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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!


  1. If I have to die, a chocolate death is fine with me. This looks incredible.

  2. Oooooo chocolate and trifle! Two of my absolute fav things! I would love to try and make this over the weekend!
    Wow! My bf would be thoroughly impressed if it turned out anything like yours!
    I do love the name of your blog btw!

    New follower on GFC! Hope to keep in touch!

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    I like your posts and photos! Really amazing!
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    Diana Cloudlet

  4. That looks soooo delicious!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away

  5. Oh my gosh this looks so yummy!! THANK you for sharing! When I gain 5 pounds I know who to blame ;)
    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

  6. OMG THat looks amazing! I am soooo gonna have to do this someday (when i have enough willpower to not eat the whole thing myself haha)
    XO Ellen from Ask Away

  7. I love your blog! Have a nice weekend:)

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