Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Chocolate Crispies

These are one of our children's favourite sweet treats!  I can always be sure that they'll ask me to make a second batch, whenever I make them.  Fortunately, they are so quick and easy - with really no cooking involved, that it's no trouble at all to make them in a few minutes, and not much washing up afterwards either.  These are a snack that can easily be made with your children - we've made them so many times that I don't need to follow a recipe, and both Little Bear and Cubby also know how to make them, though they insist that Mama's crispies taste the best!

To make your own chocolate crispies this is what you need to do ... 

You'll need:-

100 g plain chocolate
100 g milk chocolate
50 g butter or margarine
3 tablespoons golden syrup (if you can't get hold of this, use dark corn syrup instead)
100 g cornflakes

1.  Start by preparing a 12 hole cake or muffin pan by lining it with paper cupcake or muffin cases (no need to grease first).  If you use muffin cases you can easily double the quantities stated above - I often make quadruple!

2.  To melt the chocolate and butter or margarine you can either microwave them, which is much quicker, or use a double-boiler (a bowl placed over a saucepan of boiling water) on your stovetop.  Either way will work fine.  Break the chocolate into the bowl and add the butter or margarine.  If you are microwaving place in the microwave and heat on full power for a minute or two - watch it carefully so that it does not burn, and remove before the chocolate is fully melted.  If you use a double boiler, stir gently until the chocolate and butter or margarine are completely melted.

3.  Remove from the microwave or stovetop and stir thoroughly to ensure that the ingredients are well combined.  Add the golden syrup and stir again (some recipes suggest you melt the golden syrup with the chocolate and butter or margarine.  You can do this, but if you do, your finished result will be crisper than if you add it after melting.  We prefer them done this way - set on the outside, and chewy in the middle). 

4.  Measure out the cornflakes and place them in a large bowl, then pour the chocolately mixture over the cornflakes and stir very thoroughly (you may find that some of the cornflakes crumble a little, but this won't matter).

5.  Place the mixture in equal portions in the cupcake or muffin cases and put aside to set (this will take about 2 hours, more in warmer climates).  Don't place in the fridge.  You can embellish them as I do if you like with sprinkles, glace cherries etc.  And of course this base recipe could be tweaked in so many ways!  Try it with different kinds of cereal - even granola will work - or add some dried fruit or coconut.  To make them healthier you could use branflakes and at Christmas they are fun with white chocolate and dried cranberries, with glittery sprinkles.  Enjoy!

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