This Brownie Trifle recipe is the best way to make brownies feel new again! It’s super easy, and it’s an excellent dessert for chocolate lovers everywhere.
Chocolate Trifle Recipe
A trifle is a kind of dessert that originates in England. It’s a little like a cake. Traditionally, it consists of varying layers of cake, fruit, pudding, custard, or whipped topping.
The brownie trifle we’re making today is similar, except its layers of brownie, whipped topping, and chocolate pudding, all with shaved chocolate on top!
Don’t worry if you’ve never made a trifle before, by the way. This recipe is very easy.
In fact, I’d say it’s even easier than baking a cake in a sense. If you know how to make brownies and pudding from the store-bought mixes, you’re pretty much set. You can even get the kids involved with this one, it’s that simple!
Speaking of the kids, this is a totally kid-friendly recipe. It’s chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate, with not a hint of bitterness involved (unless you use dark chocolate, of course).
Since your trifle has to sit in the fridge for about 8 hours, I love making this ahead of time for parties and events where I know there are going to be a lot of little ones around!!
If your mouth is watering just thinking about brownie trifles now … read on.
Brownie Trifle: Ingredients & Equipment
To make this brownie dessert, you’ll need …
- brownie mix + ingredients – grab your favorite brownie mix and everything you’ll need to make it. To keep things short, I won’t get into details – I’m sure you’ve made box mix brownies before or watched someone do it!
- pudding mix, water, condensed milk – trifles usually have a pudding layer, and this is it.
- whipped topping – trifles also usually have a whipped topping layer, too. You’ll alternate between this, the pudding layer, and the brownie layer in your trifle.
- chocolate candy bar – shave this on the top of your brownie trifle for a garnish. I like using a Hershey’s bar, but you can use any brand you like!
- large bowl – for mixing the pudding mix.
- trifle bowl or another similar container – for layering and holding your trifle, of course!
Note: You can also use small cups (like dessert cups, for instance) to make individual servings of brownie trifle. Just layer the trifle individually in every cup! This is particularly helpful at events.
Brownie Trifle: FAQs
I’d say enough for 12 people, or for all your favorite loved ones to have seconds!
With my recipe, it takes a half-hour to prep and about another half hour to cook. However, you’ll want to refrigerate it about 8 hours before serving, so it’s best made the day before an event, for instance. Plan ahead!
– Chocolate sprinkles are always welcome in/on a brownie trifle.
– For mint flavors, shave Andes mints on top of the trifle instead of a regular chocolate bar.
– Chocolate sauce or caramel sauce both taste amazing as a topping, too.
– Want some fruit in your trifle? Add pie filling between the brownie and pudding layers for an extra treat. Cherry and strawberry pie filling in particular are ah-maze-ing!!
– Pumpkin flavors turn this trifle into an autumn treat. Try making pumpkin brownies, for instance, instead of the regular brownie mix, or splurging on some delicious pumpkin pudding. Or both!
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- 1 package (18.3 oz.) brownie mix
- ingredients to make brownies
- 1 package (3.9 oz.) instant chocolate pudding mix
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 container (8 oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 1 container (12 oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 1 bar (1.55 oz.) Hershey’s chocolate candy
- Prepare brownie mix according to package directions and cool completely. Cut into 1-inch squares.
- In a large bowl, combine pudding mix, water, and sweetened condensed milk. Mix until smooth, then fold in 8 ounces of whipped topping until well combined and no streaks remain.
- In a trifle bowl or large glass bowl, place half of the brownies, half of the pudding mixture, and half of the 12-oz. container of whipped topping. Repeat the layers. Shave chocolate onto the top layer for garnish.
- Refrigerate 8 hours before serving.
- Chocolate sprinkles are always welcome in/on a brownie trifle.
- For mint flavors, shave Andes mints on top of the trifle instead of a regular chocolate bar.
- Chocolate sauce or caramel sauce both taste amazing as a topping, too.
- Want some fruit in your trifle? Add pie filling between the brownie and pudding layers for an extra treat. Cherry and strawberry pie filling in particular are ah-maze-ing!!
- Pumpkin flavors turn this trifle into an autumn treat. Try making pumpkin brownies, for instance, instead of the regular brownie mix … or splurging on some delicious pumpkin pudding. Or both!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 68Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 166mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g
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