There is a reason this decadent dessert is called Death by Chocolate. It is TO DIE FOR. It is loaded with layers of chocolate-y deliciousness, including brownie chunks, chocolate mousse, chocolate chips, candy bits and more.
It is insanely yummy and my mom always makes it for Easter and/or Christmas! It’s a hit with the whole family.
This recipe has been in the family for several years now and to be honest, I have no idea where the original recipe came from. But just know that I am not claiming it as my own. I am just a BIG supporter of it and believe it needs to be shared! It would be selfish to keep this one to myself. ; )
This version from allrecipes looks pretty much identical, but there are several out there just like it!
Also, FYI: this is not a “healthier” dessert recipe. This is straight up loaded with sugar and alllll the good stuff — no substitutions and ZERO regrets!
ways to make death by chocolate a little healthier
You all know that I am a full supporter of indulging in the real thing when you want it with zero guilt whatsoever. However, there are a few ways you could make this dessert a little bit “healthier” if you really wanted to.
One idea would be to make my Fudgy Black Bean Brownies for the brownie chunks throughout the recipe, rather than a boxed brownie mix. My black bean brownies don’t make quite as much though (you want to fill a 9×13) so you would possibly have to double it.
Another thing you could do is buy sugar-free pudding mix. Not saying this is necessarily “healthier”, but it will be lower in sugar if you need that!
You can also get “Lite” Cool Whip but it really doesn’t make a significant difference in terms of calories or nutritional content.
Again, ZERO SHAME in making the real thing. We absolutely LOVE this dessert and it is amazing and you need it, no matter what!!
Other possible add-ins for death by chocolate
The original recipe that my mom has always followed calls for Heath Toffee Bits throughout the dessert, which adds some delicious flavor and crunch. I love it with Heath Toffee Bits, BUT, you could easily swap this out for your favorite candy, crushed up.
That could be Reese’s Pieces, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Butterfinger, or any other kind of candy that you love! Again, I think it’s nice to have something that adds crunch, so keep that in mind! But you can’t go wrong with any of those options!
I definitely recommend sticking with the chocolate theme. Crushed up Snickers or 100 Grand bars would be amazing too… drooling just thinking about it.
Okay, recipe time!
Death By Chocolate
- 1 package brownie mix cook according to instructions
- 1 bag Heath Toffee Bits
- 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
- 2 tubs Cool Whip thawed
- 2 boxes Jello chocolate pudding
- 4 cups heavy whipping cream
- Bake the brownies per the directions on the box, cool completely and cut up into at least 48 small pieces so that you can spread them as a layer.
- Make the chocolate mousse by combining the 2 boxes of chocolate pudding mix with 4 cups of heavy whipping cream and beat for approximately 4 minutes or until it forms a stiff peak when you lift the mixer. Put the mousse in the fridge to chill for an hour or so.
- In a glass bowl or large trifle dish, layer as follows: ½ of the brownies, cut into small pieces½ chocolate mousse½ cup of toffee bits1 tub of Cool Whip
- Repeat layers, then sprinkle top with more toffee bits and mini chocolate chips. You could also add some shaved chocolate from a Hershey candy bar on top or anything chocolate just to make it even yummier and pretty!
I hope your family loves this recipe as much as mine does! I’m pretty confident they will. 😉 It’s pretty hard to mess up!
Be sure to tag me if you try this one out! Enjoy. 🙂