Died and Gone to Heaven

This can also be referred to as a chocolate trifle, but to my mom and me… it is better known as, “Died and Gone to Heaven.”

This dessert is WONDERFUL! It whips up pretty easy and everyone who eats it will think you spent forever making it!  It truly tastes like heaven!

Died and Gone to Heaven aka Chocolate Brownie Trifle… this is a chocolate lover's dream!

a.k.a. Chocolate Trifle

Chocolate Trifle

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
refrigerate 8 hours
Servings 20
Calories 335kcal



  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Mousse

  • 3.9 ounces Instant Chocolate Pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 14 ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 8 ounces cool whip thawed

Remaining Ingredients

  • 12 ounces cool whip
  • 3 Heath candy bars crushed



  • Cream butter and sugar together.
  • Add eggs and vanilla and blend well.
  • Add salt, cocoa, and flour. Don't over-beat.
  • Pour into a greased 9x13 pan.
  • Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes or until done. Cool completely.
  • Once brownies are cooled completely cut into 1 inch squares.

Chocolate Mousse

  • In a large bowl, mix chocolate pudding mix, water, and sweetened condensed milk.
  • Fold in 8 oz. container of cool whip until there are no streaks remaining.


  • half of brownies squares
  • half of pudding mixture
  • half of 12 ounce container Cool whip
  • remaining brownie squares
  • remaining pudding mixture
  • remaining Cool whip
  • Top with 3 crushed Heath candy Bars
  • Refrigerate 8 hours before serving.


Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 270mg | Potassium: 175mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 434IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Gloria

    Im agree this is to die for!!! amazing! gloria

  2. Angelina @ April Violet

    Oh yes!!! Very heavenly! Many of my favorite things in this recipe.......health bars can we say Yum!

  3. Kathy

    That sounds pretty darn good!!! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Kate

    Oh my goodness! These look fabulous!

  5. Tanya@takesix

    What a yummy looking dessert!! I'd love to make it VERY soon.

  6. Sadie

    "Died and Gone to Heaven"....more like "I'm wearing my elastic waist pants so please give me a large spoon!" This looks delicious. What a special trea!


  7. KarmaKristin

    Oh I love this!! recipe saved and I will make it next time we have a family gathering!!! Thank you for sharing!!

  8. Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com

    Super Yummy!!! For the looks of it your title is the PERFECT description!!

  9. kitchen flavours

    Your chocolate trifle looks wonderful! Yes, I can see every spoonful is heavenly! Yummy!

  10. JRFrugalMom

    I think this one should come with a warning:) Oh so yummy I'm sure!

    I am your newest follower, and I would like to invite you to the Follow Us Monday Morning blog hop at Frugality Is Free.

  11. S. Greiner

    Oh my! This looks devine...it's one of those perfect summer desserts!!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  12. Sandie

    MMMM I think I gained weight just reading this post. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Kristyn

    thanks for the follow! I am now following you back!

  14. MiniBinoy

    hello Nikki, thanx for visiting my blog and posting such a lovely comment.. am following you too..your recipe collection is really awesome!!.. am tempted to try them all out!!congrats!

  15. Steph

    oh my - i can see why you call it that! looks amazing!

  16. Aisling Beatha

    oh WOW! That looks incredible! Trouble is if I make it I'll eat it! heehee

  17. El mundo con fieltro... sabe mejor

    Oh, my God!!!! This is a piece of heaven. It is an amazing recipe!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Caitlin

    Okay, first of all, sorry to see the above post--- but to the topic of YOUR blog, I just started making brownies from scratch and I agree that they are so much better! Completely worth the effort, which really is not much more. :)

  19. Caitlin

    Oops-- I wasn't talking about Jill's post-- the one I mentioned was removed right after I posted!

  20. McKinley

    I love triffels!!! And this one loooks so so so so so good!!! Is it too much for me to ask... but I once saw on this girls blog that she made it possible to print out her recipes... with or with out the pictures and it would help me greatly if you had that button for each recipe. I tried your s'more cake and it was a hit!! Thanks for all the fun things.

  21. Crystal

    My boys and husband would love this!

  22. Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet

    Oh, my! I'll take some, over here, please! YUM!

  23. Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy

    YUM! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/06/tuesday-confessional-link-party.html. I hope to see you soon!

  24. Kelli @ RTSM

    That sounds way too yummy! I make a brownie layered thing with just pudding and cool whip...adding the sweeten condensed milk would make it so much better though!

  25. Comfy Cook


    I think that one word says it all. I hope it does.

  26. shopannies

    what a great name going to have to try this one for sure sounds so gooood

  27. Denyse@Crazy Beautiful Life

    This looks really delish...

    Thanks for visiting and becoming a follower of my blog...I'm following back!!

    Looking forward to all the yummy treats..

  28. ladybehindthecurtain.com

    This looks good. Would come over and share some of your recipes at my link party Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow?
    I hope to see you there!

  29. Joy @ Joy Of Desserts

    I agree, homemade brownies are worth the effort. Thank you for sharing this dessert recipe at Joy of Desserts.

  30. Dayhomemama

    I almost licked the monitor!!! I have to try this recipe!!!

  31. Julie

    Oh my, I think you're right! Can't wait to try this :)

    The Farm Girl

  32. Joyful Baker

    Yum! This is going on my dessert menu this week!

  33. Katie @ This Chick Cooks

    Oh my goodness. I'd say that died and gone to heaven is a perfect name. It looks amazing!

  34. Emily

    Hi! Thanks for linking up this week to Tasty Tuesday! Hope to see you back next week! http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/

  35. Allison {A Glimpse Inside}

    Ooooooo- Yummy! That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing and linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party.

