Wednesday, June 29, 2011

THE Chocolate Trifle

So, sometimes taking small steps in doing everything is to make a dish that looks like it took hours to make when in reality it took very little effort on your part.  Enter THE Chocolate Trifle below:

I should so be getting paid for product placement!  LOL

Every time I make this deliciously decadent dessert, it is nothing short of a crowd pleaser.  I guess it may have something to do with the Kahlua!  :)  BTW, this dessert came from a Southern Living recipe about 18 years ago.

  • 1 package of chocolate brownie mix (the more chocolate flavor, the better)
  • 1 big tub of Cool Whip
  • 2 packages of instant chcolate pudding mix
  • 1 bag of crushed Heath bars (in the baking section)  
  • 1/2 cup of coffee-flavored liqueur (I have used both Tia Maria and Kahlua)

Make the brownies according to package directions.  While they are baking, you can go ahead and make the pudding according to package directions and thaw out the Cool Whip.  The pudding can chill in the refrigerator.  As soon as the brownies come out of the oven (DO NOT OVERCOOK), poke several holes in the brownies with a fork or toothpick and drizzle (I love that word) liqueur into the holes.  Let cool completely and mush (this is kinda yucky).  Now you're ready for layering the trifle:  brownies, pudding, Cool Whip, and toffee pieces.  The trifle should be big enough for you to compete two full rounds of the layering. Enjoy!

1.  I have a heavy hand with the liqueur.  Believe me when I say that the 1/2 cup is just a suggestion. :) 
2.  I use store brand versions of the Cool Whip and pudding.
3.  This is a very forgiving recipe.
4.  I also have made smaller versions that fit into a small dish if the trifle was too big for the occasion.


  1. love trifle this one is fun can see why it would be popular

  2. Thank you so much for commenting! It really is popular although it isn't very healthy. :) I do use low fat milk for the pudding and low fat Cool Whip to help a little bit with the fat grams and caloric intake.

  3. I've had something like this before but the addition of Kahlua.. WOW.. Brilliant!

    I love making random desserts out of candy bars and such. Sometimes I go through the extra work of crushing the ingredients to get the exact texture that I want.. But it's good to cheat, especially when time is not on your side!

    Now you've reminded me that I have a batch of granola bars I've been meaning to make using a recipe I found in one of those impulse aisle recipe booklets... I'll do it first thing tomorrow after working out. Nothing beats waking up to the smell of baked goods and/or breakfast foods, if you ask me! =o)

  4. The Kahlua *really* makes this dessert ROCK! Yeah, I used to get a hammer and crush Heath bars years and years ago before they started coming in baking bags already for recipes. That was always great stress relief if I were mad about something! LOL Hope your granola bars turned into something grand!

  5. I imagine so! I'm a big fan of the chocolatey and coffeeish "liquers", really.. I guess I'm not a typical male because, although I enjoy a nice, ice-cold beer, I really like sweet drinks.. I blame my sweet tooth!

    The granola bars came out great. I think I'll tweet a photo of what's remaining. I use them as a pre work-out energy supplement so I'm not exercising on a full stomach.

    I used a recipe from a little book called "Reverse Diabetes". While I don't have diabetes, the book has some great tips on living a more healthy lifestyle amidst a busy work life. They offer many alternatives to common ingredients and junky foods. For such a small book, it's chock-full of good stuffs!

    My tip: recipes are mere guidelines. I followed the recipe exactly and they came out okay. Next time, I'll use a pre-made nutty granola mix and more fruit. I think it'll get the texture just right.

    This batch came out more like peanut butter bars than granola bars.. but they're still very tasty and, surprisingly, they hold me over until lunch time, even when I get up early (not a real morning person) to get a jump on the day's work! =oD