16 Jun Brownie, Pudding & Milky Way Mousse Trifle {In a Mason Jar}

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I am 100% on the mason jar bandwagon. Take something average and put it in a mason jar…instant cuteness upgrade. Recently, Ball even reissued their vintage blue jars to celebrate their 100th anniversary. I think I paid more in shipping than I did for the actual jars, but I had to have them. If you’re as obsessed as I am, you can order them here.

Make these Brownie, Pudding & Milky Way Mousse Trifles ahead of time for a picnic or take them to your next potluck. They look gorgeous, they travel well, and who doesn’t love a dessert in a mason jar? Your friends will be impressed.

Brownie, Pudding & Milky Way Mousse Trifle {In a Mason Jar} // butterlustblog.com

When it comes to mason jar desserts, there are bagillions of combinations you could go for. Not a chocolate fan? Check out more ideas on my Pinterest board.

I opted for chocolate overload.  It’s Father’s Day weekend and if there is one thing Greg loves, it’s chocolate. Chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, chocolate chip cookies (preferably Chip Ahoys). As he likes to say, he’s a “purist”. He likes his food simple. These trifles are probably way too fancy for his taste but a girl can only bake so many chocolate on chocolate cakes. I want to go a little over the top once in a while. And these trifles are definitely that. Chewy brownies topped with homemade chocolate pudding and a milky way mousse to finish it off. No calories at all in this one. 😉

Brownie, Pudding & Milky Way Mousse Trifle {In a Mason Jar} // butterlustblog.com

Brownie, Pudding & Milky Way Mousse Trifle {In a Mason Jar} // butterlustblog.com


Yes, I used boxed brownie mix for this recipe. I’ve made scratch brownies before but I’m hopelessly attached to Betty Crocker Original Supreme brownie mix. You know, the kind that comes with a pack of Hershey’s Syrup in the box? They were a staple in my house growing up, and nostalgia always wins. Sorry, Martha. Blame it on my kitchen-challenged mother.

Aaaand let’s be honest, instant pudding was also a common occurence, but I’m not quite as attached. When I was looking for a scratch pudding recipe, I wanted something that was easy and wasn’t too rich – kind of like the stuff from a box, only homemade. I found this recipe from Smitten Kitchen and it’s PERFECT. It is a little less sweet than instant pudding so it compliments the brownies and Milky Way mousse nicely, without sending you into a diabetic coma.

Feel free to use instant pudding and/or your favorite brownie mix recipe. For the brownies, you’ll just need to make to adjust the oven temperature and cooking time for the mason jars. I reduced the cooking temperature from 350 to 325 and cut about 10 minutes off the cook time.

Getcha some!

Brownie, Pudding & Milky Way Mousse Trifle {In a Mason Jar}

Makes: 8 jars


    For the brownies:
  • 1 box brownie mix plus the ingredients called for on the box
  • For the pudding:
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 cups milk
  • 6 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • For the Milky Way Mousse:
  • 1 Milky Way bar (2.05 oz), chopped
  • 1 cup plus 1 1/2 tbs heavy whipping cream
  • 1oz bar of chocolate, for garnish (optional)


    For the brownies:
  • Grease 8 mason jars and place on cookie sheet.
  • Prepare the brownie batter based on the package instructions.
  • Pour 1/4 cup of batter into each mason jar.
  • Bake at 325 for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out almost clean.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool.
  • For the pudding:
  • In the bowl of a double boiler, combine the cornstarch, sugar and salt.
  • Whisk in the milk and use a spatula to scrape down the bowl and incorporate dry ingredients.
  • Place over gently simmering water and stir occasionally, scraping the bottom and sides as needed. Cook for 15-20 minutes.
  • When the mixture begins to thicken and coats the back of the spoon, stir in the the chocolate.
  • Continue stirring for about 2 to 4 minutes, or until the pudding is smooth and thickened.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  • If you have lumps in your pudding, run it through a mesh strainer.
  • Transfer pudding to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. I don't like skin on my pudding so I put the plastic wrap on the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming as it cools.
  • Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  • For the Milky Way Mousse:
  • In a small sauce pan, combine Milky Way and 1 1/2 tbsp whipping cream. Stir until melted.
  • Place melted mixture in the refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes.
  • In a stand mixer with whisk attachment, beat 1 cup of whipping cream with the cooled milky way mixture until fluffy, about 1 minute.
  • Assembly:
  • After the brownies have cooled, wipe away any excess batter with a damp paper towel.
  • Spoon about 1/2 cup of pudding on top of the brownie layer of each jar.
  • Fit a pastry bag with a large round pastry tip and fill bag with Milky Way Mousse. Pipe mousse into jars, on top of the pudding layer.
  • Use a vegetable peeler to create chocolate shavings and sprinkle on for garnish.

Milky Way Mousse Recipe from: Culinary Concoctions By Peabody

  • Maegan @ The BakerMama
    Posted at 22:54h, 16 June Reply

    My kind of dessert! Brownies, pudding and mouse all in a cute little jar! Perfection!

    • Maegan @ The BakerMama
      Posted at 22:55h, 16 June Reply

      Mousse not mouse! Haha!

  • Sarah
    Posted at 20:54h, 17 June Reply

    This… Looks… So sinfully good. Brb i’m off to go make this!
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  • isabella
    Posted at 14:15h, 07 December Reply

    Hi! I’m planning to make this as a Christmas gift per family and was wondering if it could be refrigerated? Will it melt if I just leave it out? Sorry if this is a stupid question, I don’t bake very often!

    • KWahlman
      Posted at 17:01h, 07 December Reply

      Hi Isabella – not a stupid question at all! Yes, I would recommend refrigerating the jars prior to eating. Not only because of the dairy content, but also because I love cold pudding! If you leave them out they will no melt, but I would not let them sit out for too long because of the milk and cream. Thanks for reading!

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