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Chocolate Crackles

Chocolate Crackles Recipe (Australian chocolate rice crispy treats)

(Australian chocolate rice crispy treats)

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Chocolate crackles are a favorite of Australian children and are often served at children's parties, especially birthdays. Because they are so easy to make, chocolate crackles are a great way to get your kids involved in cooking. Let them lend a hand!

About 24 pieces

Ingredients

  • Powdered, or confectioner's, sugar -- 1 cup
  • Cocoa powder -- 1/2 to 2/3 cup
  • Crispy rice cereal -- 4 cups
  • Unsweetened coconut, dried and shredded -- 1 cup
  • Coconut oil -- 10 ounces, or about 1 1/4 cups

Method

  1. Sift together the powdered sugar and cocoa powder into a large bowl. Stir in the crispy rice and dried coconut.
  2. Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan over low flame. Stir the dry ingredients into coconut oil until well mixed.
  3. Scoop small portions of the crackle mix into paper muffin cups. Chill in the refrigerator until firm and serve.

Variations

  • Coconut oil can be found in health food and specialty stores. If you can't find coconut oil, eliminate it and the cocoa powder, and substitute one (12-ounce) bag of chocolate chips instead. Melt gently over low heat and stir in the rice crispies and shredded coconut. It won't be quite the same without the coconut oil though.
  • Sometimes sultanas, or golden raisins, are mixed in along with the other dry ingredients. Use about 1/4 cup.

Notes

  • Some Australian kitchen terms: coconut oil is called "copha", rice crispies are "rice bubbles", and powdered sugar is called "icing sugar".

Adapted from a recipe by Heather Johnpillai

Comments

isn't copha the same as white crisco?

Crisco is the brand name of a vegetable shortening, originally made with hydrogenated cottonseed oil, now made with a variety of vegetable oils. "White crisco" is just Crisco without butter flavoring.

Copha is the brand name of a shortening from Australia made with hydrogenated coconut oil, which gives it a different flavor.

You could probably substitute regular Crisco for the Copha if you like.

NEVER..... use Crisco

Don't even attempt it... it will taste like #$%^

Windixie and Walmart carry the coconut oil

Crisco also doesn't set as hard as coconut fat does. To get the right consistency, you need a type of fat that sets hard at room temperature. Coconut fat does this, but Crisco is still soft at room temperature.

Man, I hate these things! Too fatty and rich.

??? can i use butter instead of coconut oil???? or should i just use the variation w/ the chocolate chips even though it wont taste the same??

My favorite memories of Chocolate Crackles are the coconut flavour and the consistency at the bottom of the cup cake cups, where the chocolate 'sauce" has pooled. You only get that result from using copha or coconut oil. I am sure you could use butter, but it would not be the same...

Coconut oil can be purchased at Walmart. You will find it with Crisco. Lou Ana is the brand name and it is perfect in chocolate crackles. Crisco tastes very greasy and will not set hard unless kept in refrigerator until eaten.

Coconut oil can be purchased at Walmart. You will find it with Crisco. Lou Ana is the brand name and it is perfect in chocolate crackles. Crisco tastes very greasy and will not set hard unless kept in refrigerator until eaten.

Could't find coconut oil anywhere :S
Not sure how it will go without.

hey there. coconut oil can be found in lots of specialty grocery stores ie..indian, middle eastern, i usually buy it from whole foods or trader joes. it's really inexpensive and not just good for cooking but also amazing as a leave in for hair and moisturizer for dry skin!