Granny’s Chocolate Mousse Brownie Trifle

Chocolate Mousse Brownie Trifle Pic

Have you heard of death by chocolate?  I have it for you today.
I mean, that’s not what it is…but you’ll feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven!

My Granny has been making this for years…I honestly have no clue where she got the recipe from, but I do know she’s tweaked it a little to her liking…and…IT. IS. LETHAL.

I have considered trying this recipe with fresh whipped cream instead of whipped topping, but I haven’t done it yet.  I mean, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…know what I’m saying?
But I’m sure that fresh whipped cream will only make it more lethal.
I mean, who wouldn’t want fresh whipping cream?!

For years, we have had yearly family reunions with my Granny’s side of the family
and this is a highly requested dessert.
In fact, my cousin requested it every year for years…and now that we have our family cookbook published, she makes it for her family gatherings all the time now.
I believe it’s now highly requested from her now too!

Now…lets get on to the good stuff!  This recipe is super simple actually.
The only thing that you have to do in advance is bake the brownies, sprinkle them with coffee liqueur, and let cool.
I normally do it the night before I put the dessert together.
We have also had difficulty finding a mousse mixture lately in grocery stores.
I did happen to find some at Lowes Foods, but you can also find some here on Amazon.



1 package fudge brownie mix
1/4 cup coffee flavored liqueur (or strong coffee, if you prefer)
2 (3.5 oz.) packages instant chocolate mousse mix (mixed according to directions)
2 king-size Heath candy bars, crushed (you can also use the Heath chips found in the chocolate chip aisle)
2 (12 oz.) containers of whipped topping
chocolate curls or chopped candy, to garnish

  • Prepare brownie mix and bake according to package directions in a 9×13 inch pan.
  • Poke holes into warm brownies in pan and brush with liqueur or coffee.  Let cool and crumble.
  • Prepare chocolate mousse according to package directions, omitting chilling.
  • Layer half of brownies on bottom, then half of mousse, half of candy, then one tub of whipped topping.
  • Repeat layers with remaining ingredients, ending with whipped topping.
  • Garnish with chopped candy.
  • Chill for 8 hours.




Your finished product should look something like this:

Trifle Shot

Trifle Photo Shoot 2

I MIGHT have added a lot little too much coffee liqueur – and the brownies turned out a little more like a cakey-gooey mess, but it’s all good – just don’t be like me.
I also bought a cheaper brand of coffee liqueur.  Again…don’t be like me – go for the good stuff!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as our family does!

Smoke & Mirrors People

My goal was to have this up on Friday….but life happens, so it’s a little late.
Also, trying to take pictures for a food blog is no easy task…well, at least not for me…but this was just my first one…and it was a bit disastrous.

First time I pulled my trifle bowl out of the box from our wedding gifts…and broke it like 1 minute later.
This is also the reason why this is not pictured in the BEAUTIFUL trifle bowl that I had.
Here’s the aftermath of disaster #1.

 Blog Realness

Blog Realness 2

Then I opened a cabinet and bottle of vanilla flavoring shattered on the counter and went EVERYWHERE
(but I forgot to document that).
Again…don’t be like me.

Let’s just say…I’ll stick to makeup for the most part!


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