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death by chocolate dessert served in a trifle bowl

Death by Chocolate Trifle

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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. Perfect for parties and holiday gatherings!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownie trifle, chocolate trifle, death by chocolate
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
chill time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 35 mins
Servings 16 servings
Calories 318
Author Kim


  • trifle bowl or small punch bowl


  • 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


  • Prepare brownies according to package directions. Let cool.
    brownie crumbles in a small white bowl
  • Mix pudding according to package directions, using whole milk for thicker pudding.
    chocolate pudding mixed in a white bowl
  • 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.
    toffee bits sprinkled on Cool Whip
  • 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.
    layered dessert served in a trifle bowl


Store leftovers, covered, in the fridge. Dessert will keep for up to about 2-3 days.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 337mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 213IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg