I picked up the Ball jars at my local grocery store for $8.99 for 12. I used the 4 oz. size, which was perfect for the dessert buffet, where people helped themselves to a few things each. If you were serving these as the sole dessert, you might want to consider the 8 oz. size.
All you shortcut lovers will love the fact that this is a quick & easy recipe. I was tempted to make true banana pudding from scratch, but due to the amount of desserts I was making myself, I was delighted to find this recipe that claimed it tasted homemade while requiring very little time! They were fun to both look at AND eat, and I'm already planning all the other fun desserts I can make in the Ball jars... individual apple crumb pies? Peach cobblers? The possibilities are endless! Enjoy :)
2 - 3 oz. packages instant French Vanilla pudding
1 can sweetened condensed milk
4 cups milk
8 oz. Cool Whip
4-6 bananas, sliced
1 package vanilla wafers (the recipe I found used the mini Nilla wafers, but I went ahead and used the regular ones!)
Mix the vanilla pudding with milk and mix per package directions. Stir in the sweetened condensed milk and fold in the cool whip. In the Ball jars, layer wafers, bananas and pudding mixture until you reach the top of your container.
3 egg whites
5 Tbsp granulated sugar
In a bowl, beat the 3 egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually sprinkle in the sugar until stiff peaks have formed. Spread this on top of the banana pudding and brown in a 425 degree oven for about 7-10 minutes. Watch them carefully to achieve your desired level of toastiness!
Let the puddings cool, then return to refrigerator to keep chilled until you're ready to serve.