Chocolate Crackles are a classic Australian Kids’ birthday party food. It was rare to turn up to a party and not find chocolate crackles on the food table. These days I can understand why parents chose to make these little beauties. There are only 5 ingredients, they take about 10 minutes to make and they can be made a day or two before the party! It’s a perfect storm for party preparation!
Chocolate Crackles are traditionally made with a product called Copha. Copha cannot be bought in the US – and to be truthful, that’s not a bad thing. Copha is essentially hydrogenated coconut oil. The hydrogenating process makes the coconut oil melt at a higher temperature, which is a good thing in the hot climate of Australia. The downside is that it looses a lot of the health benefits of coconut oil.
Instead of copha, I use extra virgin coconut oil. I buy mine at Costco but you can also buy Coconut Oil
online at Amazon. There have been many discussions lately on the health benefits of coconut oil. I will not claim that these Chocolate Crackles are healthy – but by using coconut oil instead of Copha, they are definitely healthier than the original. What’s even better is that they taste the same!
If you are a chocolate and coconut lover, you are going to love Chocolate Crackles. Each bite is a crunchy sweet mouthful of chocolate and coconut covered Rice Krispies. Yum!
- 8 oz coconut oil
- 4 cups Rice Krispies
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 cup, unsweetened shredded coconut
- 3 tablespoons cocoa
- Line a muffin pan with paper cupcake liners.
- Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat. Once the oil is completely melted, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool slightly.
- In a large bowl, mix the Rice Krispies, confectioners’ sugar, coconut and cocoa.
- Pour the coconut oil over the Rice Krispies mixture, and stir the ingredients until they are combined.
- Spoon the mixture into paper the cupcake liners and refrigerate until firm.
- Once firm, store in the refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to serve.
- Rice Krispies (USA) and Rice Bubbles (Australia) are the same product. Both of these products contain malt, so if you want to make these gluten free you can easily substitute a similar cereal such as Nature's Path Crispy Rice (USA) or Freedom Foods Rice Puffs (Australia).