Chocolate Delight Dessert With Variations

Chocolate Delight Layered Pudding Dessert

Diana Rattray


  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Servings: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
442 Calories
27g Fat
45g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 442
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 15g 77%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 310mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 192mg 15%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 270mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The perfect dessert for a potluck dinner or party, this layered chocolate delight lives up to its name, and it's always a hit. The chocolate delight dessert is made with a graham cracker crust that's layered with chocolate pudding, sweetened cream cheese, whipped topping, and sprinkled with chopped walnuts or pecans if you like. 

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.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for chocolate delight dessert
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  2. Heat the oven to 350 F/180 C/Gas Mark 4.

    Heat the oven
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  3. In a bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, and the melted butter. Press into the bottom of a 9 x 13 x 2-inch pan.

    Graham cracker crust in the pan
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  4. Bake for 10 minutes.

  5. Cool completely before assembling the layers.

  6. Beat the softened cream cheese with the confectioners' sugar until smooth. Stir in half of the whipped topping until well blended. 

    Whipped sugar and cream cheese
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  7. Spread the mixture over the cooled crust.

    Cream cheese layered over graham cracker
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  8. Beat the pudding with the cold milk as directed on the package (using only 3 cups of milk).

  9. Spread the pudding over the cream cheese layer.

    Chocolate pudding layer
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  10. Top the dessert with the remaining whipped topping and spread to cover completely.

    Whipped topping layer
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  11. If desired, sprinkle with chopped pecans or walnuts.

    Nut topping
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  12. Chill thoroughly before serving.

    Chocolate delight dessert
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  13. Enjoy.

Recipe 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 into the baking pan and bake at 350 F (180 C/Gas Mark 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 into the baking pan. Bake at 350 F (180 C/Gas Mark 4) for about 20 minutes, or until set and lightly browned. Cool completely and proceed with the recipe.
  • Shortbread Cookie Crust: Replace the graham cracker crumbs with 2 cups of finely crushed Sandies or Pecan Sandies.
  • Vanilla Wafer Crust: Replace the graham cracker crumbs with 2 cups of finely crushed vanilla wafers.
  • 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 of 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.
  • Cookies and Cream Delight: Use 1 package of instant chocolate pudding mix and 1 package of instant cookies and cream pudding. Or use white chocolate pudding and sprinkle 1 cup of crumbled Oreo cookies between the first whipped topping layer and the pudding layer.