How to Make Chocolate Crackle Surprises

Updated on December 25, 2018
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A tray of Chocolate Crackle Surprises, ready for the kids!
A tray of Chocolate Crackle Surprises, ready for the kids! | Source

Chocolate Crackle Surprises

Chocolate Crackles are a popular children's treat in Australia and New Zealand. The primary ingredient is the breakfast cereal Kellogg's Rice Bubbles (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.

Kellogg's Rice Bubbles

I use Kellogg's Rice Bubbles to make these Chocolate Crackle Surprises.
I use Kellogg's Rice Bubbles to make these Chocolate Crackle Surprises. | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 cup soft icing sugar (confectioner's sugar)
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 3 tablespoons 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

  1. 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.)
  2. Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly.
  3. In a saucepan, heat the Copha and melt it very slowly.
  4. Once the Copha has melted, remove the pan from the stove and allow it to cool a bit.
  5. 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

  1. Halfway fill the patty pans (baking cups or cupcake liners) with the Chocolate Crackle mixture.
  2. Time to add the surprise! Add 3 or 4 sultanas to some but not all of the pans.
  3. Then fill the pans the rest of the way to the top with the Chocolate Crackle mixture.
  4. Add a couple more sultanas to the top of every pan.
  5. 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.

Photo Tutorial

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Mix all of the dry ingredients together: soft icing sugar, coconut, cocoa, and Rice Bubbles.Melt the Copha in a saucepan on the stove. Then pour the melted Copha into the dry mixture. Mix thoroughly.Patty pans (baking cups) laid out and ready to be filled with the Chocolate Crackle mixture.This is what a block of Copha looks like.A plate full of juicy, sweet sultanas.
Mix all of the dry ingredients together: soft icing sugar, coconut, cocoa, and Rice Bubbles.
Mix all of the dry ingredients together: soft icing sugar, coconut, cocoa, and Rice Bubbles. | Source
Melt the Copha in a saucepan on the stove. Then pour the melted Copha into the dry mixture. Mix thoroughly.
Melt the Copha in a saucepan on the stove. Then pour the melted Copha into the dry mixture. Mix thoroughly. | Source
Patty pans (baking cups) laid out and ready to be filled with the Chocolate Crackle mixture.
Patty pans (baking cups) laid out and ready to be filled with the Chocolate Crackle mixture. | Source
This is what a block of Copha looks like.
This is what a block of Copha looks like. | Source
A plate full of juicy, sweet sultanas.
A plate full of juicy, sweet sultanas. | Source

I hope your children enjoy eating these delicious Chocolate Crackle Surprises—and I hope they'll have fun helping you make them, too!

A tempting tray of Chocolate Crackle Surprises... ready for the party!
A tempting tray of Chocolate Crackle Surprises... ready for the party! | Source

Questions & Answers

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      • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR

        oliversmum 

        7 years ago from australia

        Peggy W. Hi. Thank you for alerting me to the difference in the names of Rice Bubbles and Rice Krispies.

        I have now made reference to this near the top of the hub.

        Unfortunately our nearest Costco is 300 km away,but I believe it is a great place to shop.

        The Recipe you mention sounds rather nice, would love to try it if you decide to publish it.:)

        The little cases are colorful,thought they looked rather cute.

        Thank you so much for your lovely comment and votes. They are very much appreciated. :):)

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        Peggy Woods 

        7 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Are these Rice Bubbles like Rice Crispies? I'll admit, I have not spent much time in the cereal aisles of late. We usually purchase our cereal (oatmeal and Cheerios) at Costco and seldom eat other kinds unless needed for a specific recipe. I remember a Rice Crispie cookie that my mother used to make when we were kids using melted marshmellows. This sounds like it might be similar with even more flavors. Voted up, useful and interesting. I like the idea of the little cups for presentation purposes. :)

      • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR

        oliversmum 

        7 years ago from australia

        vespawoolf Hi. Yes I am sure you could use any brand,this is just the one that we use.

        This crackle is rather nice and the children seem to love them,as well as the adults.

        Hope you like them,when you get time to try this recipe.

