Non-alcoholic trifle safe for people with various allergies.
If you have a family member with serious allergies, they often miss out on party food. With careful choice of ingredients they can be included without having to have something different from everyone else.


  • The quantities are for a large glass "trifle dish" that I have - my guess is about 2.5 L - adjust for the dish that you use.

  • 1 or 2 Jam Swiss rolls or packets of jam rollettes - not the ones with cream in. (check packets for 'traces of nuts' or any other allergy causing conditions. If in doubt, ring up the manufacturer. If still in doubt, don't use it! can be replaced by sponge cake spread with jam - with same precautions. )

  • 1 x 825 g (or larger) tin of fruit salad (in juice(prefered) or syrup.)

  • 1 x 312 g tin of mandarin orange segments.

  • 2 or 3 packets of jelly crystals (each make 500 ml - different colours - I use green first.)


  • 1.

    Cut swiss roll into 1 cm slices and line the bowl with them - you can make quite nice patterns. base and sides of the bowl should be covered to within 1 cm (or less) of the top.

  • 2.

    Mix the first jelly as per instructions in a jug - usually a smaller volume of boiling water first and top up with cold. I use ice cubes in the cold water.

  • 3.

    Carefully pour the jelly so that it soaks into the swiss roll slices. Pouring on the top edge of the side slices helps.

  • 4.

    Place in fridge to set.

  • 5.

    When set add the drained can of fruit salad, smooth out.

  • 6.

    Mix and pour in the next coloured jelly - the fruit juice can be used as part of the cold water but slightly reduce the volume - syrup may make it hard to set (and too sweet)

  • 7.

    Place in fridge to set

  • 8.

    Depending on bowl size/shape, there may be room for another layer of jelly.

  • 9.

    Arrange mandarin orange segments in concentric circles on the top jelly surface.

  • 10.

    Serve alone or with a suitable (safe) icecream.

  • 11.

    A more adult variation uses lime, lemon and raspberry jellies with lychees in the middle and grapefruit segments on top - but check, because grapefruit interacts with some medications.


Preparation time is quoted as elapsed time (jelly setting time) but it comes in bursts. Takes about 15 mins for the first stage then about 5 mins or each other. Can be made the day before or while there are lulls in other preparation.

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