Death by Chocolate Trifle
Death by Chocolate Trifle is a layered pudding and brownie dessert that looks impressive and tastes amazing, but is super easy to make! It’s starts with crumbled brownies that are topped with layers of chocolate pudding, Cool Whip and toffee bits. This chocolate layered dessert is perfect for all of the chocolate lovers in your life. It’s a fabulous treat to bring to parties and holiday gatherings, and people always ask me for the recipe.
This death by chocolate recipe is one of those desserts that you just can’t stop thinking about until you get to enjoy it again! It’s the perfect amount of chocolate, creaminess, and richness to keep you coming back for more.
I’ve been making this easy layered dessert for years! It’s a popular choice for birthdays, holidays and other special occasions. A simple, yet show-stopping dessert can take an ordinary gathering and make it something extraordinary. And this death by chocolate layered trifle is that good! This irresistible treat is a major crowd pleaser that both the adults and kids will devour.
Why you should make this recipe
- Easy to make. This death by chocolate dessert has 4 repeating layers – crumbled brownie, creamy chocolate pudding, whipped topping and toffee bits. Once you have the brownies and pudding made, you’ll just simply layer them with the Cool Whip and toffee bits.
- So delicious. This is a chocolate lovers dream! There’s not much better than the combination of chewy brownies with rich chocolate pudding, fluffy whipped cream and candy. Yum!
- Make ahead. Because this needs at least 2 hours to chill in the fridge, it’s great for making in advance. You can actually make it the day before you plan to serve it.
- Versatile. You can make this in a large glass bowl or in small glasses for perfectly portioned individual servings. We enjoyed mini trifles at a recent family gathering, and they were a hit. To quote my son, “This tastes like heaven in my mouth!” Ha! I hope you feel the same way!
One of the best parts about this death by chocolate recipe is that it’s made with just 4 main ingredients. They are all inexpensive and readily available at your local grocery store. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Brownie mix. You’ll need an 16 ounce box of brownie mix. My go-to brand for this recipe is Betty Crocker Delights Supreme Original. Feel free to use any favorite brand. You could even use a family-size boxed brownie mix – you’ll just have more crumbled brownie in your dessert.
- Instant chocolate pudding mix. Be sure to use INSTANT pudding mix for best results.
- Cool Whip. I like using Cool Whip for this type of dessert. Homemade whipped cream would probably work, but it is not as stable and more likely to melt.
- Toffee bits. Feel free to use regular toffee bits, but I really love the Heath milk chocolate English toffee bits. You could also use crumbled Heath bars.
Find the complete recipe with measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.
How to make this recipe
The ingredients and assembly instructions for this death by chocolate recipe are really simple. Here’s the basic process to follow:
- Bake brownies. Prepare brownies according to package directions. Let cool.
- Make pudding. Mix pudding according to package directions.
- Layer ingredients. In a glass trifle bowl, small punch bowl, or small glasses, layer in the following order: 1/2 of the brownie, crumbled; 1/2 of the pudding; toffee bits (use as much as you’d like); 1/2 of the whipped topping. Repeat layers in the same order. Save some toffee bits to sprinkle on top before serving.
- Chill dessert. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve, at least 2 hours. Best if made the day before you serve it, so everything can blend together and it has time to get nice and cold.
The hardest part about making death by chocolate dessert is waiting for it to chill for a couple of hours before digging in! But here are some tips, so yours is perfect every time you make it:
- Make sure you buy INSTANT pudding, that way it will thicken up without having to heat it.
- For best results, allow the dessert to chill for at least 2 hours, overnight is best!
- Feel free to change things up! Instead of using milk chocolate toffee bits, try using crumbled Reese’s peanut butter cups, M&Ms, chocolate chips or shavings, or any other favorite candy that you like. You could even experiment with using crumbled cookies!
- Homemade whipped cream. If you really are not a fan of Cool Whip, you can sub with homemade whipped cream. I would not recommend using whipped cream from a can because it will melt.
- To make homemade whipped cream, use an electric mixer to whip 1 cup of heavy whipping cream with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar or granulated sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Continue to whip on medium-high speed for about 3-4 minutes and until medium peaks form. Then, layer with the other ingredients as you would the Cool Whip.
Frequently asked questions
Trifles are a great dessert for entertaining. They look so fancy, and no one will guess just how easy they can be to whip up! You can either make this layered brownie recipe in a large trifle dish (or punch bowl) or try making individual mini trifles. You can serve them in small glasses or even shot glasses. Everyone loves having their own individual dessert to enjoy.
Death by Chocolate is a term used to describe variations of different cakes and desserts that feature chocolate, especially dark chocolate or cocoa powder, as the primary ingredient. Since this recipe contains chocolate brownie and chocolate pudding, it’s a fitting title!
One of the best parts about this easy chocolate dessert recipe is that you can make it a day ahead of time. That makes it perfect for serving during the holidays – it’s one less thing you have to worry about the day of the event!
Storing leftovers. Cover and store any leftover dessert in the fridge for up to about 2-3 days.
You will not be disappointed by this death by chocolate dessert – it serves a lot of people, which makes it perfect for the holidays or any gathering. I also love that it can be made ahead of time, so on the day of your party all you need to do is dig in and enjoy!
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Death by Chocolate Trifle
- 1 package brownie mix , I like Betty Crocker Original Supreme
- 2 (3.9 ounce) packages instant chocolate pudding mix
- 1 (16 ounce) container Cool Whip, thawed
- 1 (8 ounce) bag Heath milk chocolate English toffee bits
- trifle bowl or small punch bowl
- Prepare brownies according to package directions. Let cool.
- Mix pudding according to package directions, using whole milk for thicker pudding.
- In a glass trifle bowl or small punch bowl, layer in the following order: 1/2 of the brownie, crumbled; 1/2 of the pudding; toffee bits (use as much as you'd like); 1/2 of the whipped topping. Repeat layers in the same order. Save some toffee bits to sprinkle on top before serving.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you're ready to serve, at least 2 hours. Best if made the day before you serve it, so everything can blend together and it has time to get nice and cold.