Chocolate Berry Trifle

Have you ever noticed that trifles are so often made with vanilla pudding and vanilla wafers or shortbread or angel food cake? Where’s the chocolate? I’m here today to change that. This Chocolate Berry Trifle involves Oreos and chocolate pudding, which means you can’t possibly go wrong. Unless you don’t like chocolate–then you’re just plum out of luck. It’s quick and easy to whip up, can be made in individual dishes or one large one, and makes a great dessert for the 4th of July due to the red, white, and blue berries and cream.

Chocolate berry trifle in a glass bowl

Ingredient Notes

  • Cool Whip – Not a fan of Cool Whip? That’s ok! Whip 16 ounces of heavy cream with 1/2 cup powdered sugar to use in its place.
  • Cream Cheese – Full fat or low fat will both work here. Avoid fat free.
  • Oreos – We all know and love this name brand, but any sandwich cookie will do here. Feel free to switch things up according to your personal taste!
  • Pudding and Berries – Yes, this is a recipe for Chocolate Berry Trifle, but this same method works for other flavor combinations. You could switch out the chocolate pudding for vanilla and/or change the berries for a different flavor profile. Banana pudding, Nutter Butters, and bananas would be a yummy combo, especially if you snuck a spoonful of peanut butter into the topping!

How to Make Chocolate Berry Trifle

mixing pudding mix, whipped cream, and sweetened condensed milk in a glass bowl for chocolate mouse

  1. For the chocolate pudding layer,  blend together a package of instant chocolate pudding, some water, and a can of sweetened condensed milk. Then whip some cream and fold it all together into a rich mousse.
  2. Next, whip together some softened cream cheese and 2 containers of thawed Cool Whip (or whipped cream, if you prefer).
  3. Lastly, chop up some Oreo cookies, wash and slice a pint of strawberries and wash our blue(ish) berries (blueberries or blackberries work great).
  4. Finally, layer it all up! You can do this however you please. For these pictures, in individual serving dishes, I did a layer of pudding, followed by Oreos, berries, the whipped cream cheese mixture, and topped with more berries and Oreos. If you’re making this is one large trifle dish, simply repeat the layers until you use up all of your ingredients. I do recommend finishing the top off with a layer of the whipped cream cheese mixture and garnishing with berries and cookie pieces.

Filling a dessert cowl with chocolate pudding and berries

Serving Suggestions

This a seriously delicious red, white, and blue (plus chocolate) dessert for Memorial Day or the 4th of July, but really, when berries are cheap and awesome, it’s perfect all summer.

Looking for other patriotic desserts? Check out our Independence Day archives for a list of yummy red, white, and blue treats!

Two trifle desserts in glass bowls

FAQs

  • Can I make these ahead of time? The best way to prep this Chocolate Berry Trifle ahead of time is to prepare the pudding and whipped cream cheese mixture up to 24 hours in advance and store in airtight containers in the fridge. You can also prep all of your fruit and chop your Oreos. Layer everything together within a couple of hours of serving. You can, of course, put it all together earlier, just remember that the longer it sits, the softer the cookies become.
  • What if I don’t have a trifle bowl? Trifle is a beautiful dessert that looks best in a clear bowl. If you don’t have clear dessert dishes, try mason jars or drinking glasses! Don’t own any suitable clear serving dishes? No worries; this trifle is just as delicious when you can’t see the layers.

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layered cream, berries and chocolate Pudding in bowl

Chocolate Berry Trifle

  • Author: Our Best Bites
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves about 10
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No cook

Description

Rich chocolate pudding, Oreo cookies, fresh berries, and a whipped cream cheese topping. The perfect easy, no-bake dessert for the 4th of July or Memorial Day thanks to the red and blue berries and white whipped cream cheese topping!


Ingredients

1  4-serving-size (3.9-ounce) package instant chocolate pudding
1 cup cold water
1  14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup heavy cream
2  8-ounce containers Cool Whip, thawed
8 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature
2/3 package of Oreo cookies, roughly chopped
1 pint blueberries, blackberries, or a combination of both, washed
1 pint strawberries, washed, hulled, and sliced


Instructions

To prepare the chocolate layer, whisk together the pudding, cold water, and sweetened condensed milk. Refrigerate. Using an electric mixer, whip the cream until soft peaks form. Fold into the chocolate pudding mixture until well-combined and then refrigerate until ready to use.

To prepare the cream cheese layer, use an electric mixer to whip the cream cheese until it’s light and fluffy. Add the thawed Cool Whip and whip until light and fluffy and well-combined.

Layer the ingredients in trifle dishes. If using individual dishes, it’s easiest to do a layer of pudding, cookies, strawberries, Cool Whip/cream cheese, and end with berries. If using one large trifle dish, repeat the layers until you run out of ingredients (or space).


Notes

If desired, Cool Whip can be replaced with 16 ounces of heavy cream whipped with 1/2 cup powdered sugar.

Keywords: Patriotic desserts, 4th of July, Memorial Day, no-bake desserts

 

49 comments

  1. One of our family’s favorite trifles is a prepared chocolate cake mix, crumbled, layered with chocolate pudding, cool whip and heath toffee pieces. Wonderful!

  2. Hi, I love the thought of chocolate in trifles! I have a trifle I made this week and am posting this Friday with pound cake, lemon curd and gingersnap crumbs, it was delicious! My husband is English and grew up with the more traditional English trifle which has a layer of fruit and jello on the bottom with ladyfingers too. Not quite as appetizing as I’d like, especially after the first few bites, it just looks messy. We’ll have to give your chocolate creation a try.

  3. The thing I love about my English mother is the fact that the only trifle we ever had in our house growing up consisted of chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, Cool Whip and Skor bits. I never had a fruit laden, vanilla pudding trifle until I was in my early 20s! Bless her for loving me enough to only make the really good stuff! This one looks good too, maybe we’ll have to switch things up one of these days and surprise the family with a trifle that has fruit in it! Haha

  4. when i think of trifle (i have eaten several different kinds and loved them) I can’t help think of the episode of ‘Friends’ when Rachel tries to make a trifle and mixes up a trifle recipe and shepherd’s pie recipe. One of my favorite TV kitchen blunders of all time.

  5. It’s funny how putting it in the small trifle bowl makes the berries look enormous. which makes them look delicious. Also, I’m not usually a huge fan of instant chocolate pudding but I can get on board with anything that has sweetened condensed milk and whipped cream in it! We are having company for dinner on Sunday and I’m pretty sure I’ll have to make this for dessert. Does it work to make this the day before or would I be better off to make the pudding (mousse?) and the cream ahead of time but assemble the trifle the day of?

    1. You could definitely make it the day before–in fact, you’d probably be better off that way (rather than trying to assemble it later) because the pudding/cool whip mixtures will still be workable.

  6. My friends and I do a “death by chocolate trifle” that includes oreos, broken chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, and heath bar bits with the cool whip. People fight over it! 🙂 This looks great with the berries.

  7. People still make trifle with vanilla pudding (I’m thinking ‘dream topping’ or ‘angel delight’ from the UK)?? No wonder they think it’s old fashioned and icky. Trifles are ever popular over here but nowadays are made with fresh custard and whipped cream, plus fresh fruit- usually with strawberries at this time of year.

  8. This looks perfect for this weekend and I have a plethora (yes, a true plethora)of chocolate pudding we need to use up. I have never made any trifle because although I think it looks pretty in the bowl once you take a scoop it is visually disturbing to me (weird, I know!) So now I will have to go hunt down these little trifle bowls since they are adorable! Keep up the great work ladies, you’re amazing!

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