Our church was having a Palm Sunday potluck tonight and they were providing the meat, potatoes and drinks. Everyone attending was asked to bring a side dish or dessert. I was looking for something easy that I could put together with things I had on hand. I found this Chocolate Trifle dessert in one of my many church cookbooks, specifically Salem Methodist Church. Fortunately it makes two dishes of dessert, which was good news - one for home - one for the potluck! It didn't last anytime at all at church. Others at our table didn't even get to try it since it was gone so fast!
6 Heath bars (I didn't use these)
2 (8 oz) containers Cool Whip
1 chocolate cake mix
4 (3.5 oz) pkgs instant chocolate pudding
2 large bowls
Bake cake in a 9 X 13-inch pan according to the directions. Cool. Make 4 packages of pudding as directed on packages. Chill. Cut cake in 4 equal parts. Crumble 1 part in the bottom of one bowl. Spread 1/4 of the pudding over the cake. Spread 1/2 of one container of Cool Whip over pudding. Cut up 1-1/2 candy bars and sprinkle over Cool Whip. Repeat all 4 layers again with candy bar crumbled over the top. Repeat with second bowl.
1) Instead of using a 9 X 13 pan, I used a 10 X 15 "bar" pan. After the cake cooled completely I used a knife a cut one inch squares.
2) I did not use the Heath bars and we didn't even miss them.
3) I wanted the pudding to be real thick so instead of the 2 cups of milk per box of pudding, I used 1-1/2" cups.