My family has also been making this for years! One tip: recently I made this with cream cheese and cherry pie filling to set properly. Still tastes good, but if you want it to set in a reasonable amount of time, you must use the regular version
This is absolutely the best cheesecake in the world. My family fights over it. We used to save it for special occasions but now we make it year round. It's a soft, no-bake version of cheesecake with vanilla wafer crumbs added to make it fluffy...not like regular cheesecake.
If you have a hard time finding Dream Whip, you can cut out the milk and use one small container Cool Whip instead and still get the same end result. I like to make this lighter by using light Cool Whip, reduced fat cream cheese and light cherry pie filling.