Oliversmum is a self-taught cook who likes to try new and healthy recipes. Her preferences include biscuits/cookies, cakes, and puddings.
Chocolate Crackle Surprises
Chocolate crackles are a popular children's treat in Australia and New Zealand. The primary ingredient is Kellogg's Rice Bubbles breakfast cereal (known as Kellogg's Rice Krispies elsewhere). The recipe also incorporates sugar, cocoa, and coconut, as well as a binding ingredient.
The traditional recipe does not include sultanas, but my family likes to add this ingredient to create a special surprise. You'll need to read the instructions to understand exactly how this works!
Kids love these treats. They are especially popular for birthday parties, play dates, tea parties, and camping out. Really, they're great snacks for any time.
Apart from heating the Copha on the stove, this is a great recipe for the children to help prepare. It might be messy—but believe me, the kids will have a lot of fun.
- 1 cup soft icing sugar (confectioner's sugar)
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- 3 tbsp cocoa
- 4 cups Rice Bubbles
- 250 grams Copha*
- Small quantity sultanas
*Note about Copha: Manufactured by Peerless Foods (NZ), Copha is a vegetable shortening that contains hydrogenated coconut oil, soya bean, and lecithin.
Step 1: Prepare the Mixture
- In a large mixing bowl, combine soft icing sugar, coconut, cocoa, and Rice Bubbles. (The order in which you combine the ingredients really doesn't matter.)
- Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly.
- In a saucepan, heat the Copha and melt it very slowly.
- Once the Copha has melted, remove the pan from the stove and allow it to cool a bit.
- When it has cooled slightly, pour the melted Copha into the bowl of dry ingredients. Mix all of the ingredients together thoroughly.
Step 2: Fill the Patty Pans
- Halfway fill the patty pans (baking cups or cupcake liners) with the chocolate crackle mixture.
- Time to add the surprise! Add 3 or 4 sultanas to some but not all of the pans.
- Then fill the pans the rest of the way to the top with the chocolate crackle mixture.
- Add a couple more sultanas to the top of every pan.
- Place the finished chocolate crackle surprises in an airtight container and refrigerate until they are set.
Yield: I used 5-centimeter ("mini") patty pans to make a total of 50 small treats. If you use larger pans, you could make around 25-30 larger treats.
Enjoy Your Treats!
I hope your children enjoy eating these delicious chocolate crackle surprises—and I hope they'll have fun helping you make them, too!
© 2010 oliversmum