"At the Beach" Dessert

21  Ratings
  • 30 min prep
  • 3 hr 30 min total
  • Makes 20 servings, about 1/2 cup each.

Shimmering blue gelatin is layered with cream cheese and whipped topping in a vanilla wafer crust then decorated to resemble a sandy beach.

"At the Beach" Dessert Recipe


  • 2-1/4 cups finely crushed NILLA Wafers, divided
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tub (12 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 pkg. (8-serving size) or 2 pkg. (4-serving size each) berry-blue flavored gelatin
  •  ice cubes
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup blue colored sprinkles
  • 6 sticks colored chewing gum
  • 6 pieces chewy fruit snack roll (2 inch)
  • 6 miniature paper umbrellas
  • 2 jawbreakers


  • Combine  2 cups of the wafer crumbs and the butter in 13x9-inch baking dish. Press firmly onto bottom of dish for crust; cover. Set aside. Mix cream cheese and sugar in medium bowl until well blended. Stir in half of the whipped topping. Spread evenly over crust.
  • Stir  boiling water into gelatin in medium bowl at least 2 min. until completely dissolved. Add enough ice cubes to cold water to measure 2 cups. Stir into gelatin. Refrigerate 5 min. or until gelatin is slightly thickened. Spoon over cream cheese layer.
  • Refrigerate  3 hours or until firm. Just before serving, spread remaining whipped topping over gelatin. Sprinkle with wafer crumbs and sprinkles to resemble sand and water. Bend gum into "s" shapes to resemble beach chairs; place on "sand." Place fruit roll pieces near chairs to resemble towels. Insert umbrellas into dessert behind the chairs. Place jawbreakers on the sand for the beach balls. Cut dessert into 20 squares to serve. Store leftover dessert in refrigerator.

Recipe Tips

Size-WiseAt 20 servings, this fun recipe is great for a party or classroom celebration!

Variation To kick the flavor up a notch, prepare with JELL-O X-Treme Wild Berry Flavor Gelatin.

How to Soften Cream CheesePlace completely unwrapped pkg. of cream cheese in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 15 sec. or until slightly softened.


Nutrition Information

Makes 20 servings, about 1/2 cup each.

Nutrition per serving:

    • Calories 260 
    • Total fat 14 g
    • Saturated fat 9 g
    • Cholesterol 30 mg
    • Sodium 170 mg
    • Carbohydrate 30 g
    • Dietary fiber 0 g
    • Total sugars 23 g
    •     Includes added sugars n/a
    • Protein 2 g
    • Vitamin A 6 %DV
    • Vitamin C 0 %DV
    • Vitamin D n/a
    • Calcium 0 %DV
    • Iron 4 %DV
    • Potassium n/a
    • n/a indicates that data is not available

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