No Bake Chocolate Eclair Taste-A-Like
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- Ready In:
- 6 7⁄8 ounces French vanilla instant pudding (2 small boxes)
- 3 cups milk
- 10 ounces Cool Whip
- 1 (14 ounce) box graham crackers
- 1 (16 ounce) can chocolate fudge frosting
- Place a layer of WHOLE graham crackers in bottom of 9x13 inch pan so no portion of bottom of pan is showing.
- In bowl mix pudding and milk. Stir in Cool Whip.
- Layer 1/2 pudding mix on top of graham crackers. Add another layer of WHOLE crackers. Add remaining portion of pudding mix on top. Add a final top layer of crackers.
- Take off seal and lid of frosting and microwave for about 45 seconds, until runny. Pour frosting over entire mixture and refrigerate overnight.
- Eat! Yummy!
I have been making this for years and everyone who eats it loves it. It is my 14 year olds favorite birthday cake. The only difference in my recipe vs. this one is that I make the chocolate topping from scratch. It is very easy and I always have the ingredients on hand. I take 3 Tablespoons of butter and melt them in a pan add 1/4 C cocoa, mixing well over low heat. Then I add 1 1/2 Cups powdered sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 3 Tablespoons milk, and 2 teaspoons light syrup; blend well until combined. Frost the cake and refrigerate overnight. It makes the perfect amount of frosting, no leftovers. Also, make sure you get French vanilla pudding because regular just doesn't taste as good. (I made that mistake once!)
This type of dessert is always a big hit at the various functions I take it to. In fact, I made one today to take to our church's Homecoming tomorrow. It is helpful to let your cool whip get a little soft before trying to mix into the pudding. Otherwise you will have to work at getting the lumps out. Also, if you don't have enough time to let it sit overnight, you can dip your graham crackers in milk before layering them. This will help them soften quicker.
Really good! Just make sure you FOLD in the Cool Whip. I made it the first time and it turned out great. It took overnight for the crackers to soften and for it to taste eclair-like. The second time I made it, I was distracted and on the phone, and I did not fold in the Cool Whip, I stirred. Big mistake! It broke down the cool whip and made it kind of runny. Not terrible, but definitely not as good as the first time. More like banana pudding consistency. I also think it's a good idea to let the pudding set for a few minutes. I noticed I did not do that the second time either. Other than that... it was SO good! My husband hates pudding so I ended up eating it all myself (took me a few days lol). I didn't really think it would taste like an eclair, and even after I made it, and waited a few hours I tasted it and wasn't convinced. But after it set overnight it was perfect!
I love to cook and bake and spend many hours in the kitchen on the weekends. It was a huge surprise to me that I would like this recipe so very much. I cannot believe how easy and inexpensive it is to make. The raves I get off of this dessert are every bit the same as what I receive when I spend 5 hours baking a dessert.
This is a wonderful, easy recipe, and the kids loved putting it together. We used light versions of almost everything (pudding, milk, cool whip, and frosting) and it came out great. This is a great way to feed a craving without using up a whole day's worth of calories. Thanks a million, Quest4ZBest!
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