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Trifles are impressive, yet easy desserts that come together by layering a combination of cake, fruit, and a custard or pudding. There are many different variations of trifles like classic chocolate, banana pudding, and festive red-velvet. It's that intersection of easy and impressive that make this dish a mainstay on the Southern holiday spread. 

My sister was recently tasked with bringing a brownie trifle to a family gathering. Unfortunately, her collection of serveware was sadly trifle bowl-less, which meant she had to show up with a trifle in a regular glass bowl. Shortly after that fateful day, my mom gifted her a trifle bowl of her very own so she would never again be in a similar predicament. 

For those untrained in the art of trifle-making, the bowl and recipe go hand in hand. Trifles are generally served in a clear bowl so the layers and colors can be seen from the outside. What results is a beautiful presentation that family and friends can't wait to dig into.

What was the winning trifle bowl my Southern mom selected? After a quick search on Amazon, she decided to purchase the best-selling Anchor Hocking Monaco Trifle Bowl that clocks in around $17. It’s sturdy base gives it an elevated presentation and makes it easy to carry and transport. It’s also dishwasher safe, so cleanup will be a breeze.

If you don’t already have a trifle bowl in your kitchen, you should probably go ahead and this one ASAP. You don't want to be caught unprepared during the upcoming holiday entertaining season after all. In addition to holidays, trifles are also great additions to showers and dinner parties throughout the year. When it’s not filled with a delicious trifle dessert, the bowl makes a beautiful place to store fruit like lemons or bananas on the kitchen counter.