Grandma’s Chocolate Trifle

My grandmother’s recipe for a family favorite. Layers of chocolate cake, pudding, Cool Whip, and Heath Toffee Bits make this the most incredible holiday dessert ever! We gobble this up every time my grandma sets it on the table.

Grandma's Chocolate Trifle

I certainly hope you like chocolate. And creamy, dreamy pudding desserts. And Heath bars. And Grandma’s family famous recipes.

Because there is a whole lotta that happening here today!

I’ve shared a few other recipes from my Grandma over the years here: Grandma’s Red Velvet Cake, Sweet Potato Casserole, Brown Sugar Krispies Ice Cream Topping, Coconut Cake, and Date Balls.

But this recipe, my Grandma’s chocolate trifle, is my absolute favorite. It makes an appearance at most family functions, and I think I could eat the bowl-full without so much as a hiccup.

Grandma's Chocolate Trifle Recipe

We went to visit my Grandparents last weekend, and Grandma made THIS ☝ big bowl of chocolate-y, creamy, pudding-y heaven. When my mom saw the bowl, she looked at me wide-eyed and said, “How many people does she think she’s feeding??”

By the time we left that evening, we had gobbled up almost the entire bowl. Only social graces kept me from finishing it off myself and licking the bowl clean too.

Grandma's Chocolate Trifle

If you’re familiar with poke cakes made with pudding, then you have an idea of what this tastes like, because it’s basically a de-constructed (or maybe the better word is re-constructed?) poke cake in a bowl that you eat with a spoon. The layers of soft cake soak up the chocolate pudding, and it’s all wrapped up in creamy Cool Whip smothered in Heath Bits.

This recipe is great for holidays and family gatherings because it’s easy to make and assemble, and it’s easy to serve to a crowd. No cake cutting or portioning– just scoop it out and dig in!

Grandma's Chocolate Trifle

My grandmother's recipe for a family favorite. Layers of chocolate cake, pudding, Cool Whip, and Heath Toffee Bits make this the most incredible holiday dessert ever! We gobble this up every time my grandma sets it on the table.

Ingredients:

1  9x13 chocolate cake, baked and cooled (from scratch or a box mix)

3/4 oz. chocolate instant pudding mix

2 cups skim milk

16 oz. Cool Whip

1 cup Milk Chocolate Heath Toffee Bits

 

Directions:

Cut up the chocolate cake into bite sized pieces in the pan. Set aside.

Whisk together the pudding mix and skim milk until thickened.

Place 1/3 of the cake pieces in the bottom of a trifle dish. Spread 1/3 of the pudding over top. Spread 1/3 of the Cool Whip on top of the pudding. Repeat for 3 layers.

Sprinkle the Heath Bits on top of the final layer of Cool Whip.

Chill for at a least an hour before serving.

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If you liked this recipe, you MUST try the Brownie version:
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And check out these other Family Cookbook recipes perfect for any holiday or family gathering!

Oatmeal Cake

Oatmeal Cake

Aunt Carol’s Crescent Rolls

Aunt Carol's Crescent Rolls

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Grandma’s Red Velvet Cake

Grandma's Red Velvet Cake

Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.