Icebox Pudding Cake

Mom used to make a variety of delicious desserts. Icebox cake was one of our favorites. It’s a simple dish to make, and the ingredients were always readily accessible. The biggest problem was that the dish required overnight refrigeration, and that was a long time to keep Dad away from the dessert. One evening, Dad couldn’t contain himself, and he ate the whole icebox cake. A full blown gallbladder attack followed, ensued by a visit to the hospital. The $3 dessert cost a lot more that evening!

2-3.9 oz. Boxes of Chocolate Jello Pudding Mix (Not Instant)
4 Cups of Milk
Graham Crackers
Cool Whip Topping (Optional)


In a large pan over medium heat, mix the chocolate pudding with the milk and prepare per the package instructions. Remove the pudding from the stove. In an 11×17 pan, spoon a layer of chocolate pudding on the bottom of the pan. Layer the graham crackers on top. Repeat this layering process until you reach the top of the serving pan, ending with the pudding on top. Garnish with crushed graham crackers if desired. Place the dessert in the refrigerator overnight, which will soften the graham crackers and firm up the pudding mixture. The icebox pudding cake will be a sliceable dessert. Serve with cool whip if desired.