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Graveyard trifle  recipe

Graveyard trifle recipe

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With rich chocolate brownies, vibrant orange custard and creepy green jelly, this spooky twist on a classic trifle is a scarily good Halloween party idea that will definitely impress the kids. See method

  • Serves 10
  • 35 minutes to prepare, plus chilling
  • 374 calories / serving


  • 1 x 135g pack lime jelly
  • green food gel or colouring
  • 425g (14oz) chocolate brownies
  • 125g (4oz) jelly snakes (halved, if long)
  • 500g (1lb) fresh custard
  • orange food colouring
  • 1/2 x 225g pack soft-baked chocolate cookies
  • chocolate writing icing
  • 3 rich tea finger biscuits
  • 3 chocolate cornfake clusters
  • green sugar sand, to decorate (optional)
If you don't have any limes, try a lemon instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    12g 17%
  • Saturates

    6g 31%
  • Sugars

    45g 49%
  • Salt

    0.3g 6%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 59.8g Protein 5.8g Fibre 0.5g


  1. Break the jelly into a bowl, add 450ml boiling water and stir until dissolved. Add enough green food colouring to turn the liquid a vivid green; set aside to cool.
  2. Crumble the brownies into the base of a glass trifle dish, about 8cm (3in) deep and 18-20cm (7-8in) wide. Press down with the back of a spoon to level the surface. Top with most of the jelly snakes, pushing a few close to the sides of the dish so they can be seen.
  3. Put the custard in a bowl and stir in enough orange food colouring to turn it a pale tangerine. Pour it over the snake and brownie layer and spread level. Chill for 30 minutes, or until set. Spoon a little of the cooled liquid jelly over the custard layer to create a film-like layer; chill until set.
  4. Carefully pour the remaining jelly over the top and return to the fridge for 4 hours, or until set. In a food processor, whizz the cookies to a fine crumb. Sprinkle over the top of the trifle for the 'soil'. Add the remaining jelly snakes, pushing the ends of each into the crumb 'soil' layer.
  5. Decorate the rich tea biscuits with the writing icing to make 'RIP' or cross 'headstones' and push them into the trifle, positioning an 'earthy mound' cornfake cluster at the base of each. Sprinkle with a little sugar sand for 'moss', if you like.

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