Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Death by Chocolate

My mom cut this recipe out of a magazine when we were growing up and this was THE go to party dessert in my family. That is where the name comes from.  Everyone that ever tried it was obsessed with Death by Chocolate and it was a real crowd pleaser. She hasn't made in a while, so when my co-worker Kelly asked for "anything chocolate" for her birthday celebration at our office, I knew exactly what to do. This isn't exactly the classiest ingredient list, but I won't apologize for that. This dessert is amazing in every way and it is really easy to make. Anyone can do it! Cake from a box mix, chocolate pudding, and cool whip. Done and done. This dessert does need to be kept cold to be best, so isn't great to sit outside on a buffet table in the sun all afternoon.  This makes it even better for winter and fall!  I added the chocolate peels on top, which really makes it super fancy. Everyone will eat this up and (sadly) you will never have leftovers.
Death by Chocolate
1 chocolate cake box mix
eggs and vegetable oil (for box mix)
2 chocolate jello packages
4 cups skim milk
2 packages cool whip
1 bar chocolate

1.  Make up your chocolate cake, allow it to cool and then smush it up and crumble it into pieces.  This can be done the day before and stored in a large Tupperware.
2.  Make up your chocolate pudding (also, obviously can be done in advance).
3.  Set out the cool whip so that it gets nice and soft.  You need to be able to spread it over the pudding, so you want it to be manageable.
4.  Put down a layer of crumbled up cake, top with chocolate pudding, and top that with cool whip.
 Repeat so that you now have two layers.
5.  Use a vegetable peeler to peel shards of chocolate bar.  Eat whatever is leftover that you couldn't peel!
6.  If you are ready to serve, top with chocolate peels and serve.  If you are refrigerating to serve later, cover the dessert with plastic wrap and put in the fridge.  Store the peeled chocolate in a bag or Tupperware.  Top when you are ready to serve.
7.  Serve up in big, sloppy portions and gobble down shamelessly.
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