Swiss Chocolate Crunch – Mid-Century Recipe Guest Test Sunday

Posted on Mar 23 2014 - 8:00am by Erica

Ever had one of those days where you just needed chocolate?


If you’re in the mood for pudding and cake mix, then you’re in for a treat.

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Swiss Chocolate Crunch – Mid-Century Recipe Guest Test Sunday
  • 1 package Duncan Hines Swiss Chocolate Deluxe Cake Mix
  • 1 package chocolate instant pudding mix (4 serving size)
  • ½ cup chopped nuts or ½ cup flaked coconut
  • ½ cup (1 stick) melted butter or margarine
  • Sweetened whipped cream, ice cream, or coffee cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare chocolate pudding and spread pudding in the bottom of a 9-inch square pan. Combine dry cake mix, nuts or coconut, and melted butter. (Mixture will be crumbly.) Sprinkle over pudding.
  2. Bake at 350° for 40 to 50 minutes, until center of crunch springs back when touched lightly with finger. Serve with ice cream, whipped cream, or serve warm with coffee cream.


I thought this would be easy to shop for. Instant pudding, cake mix. What could go wrong?


Well, at Publix they only had German chocolate. I phoned Buzz in a mild panic and asked if he knew what the difference between Swiss and German chocolate. There was a pause, and he asked if this was a question about politics or recipes. Krogers, Bi-Lo, and Piggly Wiggly all failed me as well, but finally at Walmart I found the elusive Swiss chocolate.

Further internet research on the question of whether Swiss Chocolate and German Chocolate cake were substantively different (aside from the “suggested serving” icings on the two boxes) didn’t yield much aside from mildly insulting jokes about the two nationalities. (We leave further research on that topic to the discretion of the reader.)


I polled everybody in the house: coconut or walnuts? Reaction to the idea of nuts ranged from mild dislike to a giant tantrum…

Coconut it is.


The “crunch” topping then gets put directly on instant pudding. (And we’re going to bake it. Sort of defeats the point of “instant” but whatever.)


It looks exactly the same after baking. Maybe a little more glisteny?


Sam the St. Bernard wanted to be included in the tasting (even though dogs aren’t allowed to have chocolate).


“Oh wow, this is amazing.”

Verdict: Amazing.

Tasting notes:

I personally found this to be a little boring after a while (chocolate, chocolate, aaaaand you guessed it more chocolate). But it clearly impressed Buzz. Our pre-teen daughter also thought it was incredible, and keeps asking when I’ll be making it again. This would be an ideal dish to make for a teenage sleepover… or, apparently, a hungry spouse.

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Erica was inspired to learn to cook by a complete lack of home economics classes in high school, and a love of old books. When using antique cookbooks to teach herself some skills, she realized a lot of the recipes were pretty strange by modern standards. All that fun testing just begged to be shared with the world. Regular recipe testing can be found here on Mid-Century Menu, on Erica's Retro Recipe Attempts blog, and also I Ate The 80's.

9 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. CheyenneJay March 23, 2014 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    The other crunches look sooooo good. Im not a coco fan so i’ll be trying the fruit ones.

    • Erica March 24, 2014 at 4:49 pm - Reply

      They do look pretty interesting — sort of a quick cobbler! Enjoy.

  2. Marilyn March 24, 2014 at 7:52 am - Reply

    “German” in this case is a last name, not a nationality — as in, “the chocolate manufactured by Mr. German and his fine company.” I’ve never heard of Swiss chocolate cake mix!

    • Erica March 24, 2014 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      I had to do a lot of footwork to find a box of it — not common!

  3. veg-o-matic March 24, 2014 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    I fully approve of this recipe (and several of the others pictures.)

    I also approve of Buzz’s tshirt.

    • Buzz March 25, 2014 at 9:27 am - Reply

      My Mom got me that shirt when I was in high school. As we didn’t know anybody associated with that university, I suppose it was just because I collected unusual T-shirts.

  4. Jason April 4, 2014 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    From that list of grocery stores, I am going to guess that you live in the Southeast and mostly likely in South Carolina.

    • Erica April 5, 2014 at 5:03 pm - Reply


  5. Cam December 19, 2015 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Is there any way this recepie could be doubled and put in a 9×13 pan, or something like it? …also what would you recommend between the coconut and chopped nuts? Thanks!

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