A kids’ birthday party or school bake sale is never quite complete without a collection of chocolate crackles. These crunchy little treats have been enjoyed by Australian kids for decades, and have earned their place alongside nostalgic classics like fairy bread and honey joys.
Aussie’s love for choc crackles doesn't stop at parties and fetes, it's made its way into special occasions throughout year. From kids’ party crackles, to Easter bunny crackles, to White Christmas treats, you’re bound to find a plate of them wherever there’s something to be celebrated.
They’re traditionally made with rice bubbles, Copha, icing sugar, cocoa powder and desiccated coconut. Their simplicity is part of what makes them so great. There’s no baking involved in the recipe, only melting and stirring, so they’re a great kids’ activity.
Nowadays there are plenty of creative variations and ways to decorate them, like these Dark Cherry Chocolate Crackles and lots more recipes below.
What makes the Best Chocolate Crackles
The best chocolate crackles:
- Hold their shape at room temperature - This makes them easy to pack up and take to picnics, BBQs, parties, fetes and bake sales, where kids (and adults) can crunch away without them falling apart. Copha is great for ensuring your chocolate crackles keep their shape because it remains solid at room temperature.
- Are extremely crunchy - Rice Bubbles provide the best crunchy texture, so they're the classic choice for crackles.
- Have great chocolate flavour - The right ratio of sugar and cocoa powder ensures a rich chocolate flavour that both kids and adults enjoy.
- Easy to make - Classic chocolate crackles don't need to be baked, which makes them a great kids' activity that can even be made in the classroom.
This recipe for chocolate rice crackles is all of the above! They’re so easy to make, give them a go.
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How to Store Chocolate Crackles
Chocolate crackles will last in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 days, but they're best kept in the fridge to keep their crunch.
Chocolate crackles will keep well in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
You can freeze chocolate crackles too, let them harden in the fridge first, then wrap individually in plastic wrap or place in a container with paper between each layer of crackles. Freeze for up to three months.
Let them defrost in the refrigerator or at room temperature.
Since they store well in the fridge or freezer, it makes them a great choice to make ahead for parties.
See more recipes for these childhood favourites below!