Punch Bowl Surprise

With all of us home for spring break and tons of time on our hands, I've been happily creating in the kitchen!  Yesterday, I made this yummy version of Death By Chocolate, aka Punch Bowl Surprise.  It's a surprise because sometimes I use chocolate cake, sometimes brownies, sometimes I buy Buncha Crunch and other times Heath Candy, and sometimes I flavor the top layer of whipped cream with chocolate syrup, other times I use a chocolate-caramel combo.  I've even used a drop of almond extract before.  
I like to keep my family guessing.  

Just how do I make this? you ask.  Bake chocolate cake or brownies, then cut into pieces when cooled.  Divide in half; that's your first layer and your fourth layer.  On top of the first layer, put some Buncha Crunch or Heath bits.  (Fresh strawberries or raspberries work, too, if you want to make it healthier!)  Then spread a layer of chocolate pudding followed by a layer of whipped cream. Repeat and refrigerate. It's that easy. Oh, and what's not so surprising about Punch Bowl Surprise is how quickly we can make this decadence disappear.

Today I'm heading for Austin to take our college girl back for the rest of her freshman year.  How is that possible?  It's been such a treat to have her home this week; how abundantly blessed we are.


  1. Wow...my family would LOVE that punch bowl surprise! Thanks for the idea! I will think of you driving to Austin today!

  2. Looks yummy! Therefore I cannot make it! I would devour the whole thing! :-)

    First Grade Delight

  3. Hello Barbara-Dear:
    I'm so thrilled that you had such fun with your daughter... and soon it will be summer!

    AND I am drooling reading those ingredients (No thanks to the berries). I don't know what Buncha Crunch is, but I LOVE Heath Bar items.

    Oh my, I just re-read and found chocolate syrup. I have to leave this post quickly or I will be trying to pretend there is a scratch-and-sniff sticker on the screen.

    MMMMMmmmmmmm. Yummy-looking!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade


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