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How to make a chocolate Malteser trifle.

Updated on September 19, 2017

The best Malteser trifle I have ever tasted.

5 stars for chocolate malteser trifle.

The finished trifle.

Looks good enough to eat - and it is!
Looks good enough to eat - and it is!

How to make this impressive dessert.

I am always looking for new and interesting ways to serve chocolate. This chocolate Malteser trifle tastes as good as it looks - and it looks pretty impressive! It is quick and easy to make but will leave your guests thinking you have spent the day making it.

It is fancy enough to serve for a special occasion, such as Christmas or Thanksgiving. It would make a great birthday dessert and the top is robust enough to take a few candles to blow out.

You can make this dessert using plain custard if you wish, I often do as I have a husband who finds too much chocolate sickly - I don't know what he means!

Add sherry if serving this to adults but apple juice does the job of keeping the sponge moist just fine too.

I hope you enjoy making and eating this trifle as much as I do, it really is super easy and fun. It keeps well in the fridge for a couple of days but take it out ten minutes before serving to let it warm up a little.

If you have ten minutes to spare you can make this dessert.

Prep time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: serves six - eight people.


  • 1 chocolate swiss roll, sliced
  • 1 handful blueberries
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 can ready made custard
  • 1 pot whipping cream, whipped
  • 1 large tub maltesers
  • 1 bar chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons instant chocolate powder
  • 3-4 drops vanilla essence
  • 3 tablespoons sherry or apple juice, optional


  1. Cut the Swiss roll into inch wide slices. Place the slices in the bottom of a nice glass bowl, making sure that some come up the sides.
  2. Cut the bananas and add them to the blueberries. Spread the fruit over the swiss roll slices. Pour over a little sherry or apple juice.
  3. Snap half of the chocolate into pieces and scatter it over the fruit.
  4. If making chocolate custard add the hot chocolate powder to the custard mixing well. Add vanilla extract and top the trifle with the custard.
  5. Using a cold bowl whip the cream. Spread this over the top of the custard. Decorate the top with the malteser balls and the remaining chocolate just before serving.

Have you heard of Maltesers before reading this recipe?

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What are Maltesers anyway?

I understand not everyone will be familiar with maltesers. Over here in the UK maltesers are well known and readily available. They are chocolate coated balls of crisp honeycombe.

They are incredibly light and reasonable low in calories and fat but they taste simply delicious.

You can substitute chocolate curls or whatever your own personal favourite chocolates are but maltesers do make this trifle rather special looking. I always use real maltesers for this dessert, look out for the red tubs or packets.


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