursome cupcakes and add different ingredients for an indulgent treat. 

You'll need to make the cupcakes from scratch, or you can buy them from the supermarket to make things easier. We love the idea of adding parma violets and love hearts to the dish. Whether you mix them in with the cream or place them on top is entirely up to you. 

Click here for the full ingredient list and recipe. 

Rainbow Cake 

The ideal treat for a Birthday party, rainbow cake won't go unnoticed. Imagine bright, daring colours, with fun flavours, and you'll understand why this dessert is so popular. You can find the recipe here, but we'd also recommend that you use flavourings that suit your child's taste. 

For a memorable finisher, top with bubblegum crystals or sherbet powder. Children will love this dessert, but don't be surprised if adults ask for seconds too! 

Chocolate Mousse in a Jar

Everyone enjoys chocolate mousse, and the best thing about this dessert is you can tailor each jar to individual preferences. You'll need a lot of ingredients, but if you have a more straightforward chocolate mousse recipe, feel free to use that instead. 

You can finish the dessert with any sweets you want for adults, including hard candies and chocolate-covered nuts. Younger people will enjoy Love Hearts or softer candies. Click here for the recipe. 

The Takeaway 

There are so many desserts in a jar ideas around, but it's important to remember that the finishing touches are everything. Choosing the right sweets for your shop allows you to supply your customers with the best dessert toppings available. 

It's also worth mentioning that keen bakers should always have a large selection of sweets to hand, and Appleton's stocks a range of bulk sweet jars to help you save money. Have fun baking!