It’s officially pink-and-red season. The hearts, the Xs and Os…

The chocolate

Mini Peanut Butter Chocolate Trifles

I came across this recipe in a 2002 issue of Taste of Home, and it’s been a favorite ever since! I usually don’t go for any recipe involving a boxed mix (as in, I detest them), but this one uses several, and I have no complaints. It’s decadent, rich, and full of chocolatey, peanut buttery spoonfuls.

Mini Peanut Butter Chocolate Trifles

The original Taste of Home recipe is appropriately titled Sweetheart Trifle. Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I can’t imagine a better dish to prepare, no matter what your plans are

Romantic dinner with your sweetie pie? This will definitely end your meal on a sweet note.

Single ladies’ movie night with chick flicks and chocolate? Do I even need to explain why this fits the bill for that one? Pop in Sweet Home Alabama, shake up a big batch of puppy chow, and sink a spoon into one of these babies.

Mini Peanut Butter Chocolate Trifles

I don’t care if you’re 100% single, happily taken, or anywhere in between. You’re allowed to celebrate no matter what your Facebook status!

If “it’s complicated,” go ahead and have two.

Or, alternatively, make two full-sized trifles instead. If you eat straight from the 4-quart bowl with a spoon, I won’t tell. It’s a holiday.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Sweetheart Trifle

I picked up my mini trifle dishes in a set of four at Home Goods about a year ago. Crate and Barrel and Bed, Bath and Beyond also sell them, and sometimes Wal-Mart carries a few in stores, too.

If you don’t have trifle bowls of any size, you can easily layer this dessert into glasses, a large clear bowl, or any old container you have. I like serving them in the cute miniature sizes, but there’s no need to take up more space in your kitchen if you already have something else that works just as well.

Mini Peanut Butter Chocolate Trifles

If you have copious amounts of spare time, you could make your own cake, pudding, and whipped cream from scratch and it would undoubtedly taste amazing. And you’re my hero. But I think this shortcut dessert tastes pretty incredible as is, and it delivers an impressive presentation to boot!

Treat your loved ones with some chocolate peanut butter goodness this Valentine’s Day, and don’t forget to treat yourself! You deserve it!

Mini Peanut Butter Chocolate Trifles

Mini Peanut Butter Chocolate Trifles

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 26 mini trifles or 2 regular trifles

Serving Size: 1 mini trifle or 1/13th of a full-sized trifle

Mini Peanut Butter Chocolate Trifles


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix, prepared according to package directions and cooled
  • 2 packages (10 oz. each) peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 8 1/2 cups cold milk, DIVIDED
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 packages (5.9 oz. each) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 24 oz. Cool Whip Free, thawed
  • 8 Nestle Crunch bars (1.55 oz. each) OR 26 fun-sized Crunch bars, chopped finely


  1. Crumble cooled cake into small pieces and set aside.
  2. In a heavy saucepan, melt peanut butter chips, cream, and 1/2 cup milk over low heat until smooth, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Let cool to room temperature.
  3. In a large bowl, beat pudding mixes with remaining 8 cups milk for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  4. To assemble trifles, layer cake crumbs with peanut butter sauce, chocolate pudding, Cool Whip and crushed Crunch bars into 8-ounce mini trifle bowls.
  5. Alternatively, layer ingredients in the same order, repeating twice, in two regular 4-quart trifle bowls.
  6. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. Cover trifles with plastic wrap and keep refrigerated when not in use. Chill for up to one week.

Nutritional Info:

Calories: 463.8
Total Fat: 21.3 g
Cholesterol: 39.6 mg
Sodium: 478.7 mg
Total Carbs: 59.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.4 g
Protein: 9.1 g

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Comments (2)

February 14, 2014

Sometimes I think shortcuts are allowed, though its strange cake box mixes are really not a thing in the UK, you can get them in the larger supermarkets but its rare for people to buy them. I really must try one one day just to see what they taste like. I love this as its peanut butter so I would be stealing my partners away from him to eat them both….. :D

February 15, 2014

Personally, I think homemade cake is much better, so you’re really not missing much! :) That’s interesting that it’s not readily available in the UK. This recipe tastes even better with homemade cake, though–that’s my favorite!

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