Thelma's Chocolate Eclair Recipe
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Thelma's Chocolate Eclair Recipe

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I love eclairs but making the actual pastry is difficult so I came up with this recipe as a substitute. It still satisfies my cravings with the same wonderful flavors.—Thelma Beam, Esbon, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 18 whole graham crackers
  • 3-1/2 cups cold milk
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 238 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 229mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein


  1. Line a 13-in. x 9-in. dish with nine whole graham crackers; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set; fold in whipped topping. Spread over graham crackers. Top with remaining crackers.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate and butter. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Spread over graham cracker layer. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Thelma's Chocolate Eclair in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p93

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Reviewed Dec. 29, 2015

"I made this for our family's Christmas celebration this year. It is very easy and quick to put together. It does require 8 hours to overnight of refrigeration, so plan accordingly. I lightly sprinkled the top with Wilton's Peppermint Crunch Sprinkles to give it a Christmas look, which flavored it nicely. I also added an additional layer of graham crackers to the center. It's a yummy recipe, one to keep handy to enjoy anytime of the year!!!!"

Reviewed Apr. 21, 2014

"So good and really easy. I was asked for the recipe."

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

"This recipe was so good. We had to force ourselves to stop eating it. Light, refreshing, tasted like an éclair but with more yummy cream. My 18 yr old son wants this for his birthday cake. Thanks for an easy, quick delicious recipe."

Reviewed Mar. 26, 2014

"Thanks for sharing---this was always a staple at family get togethers, when we were growing up. Over 30 years+ and it is still good! It used to be known as Mock Eclair."

Reviewed May. 11, 2013

"This recipe has been a favorite for years. I have made it often for bbq's and it is always a crowd pleaser."

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