Remember my new trifle bowl? Ok, so it's not actually a trifle bowl, it's just a clear glass bowl. Well, after my Berry Trifle, I knew I had to make another trifle of some sort for our annual kids party. I had several ideas running around but finally I looked at the menu that I had prepared for the party and realized that I was missing something essential.
You can't have a kids party without chocolate. 30 or so kids, games and a bouncy house. But no chocolate. That wasn't going to happen. So the Brownie Trifle won.
I loved how easy it was. Just brownies, chocolate pudding, whipped cream and heath. I made the brownies and my daughter made the rest and put it together. You could totally make it even more simple and use Cool Whip but I beat the whipping cream. Actually, I made the daughter beat the whipping cream. Much easier that way.
You'll have to forgive my pictures. With 60 - 70 guest on their way, a hot kitchen and tons of food to make, it's a wonder I even thought to take these pictures. Crummy picture but awesome dessert.
The beauty of this is that you can make it gluten free if you'd like. There are plenty of good gluten free brownie mixes out there. I chose not to make this gluten free but will next time for sure.
You can follow the recipe below but I suggest using it more as a guideline. You might have a different sized bowl and may need more or less of something. Your brownie mix might make a different amount than mine. I used a pretty big one as I didn't want to skimp on the chocolate. My daughter put it together, I think she put two layers of stuff, maybe three. I'm not entirely sure. I do know that we licked the bowl clean and it was incredibly delicious!
Death by Chocolate Brownie Trifle Recipe
2 large packages of instant chocolate pudding
4 cups of milk (this will make the pudding set faster and thicker)
13 x 9 in. pan of fudge brownies (mine were thick, don't skimp on the brownie!)
1 package of Heath Toffee Bits or you can just crush a couple of Heath candy bars
16 oz. of whipped cream (I think that I made more of this, I don't really know how much I used)
Prepare pudding according to directions but only use 2 cups of milk per box. This will make it thicker and set faster. Cut brownies into chunks, they don't have to be pretty. Place about half of the brownie bites on the bottom of the trifle bowl in a single layer. Evenly pour half the pudding on top of the brownies. Layer half the whipped cream, then half of the toffee bits. Repeat layers. Chill before serving.
We didn't chill ours. We put it together and stuck it on a table in 90 degree heat. Nobody cared. It all was eaten.
**Note - My daughter might have used three layers rather than two. It doesn't really matter.