Chocolate Yum

Chocolate Yum

May 17, 2024

I love a good potluck dessert. You know, the ones made in a 9″ x 13″ pan that aren’t fancy or fussy, and that everyone loves. This is one of those desserts. It’s called Chocolate Yum for a reason.

You may know this as Chocolate Delight or Cream Cheese Delight, but when my friend deemed it Chocolate Yum, the name just stuck, a perfect description for this crowd-pleasing dessert.

Chocolate Yum - overhead

What is Chocolate Yum?

Chocolate Yum is a layered dessert with a buttery shortbread crust topped with a sweetened cream cheese layer, chocolate pudding, and whipped topping. It’s easy to make but requires time for each layer to set. It’s definitely not a last minute, whip it up in 5 minutes type of dessert.

It’s a perfect potluck dessert because it’s easy to transport, it feeds a lot, and everyone loves it. It’s not particularly Instagrammable and, as evidenced by the photos in this post, will not win any photo accolades. But don’t let that dissuade you (unless you really are looking for something pretty).

Chocolate Yum - multiple pieces


  • The recipe calls for chopped nuts in the shortbread crust. We have a nut allergy in the family so we substitute an equal amount of flour when making the crust.
  • Don’t like chocolate? What?? Believe it or not I know people who are not fond of chocolate. If that’s the case, substitute your favorite flavor of pudding – lemon, pistachio, etc.
  • This recipe is all about using, when possible, store-bought ingredients. But if you prefer, you could certainly use your favorite recipe for homemade chocolate pudding and substitute an equal amount of real whipped cream for the Cool Whip.
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Chocolate Yum - multiple pieces

Chocolate Yum

  • Author: She’s Almost Always Hungry
  • Total Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x


Also known as Chocolate Delight, the buttery shortbread crust is topped with sweetened cream cheese, chocolate pudding, and creamy whipped topping. It is an easy dessert, perfect for a potluck, and feeds a crowd.



For the crust

1½ cups flour

3 tablespoons powdered sugar

½ teaspoon salt (omit if using salted butter)

¾ cup unsalted butter

½ cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, etc.)

For the cream cheese layer

1 cup powdered sugar

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

2 8-ounce containers Cool Whip, thawed

For the pudding layer

2 packages instant chocolate pudding (enough to make 4 cups)

4 cups milk*

For garnish (optional)

Chocolate shavings

Finely chopped nuts


For the crust

Preheat oven to 425°F. Lightly coat a 9″ x 13″ pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or two butter knives until the mixture is crumbly. Add the nuts and mix well. Press lightly into the prepared baking pan.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Set aside to cool completely..

For the cream cheese layer

Beat together the powdered sugar and cream cheese until smooth.

Add 1 cup of Cool Whip and mix well. Spread on cooled crust and refrigerate for 2 hours or until set. The layer must be firm before adding the pudding layer.

For the pudding layer

Whip together the instant pudding mixes and milk until smooth and thick. Pour over the set cream cheese layer. Refrigerate for an hour until set.

To finish

Spread the remaining Cool Whip onto the pudding layer. Sprinkle with shaved chocolate and chopped nuts, optional.


*Amount will depend on the brand of instant pudding

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Inactive Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 236.57
  • Sugar: 16.68 g.
  • Sodium: 222.92 mg.
  • Fat: 13.04 g.
  • Saturated Fat: 7.15 g.
  • Carbohydrates: 26.91 g.
  • Fiber: 0.85 g.
  • Protein: 4.05 g.
  • Cholesterol: 32.69 mg.

Keywords: chocolate, cream cheese

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