Monday, February 16, 2009

Death By Chocolate (Bennigan's)

I first heard about this dessert from online friends long before I lived near a Bennigan's restaurant. When we were assigned in San Antonio, Mike and I would often drop by Bennigan's for this dessert. Imagine my surprise to hear that the restaurant has gone bankrupt. I began to search for the "official" recipe when Nolan asked for it for his birthday. We had attempted to make this at home before with varying degrees of success. Mike and I pooled what we'd learned. We are happy with these results.

I'm in a quandary about how to post this.....The recipe is from the Bennigan's cookbook - but some of the ingredients are things we couldn't easily find in town (fudge packs, ice cream cone dip), and the amount of ingredients in the recipe didn't add here is the link to the recipe on line and below is what we actually did. Jared and Arielle pulled this off while we birthday shopped.

Gather Ingredients



1/2 gal Rocky Road Ice Cream

1/2 gal Dutch Chocolate Ice Cream

6 oz Hot Fudge (we used Smuckers)

Twix Candy bars (3 C chopped)

Magic Shell (couple bottles - we used whichever one it is that has pure vanilla and no preservatives)

6 oz Fudge Covered Graham Crackers (we used HEB cookies, Keeblers would work)

4 oz Newman O's (Famous Chocolate Wafers/Oreos)

1/3 C Butter


Chop Twix bars.

Make Crust Mixture (below - I'd double what they say).

Let Ice Cream soften for 15 min.

Line big Pyrex bowl with plastic wrap!

Use 1/2 - 2/3 of crust mixture to line Pyrex bowl.

Layer into bowl in following order:

1 C Rocky Road

1 C Dutch Chocolate

1/4 C Hot Fudge

1/2 C diced Twix

Repeat until all ice cream is used or bowl is full.

Cover with plastic wrap, use your hands to press down firmly to push out all air pockets.

Place bowl in freezer for 30 minutes.

When ice cream is firm, remove plastic wrap, cover with fudge and hard shell, top with remaining crust mixture, press to form an even layer.

Cover with plastic wrap. Freeze for 12 hours.

{In the original you now slice the cake, dip each slice in cone dip and crust.... we found the above easier}

Invert bowl on platter.


Let sit until you can remove the ice cream/crust - this is where having lined the bowl in plastic wrap pays off BIG TIME. We tried it years ago with no wrap and the crust wouldn't come out nicely.

Put each slice on a plate and drizzle hard shell over it.


Death By Chocolate Crust Mixture

In food processor or blender crush the chocolate covered grahams and Newman O's.

Melt butter and add to the cookie mixture.


Use 1/2 - 2/3 mixture to line Pyrex bowl. Reserve some crust mixture to top mentioned above, I think we'll double this in the future. BUT it was VERY rich as is. LOL BTW none of us eat or like Twix bars - but they were the missing touch in our past attempts. LOL

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©2009 D.R.G.


Diann said...

This looks amazing (I love Death by Chocolate too)! I can't wait to try it.

RZ said...

Sounds yummy. But I don't think I would eat something that is that appropriately named.


DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Well...Roy...we've had it twice in 7 thought is that we are in the "healthy eating" groove for the long haul and one or two forays into decadence is going to be o.k.

We'll walk instead of driving a few extra times this week. ::snort::

BTW have you made ice cream with your milk from Nola? One of our favorite treats is vanilla ice cream - milk, honey and a touch of pure vanilla. We don't usually BUY this stuff. LOL

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Oh Roy - I forgot - the best was for 4 birthdays and an anniversary...therefore the one small slice of this (because we are a large family and ate only 1/2 of it) is certainly healthier than 5 cakes could have been....though we could have munched on cantaloupe and a carrot - I couldn't sell the boys on the idea. LOL

I'm having fun coming up with excuses for our excesses...should I keep going?

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Not eating ice cream cake on your birthday causes global have to believe it - it's been reported on the internet. ::snort::

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

From Jamin: if we all eat this, we'll all gain weight, when we get in the gas guzzler van, it will take more gas to haul us and therefore we'll spend more on gas...which is yet another way a large family can stimulate the economy and create jobs. ::snort::

Thoughts of THAT mom said...

My DH was JUST talking about this on Monday! Perfect timing. I'll have to surprise him.


all in the family said...

OHHH! GIRL! You are doing me in. My gall bladder can't take icecream but this is my ABSOLUTE favorite!

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Beth - do NOT eat this or any of the other foods on your do not eat list. LOL

The Boyds said...

I've had that dessert at Bennigan's and your pic looks exactly like it. Amazing. I bet it tasted even better with all that hard work behind it :).

Your Chocolatier Who Shares The Sweet Life ! said...

Death By Chocolate Ice Cream Is So Good,I have also had Death By Chocolate Cakes Which are great also....

ludwig said...

i really love chocolates! I met a friend in a covenant marriage
seminar and ooh, we came into a point that we discussed about our favorite chocolates, its kinda funny but we still have fun all day long. :D