Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Chocolate "Bomb"

This is a Chocolate "Bomb".

Can we have a moment of silence, please?


I have been making this dessert for almost 20 years.

Before I ever uttered the word "Santoku", or knew the difference between baking powder and baking soda, I was making this dessert.

You don't need to have ANY culinary skills at all to make this.

Really. You don't. You can be totally inept in the kitchen and you can whip this up and take it to your next party.

Gentlemen, the two of you who read this blog - YOU can make this. You can! Scared of baking a cake? Buy one at the store. Really - you need ZIPPO kitchen know-how to put this together.

I have made this Chocolate "Bomb" twice this summer now and taken it to a cookout. And, it is always gobbled up and completely gone in about 10 minutes flat.

It looks fabulous. It tastes fabulous. And, without fail, no matter where I take this, someone always yells out, "WHO BROUGHT THIS CHOCOLATE THING??"

Chocolate cake.
Chocolate pudding.
Cool Whip.
Heath Bar.

That's it.

But, oh, the Heath Bar - piled on top and hiding out in the middle - it is the secret to this dessert. It's crunchy and sweet and adds just the right touch. It takes every bit of my will power not to eat the Heath Bar topping off of it before I make it out the door.

I love taking this to summer cookouts because it is cold, but won't melt. It's kind of light and airy, but still a filling dessert that feeds a lot of people.

Try this one.

It's ridiculously easy.

And, it'll be the hit of the party.


Chocolate "Bomb"

1 9"x13" boxed chocolate cake, prepared
2 small boxes Jello instant chocolate pudding, prepared
2 small tubs Cool Whip, thawed
5 Heath Bars, chopped

Cut chocolate cake into 1" squares.

To assemble, layer chocolate cake squares to cover bottom of trifle bowl. Top with 1/2 of pudding. Top with one tub of Cool Whip. Sprinkle 1/2 of chopped Heath Bars over cool whip. Repeat all layers ending with Heath Bar on top.

Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

*If you don't have a trifle bowl, I own this one. For $10, it is a great buy and it's very sturdy.

*This recipe can be made gluten free by using a gluten free cake. It can also be made entirely from scratch if you prefer to make your own chocolate cake, whipped cream, and pudding.


  1. I love this dessert, and have also been making it for years. So easy and gets rave reviews every time. I like to use brownies instead of cake and chocolate mousse instead of pudding, and of course the extra creamy cool whip - makes it rich and even more delicious.

    1. Janine - I have tried it with brownies before and like the "lightness" of cake just a bit better. But, I love your chocolate mousse idea. I might have to try that next time!

  2. I used to make this years ago :) I think it was called "Death by Chocolate" when I made it. I used chocolate mousse and brownies, but I think I like the idea of cake and pudding better. Cake would make it less dense and pudding more cost effective. Looks yummy!

    1. Karleen - Oooh, Death by Chocolate. Perfect name! :)

  3. TOTALLY going to make this during the weekend. craving some serious chocolate post baby!!!!

    1. Lisa - You deserve it, friend! Praying for you and TJ every day!

  4. Making this for all my boys this week! YUM thanks!