Chocolate Orange Trifles

  • 25MINS
  • 10MINS
  • Serves 4
  • 169KCAL

Who doesn’t love trifle? This slimming friendly twist on the classic pudding uses zesty chocolate orange for an irresistible treat!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories169
  • Carbs28g
  • Protein5.1g
  • Fat7.2g
  • Saturates3.9g
  • Sugars17g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

There’s a good reason that chocolate and orange is such an ever-popular flavour combination – it’s totally delicious! 

Now, just imagine the taste of zesty orange and rich chocolate in trifle form. Our Chocolate Orange Trifle is an irresistible twist on the classic dessert we all know and love. 

With layers of Jaffa Cakes, mandarin orange segments, orange jelly, chocolate custard and topped with light aerosol cream, you’ll find it hard to believe this glorious pud could be slimming friendly!

A few clever swaps mean you can serve up this rich sweet treat for just 169 calories per portion. It’s the ideal way to finish off a meal, with the perfect balance of fruity and chocolatey layers. 

Once you’ve tried this you might never go back to plain trifle again! 

What diets are these Chocolate Orange Trifles suitable for?

These Chocolate Orange Trifles can be made vegetarian as long as you use a vegetarian orange jelly. 

To make this recipe gluten free, please switch the following for suitable gluten free alternatives:

  • Jaffa Cakes
  • small chocolate segments from a Chocolate Orange chocolate bar

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Chocolate Orange Trifles?

To give this recipe a zingy orange finish we’ve drizzled some Sweet Freedom Choc Shot Orange Spice liquid syrup over the top of these trifles. 

This adds lots of flavour, without adding lots of extra calories. It can be found in most large supermarkets and is also available online. 

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This Sweet Freedom Choc Shot Orange Spice from Amazon is perfect drizzled over the top of these trifles. 

You’ll also need some 250ml glass serving dishes like these to make your individual sized trifles. 

How many calories are in these Chocolate Orange Trifles?

Each one of these Chocolate Orange Trifles is just 169 calories For more delicious dishes all under 400 calories, take a look at other Everyday Light recipes!

This Chocolate Orange Trifles recipe is ideal when following any of the larger diet plans such as Weight Watchers or counting calories.

The average woman needs around 2000kcal per day to maintain a healthy body weight, and men typically need slightly more at 2,500kcals, but you may want to reduce these if you are aiming to lose weight. You can find more information on the NHS website.

Step 1

Place a quartered Jaffa Cake in the base of each glass serving dish.

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Step 2

To make the jelly: place the jelly crystals in a heatproof jug. Add the boiling water and stir until dissolved.

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Step 3

Add the cold water to the jelly in the jug and stir. Set aside and leave to cool.

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Step 4

Divide the drained mandarin oranges between the dishes, placing them on top of the Jaffa Cakes.

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Step 5

Pour the cooled jelly over the mandarin oranges and place in the fridge to set for a minimum of 2 hours.

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Step 6

To make the custard: place the egg yolk, cornflour, cocoa powder, sweetener and 1 tbsp of the milk in a heatproof jug. Mix until smooth.

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Place the remaining milk in a small saucepan and place over a medium heat. Heat until steaming hot, taking care not to let the milk burn or boil over.

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Step 8

Pour the steaming hot milk into the jug containing the cocoa mixture and stir well.

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Step 9

Pour back into the saucepan and return to a medium heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon or balloon whisk and cook gently for about 5 minutes, until small bubbles appear on the surface and the custard thickens. As soon as the custard has thickened, remove it from the heat. Don’t overheat or boil the custard, as it may split or burn.

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Step 10

Scrape the custard into a small bowl to cool. Cover the surface of the custard with cling film to stop a skin forming.

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Step 11

When the custard is just cool, remove the cling film and stir with a balloon whisk to ensure it’s smooth.

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Step 12

Divide the custard between the dishes and spread out to make a thin layer.

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Step 13

Place in the fridge and chill for about 30 minutes.

Step 14

When ready to serve, top with a swirl of aerosol cream and drizzle with a little Choc Shot Orange Spice liquid syrup. Place a small Chocolate orange segment on top to decorate. Serve at once.

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What could I serve with these Chocolate Orange Trifles?

We think these yummy trifles are the perfect end to any meal. We’d serve them up as a dessert after a delicious dinner menu including some of the following dishes:

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How do you know when Chocolate Orange Trifles are ready?

