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Chocolate Candy Cane Trifle

janezapchef

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Hi all,
I have to share the trifle I made yesterday. I wanted to make something for an event I was doing that was similar to the candy cane pie sold by Market Day and Baker's Square. I really wanted to figure out how to make it into a trifle. I couldn't really figure it out, but what I did come up with was really yummy! One of my friends could only respond with "O-M-G!!!!"

Here's what I did.
I baked a brownie mix (with added chocolate chips) in the medium bar pan; cooled and cut into bite-sized pieces.
I made chocolate pudding from the instant mix then whisked in some of the Chocolate Peppermint sauce until it tasted minty enough for my liking.
I bought "Candy Cane Coal" from Trader Joe's, which is basically crushed up candy canes dipped in dark chocolate. It's not bark but actual tiny pieces of candy cane dipped in chocolate.
I layered the brownie, pudding, candy cane coal and Cool Whip.
Oh wow! It was really good!

Someone said it would probably be very good if you did it the same way but used crushed candy canes instead of the chocolate dipped stuff, or even crushed up peppermint bark would work. I think the key is stirring in the chocolate peppermint sauce.

This is definitely a keeper recipe for me! And, it's likely going to make its way to a holiday party or two!
Hope you can use it!
~Jane :)
 

chellb1234

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do you have a picture? sounds yummy
 

wcsis

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I imagine crushed candy cane pieces would lend a great deal of color to all that brown chocolate in the layers. It sounds wonderful! I love the trifle bowl!
 

chefheidi2003

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Well..I think you just helped me decide what to take to my family Christmas party on Saturday. I signed up for a dessert..and after seeing the list of what everyone else was bringing I decided it would NOT BE PUMPKIN..too much of that already.
 

nikked

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I can totally see doing this, but putting those small candy canes standing up on around the edges to make it colorful and pretty....and I always prefer to make a mousse type mixture instead of traditional pudding (make the pudding with half the milk, then add 1 eight ounce tub of cool whip (or equivalent fresh) and fold in [per regular size pudding package])...makes a really light, airy texture and is so good! Thanks for the ideas!
 
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Sounds so yummy!! Can't wait to make it. I saw the candy cane coal at Trader Joes yesterday and thought it sounded awesome. Now I definitely have to get it :)
 

chefheidi2003

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OK..i just reread this and realized that I missed where it says about PC Chocolate Peppermint Sauce..I don't have any. I do have Peppermint flavor though..do you think I could mix that with Chocolate Fudge Sauce from the store. Will not be demoing this.
 

janezapchef

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OK..i just reread this and realized that I missed where it says about PC Chocolate Pe ppermint Sauce..I don't have any. I do have Peppermint flavor though..do you think I could mix that with Chocolate Fudge Sauce from the store. Will not be demoing this.

Yep, I think it would work this way too! It would be a pretty good and easy demo, even if you don't use our sauce. It would show quite a bit, especially if you chop candy canes with the chopper. You could suggest that they could make it with our sauce too.
 

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I have a party booked for Dec 17th at my house for a friend. We were going to to Loaded Baked Potato Chowder and a lava cake, now I'm thinking I might switch to this trifle on her. I'm picking up the food so it's my choice...
 

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Thanks for sharing this! I have a group Christmas Party next week....if we (the committee) decide to have desserts, vs Christmas Cookie Exchange, then I'll make this! I have the sauce in my fridge, and it's more than I can consume alone (no one else will eat it in my family).

Great way to finish the jar! And sounds delish. I will likely used broken candy cane pieces myself also. I think I can even by them in the baking section for this season vs smashing up candy canes! :D K.I.S.S.!!
 

chefsara

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Thanks for this recipe! I am doing a Christmas Dessert show this weekend and this sounds wonderful and quick! Just what we all need this busy season. Will give it a try!:chef:
 

chefheidi2003

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I just wanted to say that I made this for a family Christmas party today. Since I don't have a Trader Joe's near me I was going to just use crushed up candy canes..but..I was concerned about choking. So I found Andes makes a White Chocolate Peppermint candy. It was so good. I got so many compliments.
 

scottcooks

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You could use Andes peppermint candies if you are out of PC choco peppermint sauce. They come in several colors this year.
 

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