Chocolate Delight Dessert With Variations

Chocolate Delight Layered Pudding Dessert
Diana Rattray
    25 mins
Ratings (20)

Need a dessert for a potluck dinner or party? This layered chocolate pudding dessert is always a hit!

Chocolate delight is made with a graham cracker crust, pudding, sweetened cream cheese, and whipped topping. 

The variations on this basic recipe are endless. Make it with a pecan shortbread crust or a pretzel crust, or use butterscotch, pistachio, or banana pudding. See the many possibilities below the recipe.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 large tub (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed (or two 8-ounce tubs)
  • 2 packages (3.9 ounces each) chocolate instant pudding, or one vanilla and one chocolate
  • 3 cups cold milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F (180 C/Gas 4).
  2. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, and the melted butter; press into the bottom of a 9 x 13 x 2-inch pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool completely before assembling the layers.
  3. Beat the softened cream cheese with the confectioners' sugar until smooth. Stir in half of the whipped topping until well blended and then spread the mixture over the cooled crust.
  1. Beat the pudding with the milk as directed on the package (using only 3 cups of milk) and spread over the cream cheese layer.
  2. Top the dessert with the remaining whipped topping and spread to cover.
  3. If desired, sprinkle with chopped pecans or walnuts.
  4. Chill thoroughly before serving.

Variations

  • Salted Pretzel Crust - combine 1 1/2 cups of crushed pretzels with 1/3 cup of granulated sugar and 1/2 cup of melted butter. Pat the mixture in the baking pan and bake at 350 F (180 C/Gas 4) for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool completely and proceed with the recipe.
  • Nut Crust - In a bowl combine 1 cup of finely chopped pecans with 1 cup of all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup of melted butter. Pat the mixture in the baking pan. Bake at 350 F (180 C/Gas 4) for about 20 minutes, or until set and lightly browned. Cool completely and proceed with the recipe.
  • Butterscotch Delight - Use two boxes of butterscotch pudding instead of chocolate pudding and replace the pecan topping with Heath toffee chips, shaved semisweet or milk chocolate, or chopped candy bars, your choice.
  • Lemon Delight - Use lemon pudding and top with toasted coconut or shredded or grated lemon zest.
  • Banana Delight - Use banana pudding and top with toasted coconut.
  • Pistachio Delight - Use pistachio pudding and top with chopped pistachio nuts.

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