Four Layer Delight

When I think about the desserts that my mother made, I always think about the Four Layer Delight.  This dessert was probably one of her favorites to make for her grandchildren, (my niece & nephew), when they were young.  On top of the dessert,  there is grated Hershey chocolate bar.  Mom always put an extra large amount of candy on top,  which of course beckoned us all to pick off pieces as the dessert was chilling in the refrigerator.  On MANY occasions, you could hear her fussing as my sister and I picked off chocolate, however when her sweet little granddaughter picked at it, not only was she was “not” reprimanded, but she was actually encouraged!   I can almost hear those words, “Here, take some more sweetie.  I put on extra chocolate just for you”!

Page0045 (2)Mom passed away three years ago.  It’s funny how certain foods that she often made, the smell of her perfume (Chantilly), or certain phrases that she always said, can bring me right back to her and to her kitchen.  Mom loved to cook for those she loved which is something that she handed down to me and to my sister.  Mom enjoyed fixing everyone’s favorite meal when they came to visit.  For me, it was fried chicken & potato salad.  For my sister’s family, it was chicken & dumplings and for dessert some type of creamed pie (chocolate or coconut cream) or this Four Layer Delight!

I hope that this blog will serve as a sort of diary of favorite family recipes that will be carried on for generations to come.  Tastes and smells from the past can serve to remind us of people we’ve loved and the sweet memories of our past.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter, melted
  • 1 large carton Cool Whip
  • 1 small carton Cool Whip
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 small packages chocolate instant pudding
  • Chocolate candy bar, grated



Combine flour, nuts, and margarine.

Put into a 9×13 inch baking dish

Bake at 350 °F for 15 minutes.  Cool.

Beat cream cheese until smooth.

Add powdered sugar and then large Cool Whip.

Layer this on top of cooled crust.

Mix pudding according to package directions.

Layer pudding on top of cream cheese layer.

Spread small Cool Whip on top of pudding.

Sprinkle grated chocolate bar on top of Cool Whip layer.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.




  1. Jill Burcham says:

    This made me smile this morning! Your’re right! I was always able to get away with ANYTHING with her. I miss her so much! I may have to make this sometime soon. Thanks for posting!

  2. Susan Davidson Allen says:

    You are so right about this recipe bringing back memories of moms! My mom made it, too, but she topped it with real whipped cream she had stabilized with half a packet of dissolved unflavored gelatin. It was such a good dessert!

    • Kim says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I strive to make those same fond kitchen memories for my own children.

  3. Kathy White says:

    We made this, using a trifle dish so the layers show, with the lemon pudding, added coconut and bananas at times too. You can add anything too this…. It is so good

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