by Dara Winters on December 19, 2020

And now, for the show-stopper we've all been waiting for: the Tonic Jelly Trifle! Our final Christmas Immunity recipe contains the ever-nutritious elderberry as well as some trusty Elderberry & Blackcurrant flavour high-dose immunity sachets so you can have your (immune-friendly) trifle and eat it too!


Recipe for the Tonic Jelly Trifle 

Serves: 10


  • 600g frozen summer berries (raspberries, blackberries, blackcurrants)
  • 150g frozen elderberries
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 2 sachets of Tonic Elderberry & Blackcurrant
  • 9 sheets leaf gelatine
  • 75g custard powder
  • 1.2ml milk
  • 1 ½ - 2 madeira cakes
  • 4 tbsp sherry or cassis
  • 300ml-450ml double cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar


  1. Place the berries in a pan with 150g sugar and 1 litre of water, and bring to a gentle simmer. Stir in the contents of the Elderberry & Blackcurrant sachets.
  2. Cook for 2 mins, then remove 6 tbsp fruit and 150ml juice; keep to one side. Continue to cook the remaining fruit in the pan for 5 mins.
  3. Meanwhile, soak 9 sheets of leaf gelatine in cold water. 
  4. Crush or blend the fruit, then strain into a large bowl, pushing the pulp through so only the skins and seeds remain.
  5. Squeeze excess water from the gelatine, add to the hot fruit syrup and stir to dissolve. Cool, then chill until the point of almost setting.
  6. Make the custard according to pack instructions with 75g custard powder, 1.2l milk and 50g caster sugar to create a thick custard. 
  7. Pile 1½ - 2 cubed madeira cakes into a trifle bowl, spoon over the reserved juice and berries, then add 4 tbsp sherry or cassis.
  8. Add a thick layer of custard, leave to cool and set with a skin.
  9. When the custard is cold and set, and the jelly is on the point of setting, spoon the jelly over the custard and chill until ready to complete.
  10. Whip 300 - 450ml double cream with 1 tsp vanilla extract and 2 tbsp icing sugar until just holding its shape, then spoon round the bowl over the set jelly.

Did you know?

  • The Elder Wand, which plays a key role in the final Harry Potter book, is made from the brand of an elderberry tree!
  • Blackcurrants are packed with antioxidants that are particularly beneficial to cognitive function and skin, but blackcurrant leaves are a real superstar; they have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antitoxic, and antiseptic properties!

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