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Triple Chocolate Trifles

These easy, individual triple chocolate trifles are a delicious Valentine's Day dessert. This recipe makes two large or four small trifles.

Two glasses of trifle in front of a red tea towel with hearts and two spoons

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A glass of triple chocolate trifle

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Easy Triple Chocolate Trifles

Since we're showing love for Cookies for Kids Cancer, and it's almost Valentine's Day, I'm sharing an easy, no-bake dessert recipe that is perfect for Valentine's Day! It's a triple-chocolate trifle in two individual portions.

First, we have a layer of chocolate pudding, made using instant pudding mix. Next, a layer of chocolate crumbs. I used chocolate snack cakes, but you could use brownies, cupcakes, cookies or graham crackers. Whatever you have on hand. And finally, white chocolate whipped cream. Repeat, and garnish with chocolate shavings, berries or a sprig of mint.

A slightly overhead view of a glass of chocolate trifle


Q: What do you mean by snack cakes?

A: I used TastyKake Chocolate Juniors (I left the cream in while crumbling for extra moisture), and I believe Hostess and other brands make something similar.

Q: Can I use something else besides snack cakes?

A: Yes, you can use chocolate cake/cupcakes, chocolate brownies, chocolate cookies, or chocolate graham crackers.

Q: Is there any way to lower the calorie and fat count?

A: There are a couple of minor tweaks you can make: use low-fat or fat-free milk when preparing the Instant chocolate pudding. Use low-fat cakes or cookies for the crumbs. You could also use smaller glasses and make three or four portions instead of two large ones.

A single glass of triple chocolate trifle on a red tea towel

These portions are pretty big. I used stemless red wine glasses. You can use smaller glasses or even mason jars, and stretch the ingredients into three or even four smaller portions.

The pudding can be made a day ahead of time. The white chocolate whipped cream should be made the day you plan to serve it. It's not that you can't store the cream, but it's tricky to soften it to portion it into the glasses. The white chocolate makes the cream stiffer than traditional whipped cream when chilled.

You can assemble these early in the day and refrigerate until ready to serve.

A glass of triple chocolate trifle

Easy Triple Chocolate Trifle for Two

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These easy, individual triple chocolate trifles are a delicious Valentine's Day dessert. This recipe makes two large or four small trifles.


  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 6 oz white chocolate chips
  • 2.1 oz Instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 chocolate snack cakes (about 3 oz each), crumbled (see notes)


  1. Place the white chocolate chips in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring the heavy cream just to scalding (small bubbles form at the edge of the pan). Do not let it boil.
  3. Pour the hot cream over the white chocolate, and let stand for 1 minute, then whisk until smooth. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.
  4. While the white chocolate cream is cooling, make the instant pudding: in another mixing bowl, combine the pudding mix with the 2 cups of milk. Refrigerate for 5 minutes.
  5. Once the white chocolate cream is cool, whip with a hand mixer or stand mixer until medium peaks form. This could take up to 15 minutes with a hand mixer.
  6. In two glasses, layer the chocolate pudding, chocolate cake crumbs, white chocolate cream, then more crumbs, more pudding, more crumbs, and a final layer of white chocolate cream.
  7. If desired, garnish with chocolate shavings, berries, or a sprig of fresh mint.


Instead of snack cakes, you can substitute chocolate cake crumbs, brownie crumbs, cookie crumbs or chocolate graham cracker crumbs.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 993Total Fat: 62gSaturated Fat: 36gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 134mgSodium: 422mgCarbohydrates: 94gFiber: 1gSugar: 70gProtein: 18g

I am not a certified nutritionist. This nutrition information is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only.

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Wendy Klik

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

What Valentine would not want to be served up one of these individual trifles?!

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