This easy chocolate trifle recipe is made with fudge brownies and heath bar toffee bits and is a one-of-a-kind trifle dessert! The easy recipe uses instant chocolate pudding, cool whip, and toffee bits. We love this layered cold dessert on spring and summer days. Put in an ice chest and take to cookouts, baseball games, and to the beach house.
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Why We Love This Trifle
My most requested dessert is this brownie trifle with toffee bits and it all started at a fantasy football draft party. There's something so eye pleasing about a chocolate layered dessert. Ever since that very first time I brought this trifle to a fantasy football draft, it became a tradition. Also referred to as death by chocolate trifle, everyone wanted and expected me to bring this decadent chocolate dessert to the draft party every single year! There was never a drop left over!
About The Brownies
It's really an easy dessert to put together. You can make and bake your own brownies. This recipe uses the family size brownie mix in a box. Add chocolate chips and bake per package directions. However, it's perfectly fine to buy the pre-made brownie bites available at your local grocery store. The hardest part is not wanting to "sample" the brownies while assembling the trifle, which we do every single time. It's so hard to resist brownies when they're right in front of you. So go ahead and have a taste because it won't matter and you'll be glad you did. HaHa!
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Family-size brownie mix (check brownie mix package for any additional ingredients you may need such as oil & eggs)
Bag of milk chocolate chips
Bag of toffee bits and pieces
Instant chocolate pudding mix
Additional optional toppings such as crushed candy bars or cookies such as oreos
How to Make It
Pour the brownie mix into a large mixing bowl, add the chocolate chips to the brownie mix. Follow the directions and add any additional ingredients called for on the box. Best to use a 9x13 pan and bake for about 25 minutes. Cool and then cut into 1-inch squares. Place into bottom of trifle bowl.
In a large bowl, blend the pudding mix and the milk for about 2 minutes. A wire whisk works well for this step. Then fold in about 3 cups of cool whip.
Begin to layer about ½ the brownies in the bottom of a large trifle bowl, half of the pudding mixture, about ½ cup toffee bits and pieces, and a layer of cool whip. Repeat with another layer. Top with remaining toffee bits and pieces.
Add additional candy toppings, if desired. Cover and store in the refrigerator at least overnight.
Tips and Short Cuts
Trifle bowls are usually easy to find in most stores that sell kitchen goods. I like this trifle bowl from Anchor Hocking; but any large glass bowl will do just fine.
You can buy heath bar toffee bits and pieces in a bag. When I first made this trifle, many years ago, I actually bought the health bar candy bars and put them in a plastic bag and pounded them with a hammer to get the bits and pieces. Now, you can buy them pre-chopped. Actually, you can use your favorite candy such as m&ms, peanut butter cups, etc. You can't go wrong with your favorite candy.
This recipe uses instant chocolate pudding mix and whole milk. Use a whisk to mix for about 2 minutes and then fold in the cool whip. Folding in the cool whip is a much gentler mixing technique than whisking or beating. Also, it helps to keep the cool whip nice and fluffy. Use a spatula or spoon to fold in the cool whip.
Decorate the Trifle
If it's a holiday like Halloween, you can use candy corn as a topping. If it's Christmas, you can use the red and green m&ms. For Valentines Day, use the candy hearts. I'm not a creative person, but THIS I can handle!
Once you have all the layers complete, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least a couple of hours. Overnight seems to work a little better, but it's not mandatory. This is truly the best dessert because it's chocolately, pretty, delicious, crowd pleasing, versatile, and most of all EASY!
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Chocolate Trifle with Brownies and Toffee
- Large mixing bowls
- measuring cup(s)
- Trifle dish
- 1 Box of family size brownie mix check the box for any additional ingredients you may need to make the brownies.
- 1 12 oz bag of milk chocolate chips
- 2 Boxes of chocolate instant pudding mix 5.9 oz each
- 5 cups Milk
- 2 Large containers of Cool Whip
LAYERS AND TOPPINGS
- 1 8 oz bag of toffee bits and pieces
- ½-1 cup m&m candies, crushed oreos, or your favorite candy Optional
- Pour the brownie mix into a large mixing bowl, add the chocolate chips to the brownie mix. Follow the directions and add any additional ingredients called for on the box. Best to use a 9x13 pan and bake for about 25 minutes. Cool and then cut into 1-inch squares.
- In a large bowl, blend the pudding mix and the milk for about 2 minutes. A wire whisk works well for this step. Then fold in about 3 cups of cool whip.
- Begin to layer about ½ the brownies in the bottom of a large trifle bowl, half of the pudding mixture, about ½ cup toffee bits and pieces, and a layer of cool whip. Repeat with another layer. Top with remaining toffee bits and pieces.
- Add additional candy toppings, if desired. Cover and store in the refrigerator at least overnight.