Chocolate Creme Trifle

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My husband is a history teacher and we are both really into history.  I love hearing about how life was like and what kind of food people ate during historical times.  We live pretty close to Gettysburg and like to visit to see how life was like during the Civil War.  I find it really fascinating to see the changes in our culture and how we have advanced as a society.
When I was contacted by American Heritage Chocolate to try some of their products, I was really excited. American Heritage Chocolate was created by Mars Chocolate North America.   American Heritage Chocolate is an authentic historic recipe for chocolate that is made with ingredients that were only available in the 1750’s.  Due to this the chocolate has a one of a kind flavor that is mildly spicy and slightly sweet.  It is more similar to chocolates in the 1750’s and tastes different than the chocolate that is available today.  I liked the taste of the American Heritage Chocolate, it has a unique flavor and is not as sweet as the chocolate I am used to.
Check out American Heritage Chocolate’s interactive timeline of the history of chocolate in America:  I had no idea that chocolate had been a drink for thousands of years and that chocolate was sold in Benjamin Franklin’s shop.  The history timeline is really interesting.  The American Heritage Chocolate would be a great addition to any holiday dessert.
When I thought about what I wanted to make with the American Heritage chocolate, I wanted to stay somewhat true to history.  I looked up 18th Century dessert recipes and found a recipe for Chocolate Cream from the History is Served website for Colonial Williamsburg.  The Chocolate Creme sounded really delicious and I thought it would be great in a recipe.  I thought it was interesting that the chocolate creme was usually just eaten right after cooking and was almost like a drink.
As I was looking for recipes I also found a cookbook from the 18th Century: American Cookery.  I thought that it was so interesting to look at what foods would be included in an 18th Century cookbook.  I saw that they had a recipe for trifle in the cookbook and that gave me the idea to use the Chocolate Creme to make a trifle.
 Here is the recipe for trifle from American Cookery: “Fill a dish with biscuit finely broken, rusk, and spiced cake, wet with wine, then pour a good boil’d custard, (not too thick) over the rusk,and put a syllabub over that; garnish with jelly and flowers.”  From the cookbook, a syllabub seems to be whipped cream or some kind of cream.  I also saw that the cookbook included a recipe for pound cake.  Since I knew that pound cake, chocolate cream, and whipped cream were all around in the 18th Century, I decided to make a trifle using those ingredients.  Even though this is a little different than the trifle that they would have eaten in the 18th Century, I liked that this was a modern trifle with 18th Century inspiration.
This Chocolate Creme Trifle was so good.  I made individual trifles and a bigger trifle.  This starts off with a layer of pound cake, then a layer of the Chocolate Creme, using American Heritage Chocolate, then a layer of whipped cream on top. The American Heritage Chocolate gave a great and unique taste to the Chocolate Creme.  I think this tasted great with the pound cake and whipped cream.
You can make this as 6-8 individual trifles or double the recipe and make a bigger trifle.  I decided to make the recipe easier and use ready made pound cake and whipped cream, but you can definitely use your own.  If you want this recipe to be more authenticate you can even use the recipes from American Cookery.
This trifle would be a great dessert for the holidays.  I cannot wait to make this for my family for Christmas dessert. I also like the individual portions, so that everyone can have their.  I hope you try this great and 18th Century inspired recipe.


Chocolate Creme Trifle

Chocolate Creme Trifle


  • 1/2 cup American Heritage Chocolate, finely grated
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 pound cake, cut into cubes
  • Whipped cream (make your own or use 8 ounces containers)


  1. Combine the chocolate and heavy cream in a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat and slowly bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring continuously. When simmering, add the sugar and stir to combine.
  2. Add the eggs by tempering them. In a small bowl whisk the egg yolks together until well combined. Whisk one tablespoon of the hot cream mixture into the eggs mixture. Slowly mix three more tablespoons into the egg yolks, mixing in each tablespoon at a time. Then add the egg mixture into the cream mixture and boil the mixture for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Take the cream off the heat and let cool. It can be eaten plain right away but for the trifle, once it is cooled, refrigerate the cream for at least an hour or until thickened.
  4. To make individual trifles, place about 10 pieces of pound cake in the bottom, then place a layer of chocolate cream on top of the pound cake and a layer of whipped cream on top. This makes 6-8 individual trifles. If desired, top with grated chocolate.
  5. To make a bigger trifle, double the recipe. Then place one cubed pound cake in the bottom of the trifle dish. Then place half of the chocolate cream on top, and one whipped cream container on top of that. Repeat with additional layers. If desired, top with grated chocolate.

(Recipe from History is Served)

American Heritage Chocolate is an authentic historic recipe used in chocolate history demonstrations and is available for sale at over 130 living history museums and sites across the United States and Canada.  Please see American Heritage Chocolate for more information. 


  1. Looks GREAT Alyssa! My family would really like this! So interesting about the American Heritage Chocolate! Can’t wait to check them out!

  2. Alyssa I LOVE this – it ties perfectly into a book I am reading and just loving the history involved. Looks amazing!! Pinned!

  3. Wow- this looks so good! Of course, I love anything chocolate, lol! 😉
    And how cool was it to do all the historical research for this recipe? You know, in a past life I was an American History teacher….

  4. How cool! Now I want to try chocolate from the 1700s! And I love how you used an ‘old’ recipe idea to compliment the chocolate! Pinning!