Ready for the best chocolate dessert you have ever tasted? A dessert that will make any chocolate-lover swoon with happiness? Prepare yourself, because this is it. Based on a recipe I cut out years ago from The Oregonian newspaper, I have tweaked the recipe to make it more budget-friendly. If you need a blockbuster dessert contest entry, this tantalizing creation will not let you down. It’s also a guaranteed winner at any potluck or fundraiser. Dear readers of the Fluxing Well blog, I present to you Death by Chocolate Trifle.
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1 20-ounce package brownie mix, prepared according to package directions
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/4 cup black coffee
2 4-serving packages instant chocolate pudding
8 1.4-ounce chocolate-covered toffee candy bars (like Heath), coarsely crushed
1 12-ounce container frozen whipped topping, thawed (If you can’t find the 12-ounce size, you can use 1 and 1/2 containers of the 8-ounce size.)
Preheat oven and bake brownie batter in a 9-by-13-inch baking pan according to package directions. While brownies are baking, make the pudding according to package directions and refrigerate to set.
When the brownies are done, keep them in the pan and allow the pan to cool completely.
Mix the granulated sugar with the black coffee until sugar dissolves. Use a fork to prick holes in the top of the cooled brownies. Drizzle with coffee mixture.
Break up brownies into small pieces; place half in bottom of large glass trifle dish or serving bowl. Cover with half of the pudding, then one-third of the crushed candy and half of the whipped topping. Tip: To crush the candy, keep the bars in their wrappers, place on a cutting board and pound with a rolling pin. This is a great way to burn off extra energy or to take out frustrations. After crushing, when you open each candy wrapper, you can easily sprinkle the little candy pieces wherever they need to go.
Repeat layers. Top with remaining crushed candy. Cover and chill for at least two hours before serving. Serves 24.
Serving Tips for the Best Chocolate Dessert
If you bring this to a potluck, be careful not to bring a huge serving spoon. People tend to dig down deeply into this dish and give themselves quite generous helpings. Even though the recipe states that it serves 24, it would be 24 small portions. Most people can’t resist the lure of this dessert, so if you really do need to serve 24 people, you should probably make two of these.
This dessert looks best in a glass trifle dish or bowl. The one I use was a wedding gift, and I have no idea which store it came from. Here’s a similar one you might like, if you are looking for a trifle dish. I like the fact that it comes with a plastic lid.
What’s your favorite chocolate dessert?
In my family, Death by Chocolate Trifle is the go-to special dessert for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, and other special occasions. Do you have some extra-special desserts your family requests? I always enjoy ideas from readers, especially mouth-watering dessert ideas. If you would care to share comments about your favorite desserts, I’d love to read them.
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