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Chocolate Tiffin

Chocolate Tiffin is a no-bake refrigerator cake full of chocolate, cherries and raisins and topped with chocolate.
Prep Time25 mins
Chilling Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Teatime
Cuisine: British
Keyword: chocolate refrigerator cake
Servings: 20 pieces
Author: [email protected] Cooks



  • 200 g glacé cherries
  • 300 g Rich Tea biscuits
  • 150 g butter
  • 40 g light brown soft sugar
  • 200 g golden syrup
  • 25 g cocoa powder, not drinking chocolate
  • 125 g raisins or sultanas


  • 200 g chocolate, dark or milk


Glass bowl for melting the chocolate
Plastic bag and rolling pin to crush the biscuits
Large saucepan



  • Grease the tin with a little butter OR line the base with baking parchment or a liner
  • Halve or quarter the cherries - no need to wash


  • Crush the biscuits: Put them in a large bag and beat with a rolling pin until the biscuits are in small pieces. (Some biscuit will be powdered and some will be in larger pieces)
  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter, sugar, and golden syrup and mix to combine
  • Turn off the heat, add the crushed biscuits and cocoa and mix thoroughly, ensuring the chocolate colour is evenly distributed. Add the fruit and mix carefully
  • Press the mixture into the tin with the back of a spoon. Push it down firmly. Turn the spoon over and use the edge to tidy up the edges of the tiffin
  • Leave to cool.


  • When the base has cooled, tip the tiffin out of the tin and remove the liner
  • Melt the chocolate in the microwave or over a saucepan of hot water
    For step-by-step instructions see How to Melt Chocolate
  • Pour the melted chocolate over the base and spread evenly using a knife
  • Leave to cool, then cut into squares.


Everyday Cooks tips:

  • If the cocoa has lumps, don’t bother to sift it. Just make sure you mix it in thoroughly, pressing the lumps out as you go.
  • Storage - Chocolate Tiffin keeps well for a week or so in an airtight tin or plastic box. It will keep for longer in the fridge, but the chocolate may look less shiny.