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Chocolate Trifle Recipe

Chocolate Trifle Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:8-10 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


  • 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: 8-10 servings.

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Reviewed Dec. 26, 2015

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

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!"

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!"

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."

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!"

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

Reviewed Jul. 25, 2012

"I used raspberry hot chocolate and mixed it in the pudding instead of coffee."

Reviewed Jul. 15, 2012

"I made this again yesterday for a neighborhood event, and it was a huge success. I made it all sugar-free (Pillsbury SF cake mix), SF pudding, SF Cool Whip, and SF Russell Stover toffee squares. It brought rave reviews!"

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

"I made this and it was gone in two days"

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2011

"Wow! What a find! It can actually be made using all sugar-free ingredients, inclluding the new Pillsbury sugar-free cake mix, and substituting chopped nuts for the Heath Bar."

Reviewed Sep. 25, 2011

"This has a nice, light chocolate flavor. If you have a smaller trifle dish than what is specified, plan on using only about 1/3 of the cake crumbled in each layer and reserve the other 1/3 of the cake for eating some other way. I used the same amount of every other ingredient in the recipe for my smaller trifle dish, just reduced the cake layers. If you're not a big coffee fan, you can substitute hot chocolate, mocha, etc. Any candy that crumbles will work well in place of the heath bars...I'm thinking crushed peppermints next time and add some peppermint extract to the whipped cream..."

Reviewed Aug. 17, 2011

"This is my son's fiance's FAVORITE dessert & the one she asks for on her birthday EVERY YEAR! I have also taken this to several potlucks & everyone wants the recipe, & the dish comes back home almost licked clean! If the cake doesn't come out perfect, no big deal, since it gets broken up anyway. A fun recipe for little ones to help assemble also."

Reviewed Jul. 6, 2011

"This is my favorite company desert. Everyone loves it. I have even made it in individual clear plastic cups for a crowd. I highly recommend trying this wonderful desert!"

Reviewed Nov. 7, 2010

"A chocolate lover's dream! This is delicious! I've made it to take to family get-togethers and it gets rave reviews every time. I've used Butterfinger candybars instead of Heath candybars and it's just as yummy!"

Reviewed Sep. 4, 2010

"My teen sons are still asking for this dessert for their birthdays. My soon to be 13 yr old says its the best chocolate dessert ever. It definately ranks in the top five for me."

Reviewed Jun. 27, 2010

"Whuy is there coffee in so many chocolate recipes? I don't use coffee and am unsure what to substitute for coffee."

Reviewed May. 9, 2010

"Loved it! I actually used sugar free cool whip, sugar free pudding with skim, and red velvet was DELICIOUS! I served it at a dinner party and everyone loved it.

This was very quick and easy to prepare, and I only refrigerated it for about 30 minutes and it was fine."

Reviewed Apr. 29, 2010

"I serve this all the time!!!!!! Hit at every party. I omit the coffee and have used snickers, milk chocolate chips or hersheys cut into pieces and even drizzled it with carmel or chocolate syrup!!!! It is awesome."

Reviewed Mar. 31, 2010

"I have made this for my husband to take in to work and I got several e-mails from his co-workers asking for the recipe. It's a hit every time!"

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2010

"I made this at least twice, then couldn't find the receipe but it is definitely a 5 star! Quickly and not messy."

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"This was awesome! I made this for a church potluck and received MANY compliments. I used Starbuck's coffee, cut the cake into cubes for the bottom layers, and just used cake crumbs for the topping. Yummy!"

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"We have made this for my daughter's birthday and her graduation. We are making it again for her birthday this year. It is always a hit and the first dessert gone."

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2009

"I made this trifle for thanksgiving, it was amazing! Instead of the heath bars I used toffee symphony bars because they are my favorite, but I'm sure this would be good with just about any candy bar! I also beat cream cheese and a little powdered sugar into my pudding because I like it a little more rich :) I can't wait to make this again!"

Reviewed May. 21, 2009

"Thanks for posting about using browines instead. I'm going to make this!!!!"

Reviewed May. 12, 2009

"I make this using brownies instead of the cake. Cut them into 1 inch cubes. "

Reviewed Oct. 22, 2008 Edited Apr. 29, 2010

"Awesome dessert. I omit the coffee and replace the heath bars with Snickers. I am asked to make this dessert for parties and it is always a hit."

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