Chocolate Trifle Recipe
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Chocolate Trifle Recipe

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For a fabulous finale when entertaining, this lovely layered chocolate trifle is a winner! It's a do-ahead dessert that serves a group, and it even tastes great the next day. —Pam Botine, Goldsboro, North Carolina
Featured In: Top 10 Trifle Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 package chocolate fudge cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (6 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 6 Heath candy bars (1.4 ounces each), crushed

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 396 calories, 12g fat (8g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 569mg sodium, 66g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Bake cake according to package directions. Cool. Prepare pudding according to package directions; set aside.
  2. Crumble cake; reserve 1/2 cup. Place half of the remaining cake crumbs in the bottom of a 4-1/2- or 5-qt. trifle dish or decorative glass bowl.
  3. Layer with half of the coffee, half of the pudding, half of the whipped topping and half of the crushed candy bars. Repeat the layers of cake, coffee, pudding and whipped topping.
  4. Combine remaining crushed candy bars with reserved cake crumbs; sprinkle over top. Refrigerate 4-5 hours before serving. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Trifle in Taste of Home April/May 1994, p63

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cooking-girl97 User ID: 8675788 240244
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2015

"is frozen whipped topping just frozen whipped cream if not can you use it"

MaryAliceH User ID: 7877378 227032
Reviewed May. 27, 2015

"Was asked to make a trifle for a funeral dinner at my church. I made it as per the recipe but did use the bagged Heath chips as well. I had a bit of each ingredient left and made a sampling for myself…and was not disappointed!! Wonderful fusion of flavors. Lovely presentation in a trifle bowl. Will definitely make this again!"

ritchieranch User ID: 6555718 215464
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"My mother in law asked me to bring a chocolate trifle to our family Christmas party. This was a big hit!! I didn't have a cake mix or a pudding mix, so I made both of those from scratch. I also used real whipping cream and Heath chips. I was worried that the coffee flavor would be too much, but it wasn't. Thanks for the recipe!"

jnjrok User ID: 1992251 214489
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2014

"Found this recipe years ago in the TOH magazine. Can't wait to make again! It's easy to make, delicious and always gets rave reviews. I too use the bagged Heath chips, much easier."

Remenec User ID: 6059530 6570
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2014

"We make this recipe for every family gathering. I omit the coffee, but I would like to try the recipe as written sometime. Since there is almond in the Heath bars and my niece is allergic to nuts, we recently revised the recipe. In place of the crushed Heath bars, I added crushed Oreo cookies. Both recipes are equally delicious!"

marciekaygreen User ID: 1044566 6952
Reviewed May. 29, 2014

"This recipe was in the first Taste of Home magazine I received many years ago. I still make it often. It is the most requested dessert at church dinners. I now use one bag of Heath bits instead of crushing the Heath bars."

chin-chilla User ID: 2872569 6864
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"First off I love trifles (know not everyone does) but this one is always a hit at family gatherings. I also like that you can make this the night ahead. Really rich and delicious!"

luv2sun3356 User ID: 6769381 7504
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2013

"Have made this recipe many times. Always a huge hit. I substitute brownies for the cake (cut into one inch squares). I also use chocolate chips as not everyone cares for the heath bars, and I omit the coffee. Also, side a little food coloring in the whipped cream for the holidays. I did pink for Easter. This is an extremely easy and delicious dessert. Enjoy!"

bountiful03 User ID: 6864855 9311
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2013

"Made this recipe for potluck and folks went back for seconds and thirds. And I just made a sugar free version for diabetic friends, using all sugar free ingredients. This is so simple and so yummy."

TeenCook23 User ID: 5599477 7503
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2012

"I used raspberry hot chocolate and mixed it in the pudding instead of coffee. I also used heavy whipping cream to make my own cool whip."

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