You’ll need to leave these Chocolate Orange Trifles to set before you can assemble the final layers. Once you have poured in your jelly, they will need around 2 hours in the fridge. It’s important not to add the jelly when it is too hot as it could crack the glass dishes. 

You will also need to let your custard cool a little before adding it on top of the set jelly. If the custard is too hot it could melt the jelly. 

Once the custard is added, the trifles will need at least 30 minutes in the fridge before they are ready to serve. 

How long can you keep Chocolate Orange Trifles in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

You can keep these trifles in the fridge for 1 or 2 days but it’s important to cover them and store them in the fridge BEFORE you have added the cream topping and chocolate decoration. 

If you refrigerate them with the aerosol cream on top there is a chance that the cream will collapse and need to be added again before serving. 

Can I freeze Chocolate Orange Trifles?

This recipe is not suitable for freezing. 

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Chocolate Orange Trifles

Who doesn’t love trifle? This slimming friendly twist on the classic pudding uses zesty chocolate orange for an irresistible treat!
  • Prep Time
    25 MINS
  • Cook Time
    10 MINS
  • KCals 169
  • Carbs 28G

Ingredients

  • 4 Jaffa Cakes cut into quarters
  • 298 g tinned mandarin oranges in juice, drained
  • 11.5 g sachet of sugar free orange jelly crystals
  • 285 ml boiling water
  • 285 ml cold water

For the chocolate custard

  • 250 ml semi skimmed milk
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 30 g white granulated sweetener

To decorate

  • 4 squirts of light aerosol cream
  • 4 squirts of Choc Shot Orange Spice liquid syrup
  • 4 small chocolate orange segments from a Chocolate Orange chocolate bar

4 x 250ml individual glass serving dishes

heatproof jug

Small saucepan

small mixing bowl

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Instructions

  1. Place a quartered Jaffa Cake in the base of each glass serving dish.
  2. To make the jelly: place the jelly crystals in a heatproof jug. Add the boiling water and stir until dissolved.
  3. Add the cold water to the jelly in the jug and stir. Set aside and leave to cool.
  4. Divide the drained mandarin oranges between the dishes, placing them on top of the Jaffa Cakes.
  5. Pour the cooled jelly over the mandarin oranges and place in the fridge to set for a minimum of 2 hours.
  6. To make the custard: place the egg yolk, cornflour, cocoa powder, sweetener and 1 tbsp of the milk in a heatproof jug. Mix until smooth.
  7. Place the remaining milk in a small saucepan and place over a medium heat. Heat until steaming hot, taking care not to let the milk burn or boil over.
  8. Pour the steaming hot milk into the jug containing the cocoa mixture and stir well.
  9. Pour back into the saucepan and return to a medium heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon or balloon whisk and cook gently for about 5 minutes, until small bubbles appear on the surface and the custard thickens. As soon as the custard has thickened, remove it from the heat. Don't overheat or boil the custard, as it may split or burn.
  10. Scrape the custard into a small bowl to cool. Cover the surface of the custard with cling film to stop a skin forming.
  11. When the custard is just cool, remove the cling film and stir with a balloon whisk to ensure it's smooth.
  12. Divide the custard between the dishes and spread out to make a thin layer.
  13. Place in the fridge and chill for about 30 minutes.
  14. When ready to serve, top with a swirl of aerosol cream and drizzle with a little Choc Shot Orange Spice liquid syrup. Place a small Chocolate orange segment on top to decorate. Serve at once.

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Recipe notes

Tip: Make sure you allow the jelly to cool before pouring it into the glass dishes. Hot jelly may crack your glass dishes.
Tip: Make sure that the jelly has set firmly and the custard has cooled before assembling the trifles. Placing warm custard on the jelly could make it dissolve.

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Vera DorrellMonday 27th December 2021

Lovely recipe nice and light dessert . Easy recipe to follow, although I thought that the quantity of sugar was too much. I reduced the amount quite a lot

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    HollyMonday 3rd January 2022

    Hi Vera, we use white granulated sweetener for this recipe rather than sugar but if it still too sweet for your taste then as you have said you can use less to suit. Hope that helps!

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DebGra07Friday 3rd December 2021

The trifles look lovely. Can you tell me how I can find the WW points please? xx

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Anita KitchingTuesday 30th November 2021

These trifles are just up my street, I’m so excited to get my book I shall be trying so many lovely recipes 🤗

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    HollyWednesday 1st December 2021

    Hey Anita, thanks so much for your message! We can’t wait for the release of Comfort Food either!

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