My hubby happens to be the only member of his family who has a birthday in a month other than June. This year, by weird coincidence, the sum of the ages of his parents and brothers equaled exactly 200 years.
So of course, they threw a bi-centennial birthday party!
Even though my husband’s 33 years threw off the number, they let him celebrate too. Quite nice of them, don’cha think? 🙂
Dozens of family members and old friends showed up at the TX coast to sit under the spindly legs of his family’s pink beach home. We ate tacos, compared patriotic pedicures, and spit watermelon seeds while the nieces and nephews spent their Popsicle-induced sugar highs in the surf.
In honor of the occasion, I tried out a new Chocolate Trifle recipe I’d begged from a co-worker after she made it for an office potluck. (Thanks, Allison!) I loved it because it was decadent and chocolate-y enough for my chocolate loving self, but not overly heavy thanks to the whipped topping she used. And with only five ingredients, it was super easy!
- 1 box brownie mix (I used a gluten free mix so that hubby could have some too)
- 1 3.9oz box instant chocolate pudding
- 1 12-oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 c. water
- 2 containers of whipped cream topping (one 8-oz, the other 12-oz)
- candy of your choice (I used Heath Bar)
- Prep brownies by box directions. Let cool, and then cut into small squares. Divide the brownies in half.
- Line the bottom of a large bowl with 1/2 the brownie pieces.
- In a separate bowl, combine chocolate pudding, 1/2 c water, and 12 oz sweetened condensed milk. Graduate fold in the 8 oz container of whipped cream topping.
- Layer the pudding and whipped cream mix over the brownie layer in the bowl (reserving at least half of the mix for later).
- On top of the brownies and pudding, make a layer of whipped topping (use about 1/2 of the 12 oz container).
- Sprinkle half of the candy over the whipped topping.
- Place another layer of brownies in the bowl. (Are you catching the pattern? LAYERS.)
- Use remaining pudding over the new brownie layer.
- Use the remaining whipped cream over the new pudding layer.
- Top with the rest of the candy.
- Chill until ready to serve!