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Chocolate Trifle

Rich Chocolate Trifle made with Brownies, instant Pudding and Chocolate. The Pudding and Cream breaks the richness a little, making this a deliciously balanced dessert.

Chocolate Trifle

When we think of desserts, Chocolate Trifle is one of the first that comes to mind. It is a classic British dessert that has been enjoyed for centuries.

A Traditional Trifle is a layered dessert that consists of cake, custard, fruit, and whipped cream.

Now, Chocolate Trifle is a variation of this dessert that uses chocolate brownie pieces, butterscotch pudding, chocolate bars and whipped cream.

Trifle is a perfect dessert for any occasion. It is easy to make and can be prepared a day in advance, making it ideal for dinner parties or family gatherings.

This also a great dessert to serve during the holidays, as it’s rich and indulgent. Whether you are looking for a dessert to impress your guests or just want to treat yourself, this trifle is a great option.

There are many variations of chocolate trifle, and each one is unique in its own way. Some recipes use brownies instead of cake, while others use different types of chocolate for the pudding.

Some recipes also include liqueur, such as Kahlúa or Baileys, to add an extra kick to the dessert. No matter what variation you choose, chocolate trifle is sure to be a hit.

Chocolate Bar Substitutions

When making a chocolate trifle, we often rely on chocolate bars to add richness and depth to the dessert. However, there are times when we may not have chocolate bars on hand or may want to try something different.

    • Kit-Kat
    • Twix
    • Mars
    • Almond Joy
    • Toblerone
    • Aero – any flavor
    • Peanut Butter Cups – cut larger ones in half and use whole mini cups

and so the list carries on !

Keep in mind that the flavor and texture of your trifle may be slightly different when using different chocolate bars.

Butterscotch Pudding Substitution

When it comes to making chocolate trifle, there are many variations you can try to make it unique and delicious. One way to switch up the recipe is by substituting the usual chocolate pudding with butterscotch pudding.

Butterscotch pudding is a less sweet alternative to chocolate pudding, which is why I prefer butterscotch.

Trifles are great dessert options for summer barbecues, potlucks, or any occasion that calls for a sweet and indulgent treat.

Brownie or Chocolate Cake ?

While some people prefer using brownies, others swear by chocolate cake. At the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference.

If you are making the trifle from scratch, you can bake a batch of brownies or chocolate cake at home. However, if you are short on time, store-bought options work just as well !

Chocolate Trifle

Yes ! Trifle can be served throughout the year

As trifle is a versatile dessert, it can be served throughout the year. Whether it is a summer picnic, a winter holiday gathering, or a springtime brunch, trifle is perfect for any occasion.

One of the best things about trifle is that it can be made a day in advance, which makes it perfect for busy hosts.

With its versatility, make-ahead convenience, and customizable options, it is no wonder why trifles are such a popular choice for many occasions.

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Chocolate Trifle

Chocolate Trifle

Chocolate Trifle

Linda Nortje
Rich Chocolate Trifle made with Brownies, instant Pudding and Chocolate. The Pudding and Cream breaks the richness a little, making this a deliciously balanced dessert.
5 from 16 votes
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Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 483 kcal


  • 450 grams Brownie Cake broken into pieces (1 pound) - store-bought or homemade
  • 2 Boxes Instant Butterscotch Pudding (plus Milk as per the boxes) - 4 servings size boxes
  • 3 ½ cups Chocolate Bars chopped (I used Snickers and Bar One)
  • 1 cup Fresh Cream whipped (double cream/whipping cream)


  • Prepare the Instant Pudding as per the instructions on the box – chill 5 minutes
  • Place ½ of the Brownie pieces in the bottom of a serving dish – top with ½ the Pudding
  • Scatter 1 ½ cups of the broken Chocolate Bars over the Pudding, followed by ½ of the whipped Cream
  • Repeat the layers, ending with the remaining ½ cup Chocolate pieces
  • Chill at least 1 hour before serving (the longer this Trifle chills, the better!)


  • Prep Time given are based on already baked Brownie use
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Trifle
Serving Size
1 Servings
Amount per Serving
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition value, where given, is not always accurate. Please also check your ingredient labels.
Recipe Rating

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Linda P

Thursday 22nd of May 2014

Way yummy and decadent. Nice and easy too.


Thursday 22nd of May 2014

This looks dangerous in a good way Linda :-)

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