Chocolate crackles

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Chocolate crackles
Alternative names Chocolate bubble cakes
Place of origin Australia
Main ingredients Rice Bubbles, desiccated coconut
Cookbook: Chocolate crackles  Media: Chocolate crackles

Chocolate crackles (also known as chocolate bubble cakes[1]) are a popular children's confection in Australia and New Zealand, especially for birthday parties and at school fêtes. While some might compare them to the US Rice Krispies Treats, apart from being sweet and using popped rice they're not particularly similar - there is no marshmallow, so crackles are crispier and are not chewy, they are also generally not as sweet. The earliest recipe found so far is from The Australian Women's Weekly in December 1937.[2]

The principal ingredients are the commercial breakfast cereal Rice Bubbles, giving it texture, and desiccated coconut, giving it a distinct flavour. The binding ingredient is hydrogenated coconut oil (such as the brand Copha), which is solid at room temperature. Since it does not require baking it is often used as an activity for young children.


The recipe is relatively easy requiring only vegetable shortening, icing sugar, cocoa, desiccated coconut and Rice Bubbles (or Coco Pops). The hydrogenated oil is melted and combined with the dry ingredients and portions of the mixture are placed in cupcake pans to set, usually in the refrigerator. Sometimes these are lined with cupcake papers – round sheets of thin, rounded and fluted paper. The hydrogenated oil re-sets to give each cake its form without baking.

Variations include adding raisins, chocolate chips, mini-marshmallows, or peanut butter. Alternatives to Rice Bubbles include Corn Flakes and crispy fried noodles. Melted chocolate[3] or non-hydrogenated coconut oil can be substituted for hydrogenated coconut oil.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Edmonds cookery book, 57th ed. Bluebird Foods Ltd, Auckland NZ, 2006. ISBN 0-473-05380-2
  2. ^ [1].
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  • Jane Williams (2005-11-07). "School fetes 'pay teachers' wages'". Australian Associated Press. 
  • Buy Buy Childhood, The Newcastle Herald, 5 March 2004, accessed through Australia New Zealand Reference Centre, 5 December 2005