Death by Chocolate

Saturday, June 9, 2012: Today has been a busy day! Farmer’s Market and grocery shopping this morning, a few random other errands, and (most importantly) making Death by Chocolate!!!

This goes back – way back. And it’s very strongly associated with a family friend. Since forever. When my brother and I were little we used to go to this friend’s house every spring (ish?) (you know how time and memory works for kids … it was warm outside and there were flowers, so we’ll go with spring) for a party. When their plants got bigger/spread they invited folks over to take the excess! This friend’s garden was all marked very clearly as to what could be dug up and taken and what must be untouched. And, more importantly, there were lots of other kids to play with, an awesome backyard, and good food. And even more important than that, there was Death by Chocolate. There was always Death by Chocolate. So Death by Chocolate and Ann Carr and Lee were pretty much synonymous for us. Now, of course, they mean much more to me … but then it was a different story.

We’re going next-door this evening for a lovely little dinner party and I decided it called for Death by Chocolate. And boy have I been channeling Ann Carr today! She’s pretty much been in my kitchen with me all day. We did things a little bit differently this time, but only a couple of minute details. The rest is the same. Except, of course, I don’t have a glass trifle dish, so that’s a bummer. (Note to self: when we have a bigger kitchen I will need a glass trifle dish/glass serving bowl.)

What’s that? You want a recipe? Okay. I’ll share it with you – and it’s SUPER EASY!

1 9 x 13 chocolate cake, cooled and crumbled

1 box chocolate pudding, prepared according to directions on box

1 12 oz. container whipped topping, thawed

Several crushed Heath bars (or similar)

3/4 cup strong brewed coffee or 1/4 cup coffee liqueur

Layer as follows: half of crumbled chocolate cake, half of coffee/coffee liqueur drizzled over cake, half of pudding spread over cake, half of whipped topping spread over pudding, half of crushed Heath sprinkled over whipped topping, and repeat with the other half of everything! Refrigerate until serving!


4 thoughts on “Death by Chocolate

  1. Gosh I hope Ann Carr doesn’t care that you shared this. haha I hope lots of people try it, though I don’t remember her ever giving the coffee as an option instead of liqueur. We need to make this when the KEMPS are out! We can put bananas in Paul’s. hehe

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