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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Take II (New and Improved): Chocolate Trifle AKA Death By Chocolate

A few years ago, my best friend had a wedding shower.  I made this for the first time.  It came out great, but since then, I've improved the recipe and made it a bunch of times for different events - parties, work events, etc.  Each time, everyone asks for the recipe, which is awesome!
So here it is, in all its glory.  Enjoy - and I highly recommend it for the holidays.  Perfect for those sugar-rushes you need before the New Years' ball drops.
Chocolate Trifle AKA Death By Chocolate
-          Large Trifle Bowl (mine is 14 inches by 14 inches)
-          2 batches brownies, baked, cooled, and cut into 1 inch cubes (I use Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownies with chocolate chips in the mix; I’ve also used the Ghirardelli brownies with fudge added to the batter)
-          ½ cup caramel (I use Smuckers caramel, found in the ice cream toppings section of the store)
-          Two 3.9-oz boxes of instant chocolate pudding mix (NOT cook-and-serve, must be instant) (I use Jello brand chocolate or chocolate fudge)
-          1 cup cold water
-          3 cups heavy cream
-          1 teaspoon sugar
-          1 package Oreos
-          24 oz regular Cool Whip, thawed in fridge for a few hours
-          Fruit, nuts, or whatever additional garnish you like
With an electric mixer, blend chocolate pudding mix and sugar with water til thoroughly mixed; then slowly add cream.  Whip and blend until frothy, like chocolate mousse.  Should take several minutes. 
In a food processor, or manually (crush in a Ziploc bag), crush Oreos.  Leave one aside for garnish, and set aside some crushed Oreos for garnish as well if desired. 
In the trifle bowl, layer 1/3 of each:
1 – Brownies
2 – Drizzle of Caramel
3 – Chocolate whipped cream/mousse made above
4 – Crushed Oreos
5 – Cool Whip
Repeat 2 times.  You may have leftover brownies :) I normally use a batch and a half, saving the extra for family (or myself).
 Garnish top with crushed Oreos and a whole Oreo in the center.  Feel free to add fruit, nuts, etc if desired.  Chill in fridge for 4 hours or overnight.  Enjoy!