Australian Childhood recipes. Chocolate Crackles
It all started with a discussion on shortages in supermarkets.........
Rice Crispies made me think of Rice Bubbles, which is what is sold here in Australia.
Which made me think of Chocolate Crackles and here we are.
This was a standard growing up at Primary school here in Oz.
That and home made toffees, cup cakes next in line. Store bought licorice was popular too but I have a life long love hate thing going with those.
All the Mums had these mastered as the school would sell them at fetes etc for a little money to help things along.
You can use muffin paper cups or cup cake paper cups.
I prefer the cake paper cups as the muffin sized ones can put you into a coconutty chocolate coma. heh.
Australian Chocolate Crackles
1 block of copha (250gm) (This is coconut shortening. Its a solid block sold near the butter, shortening products in the refrigerated section).
125 gm (1 cup) icing sugar
60gm (1/2 cup) cocoa powder
4 cups of rice bubbles (rice crispies)
100gm (1 cup) of desiccated coconut.
If you have muffin or cup cake sized baking trays, get them out and set aside. These will help keep your chocolate crackles nicely shaped.
Otherwise place something long and high like a roll of baking paper on the side of a flat baking tray/platter and lean the paper cups you've filled against it and pack them close together to discourage spreading.
They will go into the fridge, not the oven.
Sieve the icing sugar and cocoa into a large mixing bowl.
Stir in the coconut and rice bubbles and mix together.
Melt the copha in a small saucepan and when fully melted pour over the rice bubbles and stir into the dry ingredients until coated.
Spoon carefully into the paper cups you've chosen. Be careful as the mixture will still be quite hot.
The whole kitchen will smell wonderfully chocolatey.
Put them into the fridge for a couple of hours and then they are ready.
They are nice warm but they fall everywhere. Eat them with a coffee spoon.
Some Mums would sprinkle cake hundreds and thousands coloured toppings on top.
This is copha.
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