Sweetheart Trifle Recipe
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Sweetheart Trifle Recipe

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"If you're a peanut butter and chocolate lover, this fantastic trifle is for you," assures Lorie Cooper of Chatham, Ontario. "It's a hit every time I serve it. I always have requests for the recipe."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (10 ounces) peanut butter chips
  • 4-1/4 cups cold milk, divided
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 packages (5.9 ounces each) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 4 Nestlé Crunch candy bars (1.55 ounces each), crumbled


  1. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour the batter into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  2. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a heavy saucepan, combine chips, 1/4 cup milk and cream. Cook and stir over low heat until chips are melted. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Cool to room temperature. In a large bowl, whisk remaining milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes (mixture will be thick).
  4. To assemble, crumble half of the cake into a 4-qt. trifle bowl or large bowl. Layer half of the peanut butter sauce, pudding, whipped topping and candy bars; repeat layers. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Sweetheart Trifle in Quick Cooking January/February 2002, p37

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xxcskier User ID: 1136353 228916
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2015

"This is one of my favorite trifle recipes, the only think I do different is to double the peanut butter sauce!! easy and delicious."

hearts1 User ID: 1499557 226024
Reviewed May. 7, 2015

"We LOVE this. Have made it for several years, and for many family events. We use Heath bars instead of the crunch bars - love the way the toffee adds to it. Our son wants it for his graduation party this June, and we're going to use Reese's Pieces instead of the candy bars - more colorful, more fun. Thanks for the tip about packing it in...we usually make it in a very large punch bowl, so it's not been an issue before."

beaj1415 User ID: 7136320 119245
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2013

"My family requests this dessert for every family gathering=)...WONDERFUL"

gwilliams73 User ID: 6195539 130522
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

"This was awesome! Everyone loved it!! I used chopped up Reese's PB cups instead of the heath bars."

Mastria User ID: 5645536 34525
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"I kept the recipe the same with the exception of using two peanut butter chip bags plus 1 cup of cream and two whipped toppings containers. Helped the cause of needing more peanut butter with each delicious bite. It is a crowd favorite and request at all football functions!"

HeatherHH User ID: 1550099 41678
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

"First of all, I did not taste very much peanut butter in this. It's a shame, because that would have taken this from good to excellent for me.

Also the directions should tell you to pack down the cake. If you just crumble it into a 4-qt trifle bowl, it will not all fit."

greenelib User ID: 1316378 75522
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2011

"I frequently take this to church potlucks. It fits into a large Tupperware bowl just fine. If I want to use my trifle bowl, I half the recipe."

mrs_h User ID: 3544768 83337
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2011

"I really liked the peanut butter sauce, but I think I would try making it with vanilla pudding and brownie mix instead of cake mix next time. Just my personal preferences..."

PpprmintPattie User ID: 5945483 130520
Reviewed May. 18, 2011

"Super Rich... definitely a chocolate/Peanut butter Lover's Dream! As mentioned by a previous reviewer, you must pack the cake down or it will not all fit. Instead of the nestle bars, I chopped up Reeses Peanut Butter cups! Great recipe!"

s_pants User ID: 174050 103129
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2010

"I could only use half the cake, but my trifle dish may not have been 4 quarts. Still, it tasted very good and had an pretty presentation."

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