Chocolate-Éclair Icebox Dessert
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Chocolate-Éclair Icebox Dessert

Layers of graham cracker and vanilla pudding are topped with a layer of chocolate in this light yet decadent make-ahead dessert.

This is one of those recipes that I had bookmarked for yeeeeears, but hadn’t actually made it until recently.

A few weeks back, a friend hosted a BBQ potluck for a bunch of my husband’s high school buddies and their families. I knew this dessert would be a big crowd-pleaser.

Chocolate-Éclair Icebox Dessert

I love that this is a classic dessert from Cooking Light, and that they took care to lighten up a typically decadent recipe. I wasn’t able to find fat-free pudding mix that wasn’t also sugar free, so I went for regular here.

I also split this up between 2 square pans, which worked out beautifully. We had one at home that held up really well for a few days. Dessert on demand… I like it!

Chocolate-Éclair Icebox Dessert

The recipe didn’t call for letting the cream cheese soften to room temperature, but I think it might have helped a little. My filling turned out a bit lumpy, but it wasn’t really noticeable by the time the dessert sat overnight.

I really liked the way the graham crackers softened, making them more and more cake-like the longer it hung out in the fridge.

Chocolate-Éclair Icebox Dessert

This was a big hit with our friends, as well as some neighbors that lucked out with getting a few slices the next night.

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2 plates of Chocolate-Éclair Icebox Dessert with forks.

Chocolate-Éclair Icebox Dessert

  • Author: Cooking Light January 1998
  • Prep Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 18 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American


Layers of graham cracker and vanilla pudding are topped with a layer of chocolate in this light yet decadent make-ahead dessert.


Units Scale
  • 22 1/2 sheets (about 1 [14-ounce] box) low-fat honey graham crackers, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 cups fat-free milk
  • 2 (3.4-ounce) packages fat-free vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 (8-ounce) tub fat-free cream cheese
  • 1 (8-ounce) tub frozen reduced-calorie whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 2 tablespoons stick margarine or butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar


  1. Arrange 7 1/2 graham cracker sheets in the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine 3 cups milk, pudding mix, and cream cheese in a large bowl, and beat at low speed of a mixer 1 minute or until thick. Fold in whipped topping. Spread half of the pudding mixture over graham crackers, and top with 7 1/2 graham cracker sheets. Repeat the procedure with the remaining half of pudding mixture and 7 1/2 graham cracker sheets.
  2. Combine 1/4 cup milk, softened margarine, honey, and unsweetened chocolate in a medium bowl, and beat well with a mixer. Gradually add powdered sugar to milk mixture, and beat well. Spread chocolate glaze over graham crackers. Cover dessert and tent with foil; chill 4 hours.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 234
  • Sugar: 36 g
  • Sodium: 516.4 mg
  • Fat: 7.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 61.4 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 5.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 8.2 mg

Keywords: ice box cake, chocolate eclair cake, graham crackers, pudding

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