  36. Ginger

    mmmmm.... Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  37. Chiara

    Oh, my mother in law will be so sad! She makes this as her "special" dessert and now I have the recipe too! Ha, ha!! I shared this recipe and post on my Friday Favorites today. Thank you for giving me the inside scoop on such yumminess! Have a great weekend!

  38. Jennifer

    Died and gone to heaven is right - this looks amazing! My mouth is watering just looking at it!!

    - Jenn @ Social Salutations

  39. The Answer Is Chocolate

    Wow this looks delicious. Pinning to my recipe board. This would be perfect for our next family gathering!

  40. Kim McCallie

    Yes, this is most definitely heavenly! I can tell you that this wouldn't last long if I took it to a family event. Delicious! Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.


  41. Erin

    Oh my gosh! Your name says it all. It sounds heavenly!!!

  42. Kindra

    Oooo, sounds so good. May have to try it using peanut butter cups on top! Visiting from Social Salutations.

  43. ladybehindthecurtain.com

    Thanks for linking up your recipes at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you come back tomorrow and share some more of your awesome recipes!Thanks,I hope to see you there!

  44. ryobious

    I wanted to thank you for linking up again on my Whisking Wednesday party and let you know your recipe was featured (again) for this week's link party. Hope to have you back! I have to say your recipes are just incredible and I'm working on making quite a few of them myself, including this one!http://pinchofthisthatandtheother.blogspot.com/2011/07/whisking-wednesdays-10.html

  45. Anne

    Looks heart-stoppingly good!

  46. Roz from 'la bella vita'

    I've got chocolate on my brain now after reading and re-reading your trifle recipe! Perfectly named! So many thanks for stopping by and sharing it last week on Fresh Food Friday. your talent is always welcome and I hope that you'll consider stopping by again this weekend (linky stays open until Monday) with another tempting sensation! Be well!

  47. Kim McCallie

    Hi! Just stopping by to let you know that your recipe tied for #2 on last week's Sweet Indulgences Sunday on A Well-Seasoned Life. Hope you'll stop by this week and share one of your recipes. http://www.wellseasonedlife.com/2011/07/sweet-indulgences-sunday-12.html

  48. Jenn Erickson

    Heavenly...indeed! Brownies, Heath bar and creamy, chocolaty decadence! Yum!Thank you so much for linking up to last week's "A Little Birdie Told Me...". My apologies for the belated vist -- with July 4 falling on a Monday, it threw my whole schedule off, and I'm just now making the rounds to visit the party-goers from that week. Best, Jenn

  49. Camille

    This seriously looks so good. I think that I am going to have to make this for our Sunday dessert tomorrow!! I love anything with big brownie chunks! :)

  50. Less Is More

    holy moly that looks GOOD! We are chocolate lovers and I'm going to have to try that one! Heavenly!

  51. Mele

    Made this here, in TAHITI, French Polynesia... and it was gone in no more than 5 minutes!!! Was awesome... now they keep asking for more!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  52. Denise

    I made this and it WAS HEAVENLY!!!! Thank you =)

  53. Anonymous

    My grandma has been making something like this for years and we call it Death by chocolate! Sooo good! Only we soak our brownies in Kaluha when they first come out of the oven!

  54. Bobbi

    May I use your pictures on Pinterest?Thank you!

  55. Kylie

    I make this with Reese's peanut butter cups- amazing!!!!

  56. Melissa

    This looks delish - just wondering though do you fold in the whole 14 oz can of condensed milk in with the cool whip or only a little bit? Making this for dessert this weekend. Thanks in advance for your response!

  57. Andy

    I know it by the name of Death by Chocolate. I add Kahlua to the brownies when they come out of the oven.
    Also instead of pudding I use 2 boxes of Moose. I know there is two flavor choices, maybe more. I also add the Heath or Skor pieces in between each layer. Brownies, Moose, Candy Pieces, Cool Whip, and repeat it.

    Great Dessert !

  58. kamme

    this is a copy of the original "DEATH BY CHOCOLATE, been around for years!!!

    1. Vicki

      Death By Chocolate is made exactly the same way, I agree with you!

  59. Vicki

    Where did your print button go?????? Don't you want us to print your recipes out and try them??????!!!!!!!!

    1. Chef in Training

      I apologize. My last print plug in is no longer available and I am working hard and fast to get another one installed. If you just copy and paste the recipe into a word doc, you can bypass printing the comments. Hoping to get this issue resolved asap. Thanks for your patience.

  60. Gail


    We make this for many occasions. It is frequently my niece's birthday cake request. We call it "Death by Chocolate" and add a little Kahlua to the Brownies (poking holes in the brownie so the Kahlua goes all the way through!) after baking. We also use about 8 heath bars and put half on each layer of cool whip. Heavenly is right!

  61. isra

    What can i use instead of choclate.pudding mix.plz ans on

  62. Kathy


    My family LOVES this recipe. Even my husband who is not a big chocolate fan loves this. So easy to put together. Thank you so much!

  63. Shba

    Sounds delicious and can't wait to try it. I don't think I've come across Heath candy bars. Is there another substitution?

    1. Chef in Training

      Skor Bars work great and taste very similar

  64. Ida Priest

    Going to fix this for my family dinner on Sunday.

  65. Linda


    Hi! I was just wondering if this recipe would be able to stay out of the refrigerator for a few hours? I'd like to make it for my office holiday party. thanks, Linda

  66. Caryn


    what size is this trifle bowl pictured? I made this and mine doesnt come to the top with an 8X9 trifle bowl

  67. Doreen Metts


    WOW! This was awesome and so delicious. It did taste like Snickers. My family at our Thanksgiving gathering really craved over it. I will definitely make it again. Thank you. I liked how the different layers looked on the sides of the bowl.