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Thelma's Chocolate Eclair Recipe

Thelma's Chocolate Eclair Recipe

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 YIELD:15 servings


  • 14 to 15 whole graham crackers
  • 3-1/2 cups 2% 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 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1. Line a 13x9-in. dish with half of the graham crackers, breaking crackers to fit as needed.
  • 2. Whisk milk and pudding mixes 2 minutes; let stand until soft-set, about 2 minutes. Fold in whipped topping; spread evenly over crackers. Top with remaining crackers.
  • 3. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate and butter until melted; stir until blended. Stir in remaining ingredients. Spread over top. Refrigerate, covered, 8 hours or overnight. Yield: 15 servings.

Recipe Note

Test Kitchen Tips

  • Fold 1/2 cup canned pumpkin and 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice into the filling for a no-fuss fall take on this classic.
  • Want a refreshing version of this super easy dessert? Substitute softened vanilla frozen custard for the pudding mixture. Be sure to store the finished product in the freezer.
  • Nutritional Facts

    1 piece: 270 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 218mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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    deb User ID: 6597408 269444
    Reviewed Jul. 14, 2017

    "easy and yummy..This will be my go to dessert from now on....."

    gramcayo User ID: 5095727 268809
    Reviewed Jul. 1, 2017

    "I was disappointed. Perhaps if it hadn't been called an eclair. An eclair has that wonderful pastry (pate choix). I do like the idea of using frozen custard instead of the pkg pudding."

    Cklee1403 User ID: 7760621 268759
    Reviewed Jul. 1, 2017

    "Laughingloudly where it says mix in remaining ingredients.Those are the remaining ingredients"

    karinw64 User ID: 8116784 268745
    Reviewed Jun. 30, 2017

    "I doubt you came up with this recipe since it's been around forever. Make a home made custard instead of using boxes, it will be much better."

    KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 255316
    Reviewed Oct. 12, 2016

    "Great dessert! easy, but impressive results. I added a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the filling, which was the only change. I made it for a church meeting and everyone wanted the recipe!"

    yellowbrickroad User ID: 3105964 252910
    Reviewed Aug. 19, 2016

    "Ladies and Gentlemen, we've got A WINNER!

    I tried this last night. I made it exactly like the recipe (French Vanilla Pudding) and only got it into the fridge at 12:30 p.m.. Then took it at 6:00 to a Home Depot DoItHerself workshop. I can't tell you how pleased I was with this recipe! I had in excess of 30 people come up to me and rave about it, wanting the recipe and saying that it was delicious, fabulous, wonderful, the best thing I ever put in my mouth, fantastic, exquisite, incredibly good, etc. Even the man giving part of the demo wanted it …right now! and he whipped out his phone and I talked him through and he found and saved the recipe for this Absolute Delight! He said he was making this today, Friday, while his kids are in school. Thank you for so kindly sharing this great recipe, Thelma.
    I am making it again Sunday - will chill overnight this time - and take it to a potluck dinner Monday night and knock their socks off, too! I find the greatest recipes on this site!!!! You guys ROCK!"

    itsknotsew User ID: 7518713 252324
    Reviewed Aug. 7, 2016

    "I made this the other day for a ladies get-together. While it was easy enough, there was nothing that said WOW to my tastebuds. I would just rate this average. Made exactly according to recipe."

    tlc5150 User ID: 8907934 252318
    Reviewed Aug. 7, 2016

    "some ppl really should not b in a kitchen or even cooking"

    sewknitread User ID: 1868070 251834
    Reviewed Jul. 25, 2016

    "To laughingloudly...The third instruction says "Melt the butter and chocolate in the microwave and stir in the remaining ingredients." The things you mentioned are the 'remaining ingredients.' Good luck!"

    laughingloudly User ID: 5560477 251826
    Reviewed Jul. 25, 2016

    "What do you do with these ingredients? Am I missing something in the instructions?

    1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
    3 tablespoons milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon light corn syrup"

    Reenie642002 User ID: 5715999 251822
    Reviewed Jul. 25, 2016

    "This was very good and so easy to make. Held up good in the heat outside although was kept in cooler until serving time. Will make again."

    Phyllis13 User ID: 5752188 251799
    Reviewed Jul. 24, 2016

    "Started to make this, discovered I was short one box of vanilla pudding, so used what I had, 1 vanilla,1 chocolate. My husband loved it! Can't wait to make it again for the rest of the family, especially the grandkids. Truly a simple, tasty treat."

    llf321 User ID: 8717176 250163
    Reviewed Jul. 6, 2016

    "We like this a lot. Usually use French vanilla and do layers; crackers, pudding, crackers, pudding, crackers and topping. We take a tub of choc icing and microwave it for about 30 sec. Stir well and pour over top of the crackers. It sets up after being refrigerated overnight. It is one of my family's favorites."

    snker0521 User ID: 1340981 249958
    Reviewed Jun. 30, 2016

    "I have been making this for years. I usually use French vanilla pudding mix rather than just vanilla. It gives it a richer flavor. Now my granddaughter is making it."

    [email protected] User ID: 1538191 249940
    Reviewed Jun. 30, 2016

    "This recipe has been around for a VERY long time.....still good today!"

    Mrs. Viglucci User ID: 5087404 240570
    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!!!!"

    rita43 User ID: 1917187 17619
    Reviewed Apr. 21, 2014

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

    pennijoey User ID: 1433844 18955
    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."

    HighMaintenance User ID: 2697215 21137
    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."

    kikuge9288 User ID: 6771281 45071
    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."

    Maggie J User ID: 2117121 46362
    Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

    "I prefer to add another layer of graham cracker. Friends and family love it! One of these days I'm going to get creative and change out the flavors. This is always good!"

    flyingtaps User ID: 1701945 74774
    Reviewed Dec. 23, 2010

    "This recipe is delicious & so easy!! My kids love it & I always seve it when they are home from college. Just be sure to let it refrigerate overnight or the crackers will not be soft."

    livinNutah User ID: 3704437 202156
    Reviewed May. 27, 2009

    "Loved this! easy to make summer recipe. Might try it w/ banana pudding and an extra layer of chocolate next time!"

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