        Thank you so much for your lovely comment.:):)

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        Vespa Woolf 

        7 years ago from Peru, South America

        Wow, this sounds yummy! We don't have that brand of cereal, but I'm sure I could use another type of puffed grain. Looking forward to trying this!

      • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR

        oliversmum 

        7 years ago from australia

        Movie Master Hi. I hope your husband enjoys them, when you get time to make these chocolate crackles.

        They are rather sweet, but nice.

        Thank you for dropping by and your votes,It's always nice to hear from you. Regards Oliversmum. :):)

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        Movie Master 

        7 years ago from United Kingdom

        My husband is going to love these, I will make some tomorrow for him.

        They look delicious, thank you and voted up.

      • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR

        oliversmum 

        8 years ago from australia

        earnestshub. Hi. Yes you will have to do that, it's been a while.

        Don't worry about him. if I have a time frame, something will be hidden that he will never find.

        There is more than one fox at this address :).

        Thanks for your great comment. :):)

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        earnestshub 

        8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

        Watch out Oliversmum, I'm gonna start timing my visits to your recipes.

        The only problem is that ravenous fox will beat me to them. :) :)

      • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR

        oliversmum 

        8 years ago from australia

        dara60. Hi. You are very welcome.

        Yes looking at any recipe that has chocolate in it tends to make you hungry.

        Thank you so much for your comment. :) :)

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        dara60 

        8 years ago from United Kingdom

        Thanks for such interesting hub. I feel hungry now :)

      • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR

        oliversmum 

        8 years ago from australia

        wendy87. Hi. chocolate is my best friend as well.

        Thanks so much for your lovely comment,also for voting it up and bookmarking my chocolate crackle surprise recipe.:) :)

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        wendy87 

        8 years ago

        i love chocolate and that is why this hub is great voted up and bookmarked.

      • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR

        oliversmum 

        8 years ago from australia

        Mrs.J.B. Hi. Oh dear you are a strong person. I love sweets ( maybe a little too much).

        I would love to know your families opinion when your daughter gets time to make these Chocolate Crackle Surprises.

        Thank you so much for your comment. :) :)

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        Mrs. J. B. 

        8 years ago from Southern California

        I learned when I became a nutritionist not to eat sweets. My daughter loves baking so she has the recipe copied and ready to go. I will let you know how my husband and son like it.

      • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR

        oliversmum 

        8 years ago from australia

        fynxs23. Hi. They are rather nice for special occasions.

        A little sweet but tasty.

        Thank you for your comment. :) :)

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        ivyjean 

        8 years ago from Philippines

        Mouth watering..^_^

      • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR

        oliversmum 

        9 years ago from australia

        CMHypno. Hi. They are pretty tasty. The Kids seem to love them. Hope you like them if to get time to make this Recipe.

        Thank you for your nice comment. Merry Christmas. :) :)

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        CMHypno 

        9 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        These sound delicious, so I will have to get cooking!

      • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR

        oliversmum 

        9 years ago from australia

        Salt. Hi. Thank you very much.

        Sorry about that. All I can say is "go for it". There are quiet a few Recipes out and about that are similar to others that have been published. So far most of mine were given to me by my Mother.

        Thanks again for your nice comment. It is very much appreciated. :) :)

      • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR

        oliversmum 

        9 years ago from australia

        PaperNotes. Hi. Thank you so much.

        Now I am blushing. If you need a Chocolate fix, these Crackles will do the trick.

        Thanks again for your lovely comment. It made me feel good and put a big smile on my face. :) :)

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        salt 

        9 years ago from australia

        Love this one. This is one I'd actually planned to do - but you've done it and dont it beautifully!!!

      • PaperNotes profile image

        PaperNotes 

        9 years ago

        Hi there! I knew that whenever I need great sweet recipes, I have to check your hubs! You are awesome! Thank you!

      • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR

        oliversmum 

        9 years ago from australia

        Vocalcoach. Hi. Yes I'm with you, absolutely anything with Chocolate works for me.

        I do hope you and your Family/Friends like these Crackles. Maybe you will have to make two batches.:)

        Oliver is wonderful,getting more handsome every day,He sends his love to Clancey and wishes him a Merry Christmas.

