A fresh alternative to the Halloween classic Candy Corn, this trifle combines layers of mango nectar soaked sponge cake, fresh homemade mango custard, fresh mango, and whipped cream for a sweet mango recipe that is not a trick, only a treat!
This recipe post has been sponsored by the National Mango Board.
A Naturally Sweet Treat for Halloween
If you looking for a Halloween treat that would be a fun surprise for your kids to enjoy, this Mango Candy Corn Halloween Trifle is it!
While many families have different traditions for Halloween, and many different ideas of what to do with that leftover candy, my family likes to enjoy a treat together before we head out for the evening festivities.
Enter my Mango Candy Corn Halloween Trifle – a sweet treat that your family will love. Mango adds sumptuous tropical flavor and six essential nutrients – so it truly is a super fun superfruit. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend 1 to 2 cups of fruits daily, but most people fail to eat enough fruit. That’s where mangos come in!
The versatile mango is available year-round (yes, even in the fall!) and adds delicious flavor to a balanced diet. In October, the popular Tommy Atkins variety is actually in peak season!
Mango & Dietary Fiber
You may not immediately think Halloween = Dietary Fiber– but you should!
We know that consuming dietary fiber can make you feel full faster, and therefore may help to curb any excessive candy consumption post trick-or-treating. We also know that fiber aids digestion, helps control constipation, and slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, which could come in handy on Halloween night. One cup of mango provides 12% of the Daily Value (DV) for fiber.
Mango & Vitamin A
Halloween may also be a great time to talk to your kids about how eating healthy foods can help them to do new activities better, like trick-or-treating.
While enjoying this Mango Candy Corn Trifle before heading out to your evening festivities, you can use the experience as a lesson to explain how vitamin A, found in mangos, is critical for vision, which is important while trick-or-treating in the dark.
As a plus for the parents, we know that vitamin A is important for immune function, helps maintain healthy skin, and plays a role in bone growth. One cup of mango is an excellent source of vitamin A, providing 35% of the Daily Value per serving.
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1 cup fresh pureed mango
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Mango Soaked Sponge Cake
- 2 cups pound cake, 1/2 inch dice, divided
- 1 cup mango nectar, divided
- (learn How to Cut a Mango!)
- 1 cup whipped cream or cool whip
- Candy corn, optional for garnish
- In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and the mango puree until well incorporated.
- In a 2-quart saucepan add the cornstarch. Slowly whisk in the milk until well incorporated.
- Whisk in the cream and the honey.
- Place over medium heat and heat to approximately 180 degrees. Do not let boil.
- Slowly temper the milk mixture into the bowl with the egg yolks and mango*
- Return the mixture back to the saucepot over medium heat and stir in ground turmeric.
- Bring to a boil, hit at least 210 degrees, constantly whisking the entire time.
- Once the temperature hits 210, return the heat to low and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat, whisk in the vanilla.
- Divide evenly into 4 trifle cups and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, overnight for best results.
- Once chilled, top each trifle cup with 1/2 cup pound cake.
- Top each trifle cup with 2 tablespoons fresh mango, and top with 1/4 cup mango nectar.
- Top with whipped cream of choice and candy corns if using. Enjoy!
*Be sure to slowly incorporate the milk with the cornstarch so you don't get lumps.
*Temper means to constantly whisk the yolk and the mango while adding a light stream of hot milk to it with a ladel. This helps to slowly bring up the temperature of the egg yolks. If you don't do this slowly, the egg yolks will cook and get lumpy.