This is one of my favorite desserts. It reminds me of my grandma. I am not sure what it is she used to make, but when I tasted this with vanilla pudding mixed with Cool Whip, it reminded me of something she used to make. We call this “Out of This World Pudding Delight” but I have come across similar recipes called Éclair Cake. To me, it tastes nothing like éclairs though.
To decorate this I added graham cracker crumbs to the top for dirt, leaving some of the chocolate glaze underneath uncovered for the path through the graveyard. I used some of the filling for the ghosts with mini m&m’s for eyes. The headstones are Pepperidge Farms Milano cookies, written on with icing. And there are some Oreo crumbs lining the path. You can decorate this any way you want, adding candy corn pumpkins or anything else you want.
Out of This World Pudding Delight
- 2 large boxes instant vanilla pudding (I only use Jell-O brand)
- 4 cups cold milk
- 12 oz. cool whip
- enough graham crackers for two layers of the pan
- 1 c. sugar
- 1/4 c. cocoa ( I like the Hershey’s Special Dark or Dutch Processed cocoa)
- ¼ c. evaporated milk
- ¼ c. butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla
Directions: Lay graham crackers in bottom of pan. Cut some so that it covers the bottom. Mix up the pudding mix and milk, then add the cool whip. Pour over the graham crackers and spread evenly. Place another layer of graham crackers on top of the pudding.
Make the glaze: in a small saucepan, mix the first 3 ingredients and bring to a boil. Boil for one minute. Don’t scrape the sides of the pan, but do stir continually. Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla. Pour glaze over the top and spread evenly. Chill for half a day.
P.S. Putting the headstones on is a little tricky. Its easier if the graham crackers have had some time to soften up a bit. You could also leave some little holes where you don’t put a graham cracker for the Milano's. I used a dollop of pudding mixture to help them stand up.