        Thank you so much for your beautiful comment.:) :)and one :) :) each from Oliver.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        9 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Oh, my - Yummy. Chocolate anything works for me. I will be trying this delicious recipe and handing out to friends, neighbors and loved ones. That is...if there is any left after I have my share first. :-) Thanks sweet lady!

      • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR

        oliversmum 

        9 years ago from australia

        Getin TheKnow. Hi. They are nice, with a great chocolate taste.

        A nice sweet treat for a Party or special occasion.

        Thank you for your great comment. :) :)

      • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR

        oliversmum 

        9 years ago from australia

        Kinderhook. Hi. You are welcome.

        They are wonderful for a Children's Party, plus the colored Patty Pans really make a statement.

        Thank you for your nice comment. :) :)

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        GetInTheKnow 

        9 years ago

        That sounds so yummy! Thanks for the great recipe!

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        Kinderhook 

        9 years ago

        Thanks for this recipe--looks perfect for a party!

      • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR

        oliversmum 

        9 years ago from australia

        Hello hello. Hi. I am glad that you liked this Chocolate Crackle Surprise Recipe. It's a good one for Children's Parties.

        Thanks for stopping by and leaving a great comment. :) :)

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        Hello, hello, 

        9 years ago from London, UK

        Thank you for a great recipe.

      • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR

        oliversmum 

        9 years ago from australia

        Feline Prophet. Hi. This is a great Recipe for anybody who just loves Chocolate.

        No cooking (apart from melting the Copha). A little messy, but easy to make.

        Thanks for dropping by and leaving a nice comment. It's always great to hear from you. :) :)

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        Feline Prophet 

        9 years ago

        I can almost taste your delectable chocolate crackles! :)

      • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR

        oliversmum 

        9 years ago from australia

        TrudyVan. Hi. Me too.

        It is a great Recipe for anyone that loves Chocolate.

        Thank you for your nice comment, it was very much appreciated. :) :)

      • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR

        oliversmum 

        9 years ago from australia

        Agvulpes. Hi there. Well it was me that got a surprise when I looked in the container of Chocolate Crackle Surprises It wasn't the Kids or Oliver, so it was easy to guess who the culprit was.:)

        I am glad that you liked them. Maybe next time you will be first.

        It would be nice if others try this Recipe, but even nicer if they like them, especially the Children.

        Thanks for your great comment, Rated up and Twittering it. That was pretty special. :) :)

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        TrudyVan Curre 

        9 years ago from South Africa

        Hello there. I love Chocolate in any form love the recipe thank you for sharing

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        Peter 

        9 years ago from Australia

        Oliversmum it looks like I was too busy eating the Chocolate Crackles (I especially liked the Surprise, thank you) to be first to comment on this great Hub.

        If your other readers don't try this recipe the will not know what they are missing.

        Rated up and Twittered out :-)

      • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR

        oliversmum 

        9 years ago from australia

        Jeff and Ranay. Hi. Thank you. Your Mums Recipe sounds very interesting. Do you make it, or are you going to publish it. We love Butterscotch.

        These Crackle Surprises are nice. I hope you like them if you get time to make this Recipe.

        Thank you again for your lovely comment, it is very much appreciated. :) :)

      • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR

        oliversmum 

        9 years ago from australia

        Darlene Sabella. Hi. Yes it is a nice Recipe for Children and Adults alike, especially if you like sweet treats.

        Our Grandchildren love helping to make these Crackles, but more important to them is the eating.

        Thank you so much for your great comment. It's really nice to see you back. I do hope all is O.K with you and your Family at this time. Kind regards Oliversmum. :) :)

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        Jeff and Ranay 

        9 years ago

        This looks so good. My mother made a slight variation using dried chow mein noodles and butterscotch chips. I have to go grocery shopping today, think I will get the ingredients for this and whip some up. Thanks for sharing this tantalizing recipe.

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        Darlene Sabella 

        9 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

        A wonderful holiday surprise for friends and family, so glad I found this awesome recipe, great hub and I look forward to seeing you, it's been a while. Your friend & fan, darski

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