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The best desserts that travel

Puddings served in jars are the ideal solution for a summer picnic

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The best desserts that travel

Summer weekends with friends and family call for al fresco dining, picnics and trips to the beach. And that means making food that travels!

Sandwiches have stood the test of time for being the go-to transportable lunch item, but when it comes to dessert it's a bit harder. Obviously there's nothing wrong with popping a pack of Mr Kipling in your bag, but if it's a special occasion and you want to impress, we think we've found the perfect solution. Jar desserts.

We've put together four delicious layered desserts built, stored, and eaten out of jars for you to try out this summer. Perfect for on-the-go afters, these sweet treats are both adorable and bang on-trend. What are you waiting for? Grab a spoon and dig in.

Strawberry shortbread

This super easy strawberry shortbread dessert is simply an assembly job. Break shortbread biscuits into small pieces and put enough in the jar to cover the base. Add a layer of mascarpone mixed with a spoonful of icing sugar and a few drops of vanilla extract. Cover with a layer of Extra Special Strawberry Conserve then top with fresh strawberries and a sprig of fresh mint.

Strawberry shortbread, Chocolate and orange zinger

Chocolate and orange zinger

The only cooking involved in this chocolate and orange zinger dessert is melting a bit of dark chocolate. Cover the base of the jar with small pieces of Chosen by you Oatie Crumbles. Add a layer of mascarpone mixed with a little melted dark chocolate and a dash of single cream. Top with tinned mandarin segments and a sprinkling of grated dark chocolate.

Blueberry crumble

Frozen and fresh blueberries go into this speedy crumble recipe. Topped with a buttery crumble and hazelnut topping, this is the perfect summer pud. We've topped ours with yogurt as we think it tastes nicer cold than custard. You could use the same recipe and make with a fruit of your choice - try raspberry or strawberry as an alternative.

Blueberry crumble

Rocky road trifle

This is classic rocky road as you've never seen it. Marshmallows, dried fruit and biscuits are layered up with sweet mascarpone and cocoa to make a self-contained, chocolatey summer trifle. Perfect for picnics or lunch in the park, just remember to pack your spoon - if it makes it that far!

Pick up all the ingredients you need to put together the ultimate picnic online, or pop into your local store.