Triple Chocolate Trifle is made with chocolate cake, whipped cream, chocolate pudding, and heath bar bits.  This is a chocolate lovers dream!
There are several dessert recipes on TBFS that are truly originals from my childhood.  This triple chocolate trifle is one such recipe along with Pumpkin Cookies, Peach Cobbler, and German Chocolate Cake.
Chocolate trifle made with chocolate cake, whipped cream, chocolate pudding and heath candy, with a dish towel and crushed heath to the side.

Chocolate Trifle

Growing up, my oldest brother requested this trifle every year for his birthday.  It’s a family favorite dessert recipe that my mother created and the best part is that it’s SO easy to make! It seriously took me maybe 45 minutes, start to finish. Easy peasy, AND Delicious!

Trifle is a layered dessert that usually includes cake, pudding, and whipping cream in different varieties.  For example, my Angel Food Cake Fruit Trifle is made with angel food cake, fruit, vanilla pudding and whip cream where this trifle is triple chocolate (chocolate pudding, health, and chocolate cake).

Three photos of the ingredients needed for a chocolate trifle including a bowl of whipped cream, a bowl of chocolate pudding with a whisk in it, and a pan of chocolate cake cut into small squares.

Chocolate Trifle in 7 simple steps:

  1. Cut cake in cubes.  You can use a cake mix for the cake, or make it from scratch, just be sure to bake it in a 9×13” pan so it’s easier to cut into cubes.
  2. Make pudding. Prepare pudding according to package directions, or make it from scratch if you’d like.
  3. Beat whipping cream.  Place whipping cream in a large mixing bowl. Beat with electric beaters for 1-2 minutes. Slowly add the sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  4. Crush heath bars into small chunks.
  5. Assemble trifle:
    • Layer ⅓ of your cake cubes in the bottom of the trifle dish.
    • Dallop ⅓ of your pudding mixture over the cake.
    • Crumb ⅓ of the heath bar pieces over the pudding.
    • Spread ⅓ of the whipped cream over the heath bars.
  6. Repeat this process two more times!
  7. Refrigerate trifle for 1-2 hours before serving. Enjoy!

A trifle dish with one layer of cake and crushed health bars on top of the cake.

Making Ahead, Storing, and Freezing:

To Make Ahead:  This chocolate trifle is ideal made ahead of time.  It’s actually best to make it several hours or 1 day ahead of time.  You can also make the pudding and chocolate cake 2-3 days ahead of time and store them in fridge until ready to use.

To Store:  Store the chocolate trifle covered, in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.

To Freeze: There are a couple options for freezing this chocolate trifle.

  • Freeze the baked cake and chocolate pudding until ready to use.  Allow to thaw completely before assembling the trifle.
  • Make the trifle in a smaller Tupperware or casserole dish and freeze the entire trifle, covered tightly for up to 2 months.

A chocolate trifle with layers of cake, whipped cream and pudding and crushed heath candy bars on the top.

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Recipe

Chocolate trifle made with chocolate cake, whipped cream, chocolate pudding and heath candy, with a dish towel and crushed heath on the side.
Prep 20 mins
Refrigerate 2 hrs
Total 20 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 chocolate cake (baked in a 9x13 pan)
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large box instant chocolate pudding
  • 4-5 heath candy bars

Instructions
 

  • Cut your baked chocolate cake into small cubes. (You can use a cake mix for the cake, or make it from scratch, just be sure to bake it in a 9x13'' pan so it's easier to cut into cubes).
  • Prepare pudding according to package directions.
  • Place whipping cream in a large mixing bowl. Beat with electric beaters for 1-2 minutes.
  • Slowly add the sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  • Crush the health bars into small chunks.
  • Layer ⅓ of your cake cubes in the bottom of the trifle dish.
  • Dallop ⅓ of your pudding mixture over the cake. Crumb ⅓ of the heath bar pieces over the pudding. Spread ⅓ of the whipped cream over the heath bars.
  • Crumb ⅓ of the heath bar pieces over the pudding. 
  • Spread ⅓ of the whipped cream over the health bars.
  • Repeat this process two more times! 
  • Refrigerate trifle for 1-2 hours before serving. Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 211kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 2gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 50mgPotassium: 119mgSugar: 17gVitamin A: 300IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 0.2mg

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I originally shared this recipe February 2014. Updated September 2019.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this for Thanksgiving desert!!!! It is SOOOOOOOOO GOOD I love, love, love it!!! My family loved it!!!! I will definitely make it again! I might use Butterfingers the next time!!!!!

  2. 5 stars
    I made it with brownies so mine was not quite as tall. I also used peppermint as a sprinkle for the top and served it at Christmas. Big hit and yummy! So easy and such a hit! I also think you could flavor your homemade whip cream to compliment the candy topping you use. Thanks for the recipe!!

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