Today, trifles are made with a variety of ingredients that may be made for a dessert, a salad or a main dish. For desserts whipped cream often replaces fillings of custard. For salads it becomes a way to layer many different ingredients such as a variety of lettuce, vegetables, cheese, and meats topped with a savory dressing. Meats, beans, cheese, and vegetables are also being layered to create main dishes that combine many different flavors. When the ingredients are layered, they are not packed down into the bowl, allowing spaces for the various items to merge together. After the salad or dessert trifles are assembled, they are refrigerated for several hours or overnight to allow the flavors to blend together for a more flavorful result.