Easy-Make Chocolate Crackle

by psycheskinner

A sweet treat from the Antipodes.

This recipe is very easy to make and delicious. It is a traditional party food in Australia and New Zealand, especially for children. It is also one of the first recipes many children learn to make.

Ingredients for Chocolate Crackle

2 cups of rice bubbles (cereal)

3/4 cup powdered sugar (a.k.a. icing sugar or confectioner's sugar)

1/2 cup dried coconut (fine)

1 1/2 tablespoons of cocoa

125 grams of coconut oil*

ingredients for chocolate crackle
ingredients for chocolate crackle

Ingredients for White Chocolate Crackle

1 cup dried coconut (fine)

1 cup rice bubbles (cereal)

1 cup of dried fruit, chopped (e.g. cranberries or raisins)

1 cup powdered sugar (a.k.a. icing sugar or confectioner's sugar)

1 cup milk powder

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

160 grams coconut oil*

A Note on Coconut "Oil"

The product you need is not a liquid oil but a white solid similar to lard or candle wax.  The major brand names are Kremelta or Copha (which can be purchased on Amazon). However, it must be admitted that this kind of coconut oil is rather difficult to get hold of in the United States.

But it is worth it! You can replace it with a combination of melted chocolate and marshmallow, but the flavor is really not the same! It is worth the extra effort to get hold of the real thing.

mixed dry ingredients for chocolate crackle
mixed dry ingredients for chocolate c...


Place coconut oil in a pan and melt over a low heat. This will be easier to do if you cut it into small pieces first.

Combine all dry ingredients mix gently by hand until evenly distributed.

Add the dry ingredients to melted coconut oil and mixed with a soft spatula until fully combined.

all ingredients combined
all ingredients combined

The crackle sets to a solid consistency in the fridge. 

Most people drop spoonfuls into cupcake liners, I would suggest mini-cupcake liners given the calorie count.

It can also be formed in rounds on the end of a lollipop stick or used to add a layer to another recipes such as a slice or cookie.

I prefer to press the mix into a pie plate with a soft spatula, set for about an hour, and then cut into squares with a sharp knife.

This recipe is very robust and you can substitute any of the dry ingredients with something similar.  For example replacing dried fruit with nuts. You can easily add small amounts of special ingredients like sprinkles, chocolate chips or fruit rind.

You can also embellish with icing or a dusting of chocolate shavings.

If you don't like coconut this ingredient can be omitted.

white chocolate crackle in pie pan
white chocolate crackle in pie pan

The final product is solid at room temperature but it is best to store it in the refrigerator.

finished chocolate crackles
finished chocolate crackles
Updated: 07/31/2012, psycheskinner
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