Make a chocolate lover’s dream come true with these Three Layer Chocolate Fantasy Bars!
Special occasions call for special desserts and these 3 layer chocolate fantasy bars definitely fit into that category. They are as chocolatey as you can get – even the pudding layer is made using chocolate milk, and the decadence of the first bite will have you deeming it worthy of a restaurant’s signature dessert. I’m excited to share this recipe with you today!
If you want to jump right to the recipe tutorial, scroll down until you see the ingredient photo or scroll down to the bottom of this post for a printable recipe card. If you have time to visit a bit, keep reading. 🙂
This past weekend was my mother’s birthday and so we upheld our longstanding tradition of going out of town for the day (sometimes weekend). I drove us to Nashville for the day and we tottered around, shopping at McKay’s Book Store, JoAnn’s , and then we hit Wal Mart and Sam’s. In between we had lunch and stopped for a bite of supper in Pulaski, TN on the way home. All in all it was a pretty low key day but we had a good time getting to hang around with one another and we were far enough away that we were able to do whatever we liked without interruptions.
Ricky and I have started doing something similar for our birthdays, too. Instead of gifts, we want an experience. Whether it is a drive in the country, a weekend away, or just cups of coffee on the back porch – experiences with one another prove time and again to be greater gifts.
But man, we get so busy with all the trappings of life that we actually forget to slow down and give one another those gifts. It’s good that we have special days like birthdays and anniversaries to remind us to do just that – but we also have special days like Wednesdays and Thursdays and Fridays, too. Now my heart is rambling on to the little ways I can give that gift to my family today, so I’ll stop here and let your own heart start making its plans to do the same.
Maybe it will tie in with these bars. 🙂
To make these, you’ll need: 1 box of your favorite chocolate cake mix, 2 eggs, butter, chocolate milk, instant chocolate pudding mix, whipping cream, and semi sweet chocolate chips.
As always, the recipe is in printable format at the bottom of this post.
In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs and melted butter; stir by hand until well combined and spread into greased 9×13 dish.
Bake this at 375 for about 15-20 minutes, or until set.
Allow to cool completely.
Place pudding mix and chocolate milk in a bowl and beat with a wire whisk until thickened. Spread that over cooled cake layer.
Make your magical ganache layer by placing chocolate chips and heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl and microwaving at 30 second intervals, stirring after each, until smooth and well combined. Spread this on top of pudding layer. It will be easer to spread than you think!
Cover and refrigerate until chilled through, about two hours. Then, cut into bars and enjoy.
You are simply not going to believe how good these are!
- Chocolate Pudding Bars
- 12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
- ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 box chocolate cake mix (any variety)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 stick butter – melted
- 2 cups chocolate whole milk
- 3.4 oz package chocolate fudge instant pudding mix
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare a 9x13-baking pan with non-stick spray.
- In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs and melted butter; stir by hand until well combined. Spread into the prepared baking pan and bake for 20 minutes, or until set. Remove cake from oven and allow to cool for about an hour.
- Once the cake has cooled, place the pudding mix and chocolate milk in a bowl and beat by hand with a wire whisk until thickened. You can also put this in a quart mason jar and just shake the mess out of it for a minute or two.
- Spread pudding over cooled cake.
- Place chocolate chips and heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring after each, until melted and well blended into a rich chocolate sauce. Spread ganache over pudding layer.
- Chill for at least 2 hours. Cut into bars and serve.
You may also love my Coca Cola Pie recipe, a deeply chocolate pie topped with ganache. Yum