October 16, 2013

Halloween No-Bake Chocolate Eclair Dessert

Classic no-bake Chocolate Eclair Dessert is all dressed up for Halloween!

When it comes to Halloween, I have to admit I'm pretty low-key.  Halloween is just one holiday that I don't get into all that much.  I think it may have something to do with the fact that I broke my nose on Halloween when I was five years old falling down the stairs wearing my costume we'd made in Kindergarten class.  Hmmm, haven't been much of a fan of the holiday ever since.

So when my 2nd grade students ask me with super enthusiasm, "Mrs. Harrelson, what are you going to be for Halloween?" my response is always ...
... "I'm going to be Mrs. Harrelson!"

There's usually a pause.  And then they get it.

"Oh!  You're not dressing up?" they say.  

Nope.  I don't do dressing up.  

Well, except for maybe with food.

The hubby and I were grocery shopping last weekend, and we came upon the baked goods aisle ... all decked out with sweet treats decorated for Halloween.  Hubby made a few suggestions of Halloween things I should make for the blog ... and none of his initial suggestions were to my liking.

Then his thoughts turned to one of our family's favorite desserts ~ no-bake Chocolate Eclair Dessert.  "Hey, can you turn the pudding in Chocolate Eclair Dessert orange for Halloween?" he asked.

Great question!

To which I didn't have an answer. I'd never thought to turn pudding orange before.

So I gave it a try.  And you know what?  YES! ...  Yes, you can turn vanilla pudding orange for Halloween.

So, I took our regular no-bake Chocolate Eclair Dessert ...

... and blinged it out for Halloween!

Complete with orange-tinted vanilla pudding ...

 ... and chocolate graham crackers, for that more-Halloweeny look if you prefer {which I preferred} ...

... and orange candy melt drizzle.


 It looks good in it's Halloween garb, don't you think?

And let me just say, I have a whole lot more fun dressing up food than I do dressing up me!

So whether you go for the 'regular' graham cracker look ...

... or the chocolate graham cracker look, I think you'll certainly enjoy digging right in!

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Halloween No-Bake Chocolate Eclair Dessert
Source:  Adapted from No-Bake Chocolate Eclair Dessert
  • 2 (3.5 oz.) boxes vanilla instant pudding (I use sugar free)
  • 3 c. milk
  • 1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip non-dairy whipped topping
  • chocolate {or regular} graham crackers
  • 1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. butter (1 stick)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Decorative Drizzle (optional):
  • 1/4 c. orange colored vanilla-flavored candy melts
  • 1 tsp. shortening
  1. For the filling: Combine the milk and food coloring. Add the dry pudding to the milk; beat. Stir in Cool Whip.
  2. Place a layer of graham crackers in the bottom of a 9x13" dish. Spread 1/2 of the pudding mixture over the graham crackers. Repeat with another layer of graham crackers and pudding; then top with a final layer of graham crackers.
  3. For the topping: Bring cocoa, milk, and sugar to a full rolling boil (be sure it comes to a full rolling boil with bubbles all throughout the top, not just the sides of the mixture, or your topping won't set up!); boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool one minute. Add butter and vanilla; stir until butter is melted.
  4. Pour chocolate topping over the top layer of graham crackers.
  5. Refrigerate over night.
  6. For the decorative drizzle (optional):  Place orange candy melts and shortening in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Submerge in hot water until melted, kneading until smooth (or, microwave in 20 second intervals until melted, kneading after each interval).
  7. Snip a tiny hole in one corner of the bag and drizzle orange accents over the top of the dessert. Let stand until coating is firm.
* A can of chocolate frosting may be substituted for the homemade chocolate topping.  Melt frosting in the microwave and pour evenly over the top.  You may not need the entire can.


Enjoy these other Halloween treats from The Kitchen is My Playground:
Gingerbread Vampires

Super Easy Tootsie Pop Ghosts


  1. I have SO enjoyed catching up on the blog tonight...you have the most WONDERFUL recipes, stories, photos and I want to make everything! I am so, so sorry about the awful termites. They got around our door and wall at our entrance too. So sorry about the floor too. Miss you, friend! Fabulous as always!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Jen! I always love when you stop by!!

  2. Sometimes I think how awesome it would be if our neighborhoods did trick-or-treat dessert dine-ins instead of just candy pass-outs--I would most definitely serve up a dish of this! Spook-tacular :)

    1. Oh, that's a fabulous idea! That would be tons better than trick-or-treat.

  3. Yes, I like the dessert trick or treat idea too. It looks delicious and different from all the other Halloween desserts I've seen. I will be trying it out.


  4. All of your recipes you put on here look absolutely delicious and I love trick or treat ideas. I am waiting to share most of them with my granddaughter and daughter. Thanks for sharing and I will try this one out.

    1. You're so sweet, Jackie. Thank you so much for your kind words, and for reading The Kitchen is My Playground!

  5. Ummm....this looks deee-lish! Would love to have you link this up to our Super Saturday Link Party! It's live now!

  6. This is gorgeous! I don't like dressing up either and that makes my daughter soooo made at me!

  7. Fantastic! Really fantastic! Congratulations!
    If you want come and partecipe to mi Link Party La Domenica in Compagnia
    One kiss
    Nina di Fragola e Cannella

  8. What a great idea! Maybe you could even use the pumpkin spice instant pudding? Either way, it's lovely and inviting. Thanks a million for sharing at Weekend Potluck. Can't wait to see what you bring next time.

    1. Chocolate and pumpkin are such a great flavor combination ... I bet this would be wonderful with pumpkin spice instant pudding. Great idea, Marsha!!

  9. This dessert has me drooling! Thanks for linking to Less Laundry, More Linking party!

  10. Don't tell the other people who post on the simply healthy eats site, but I am definitely making this. It looks so decadently delicious.

  11. Hi, I used your lovely recipe on my no-bake roundup. I hope that is ok with you - I linked back to your post. Please let me know if that's ok :)


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