If you’ve never had a chocolate crackle, allow me to introduce you to an iconic Australian treat. Chocolate crackles are especially popular at children’s birthday parties, along with fairy bread (white bread spread with butter or margarine and covered with hundreds and thousands [aka nonpareil sprinkles], usually cut into triangles).

You could think of chocolate crackles as the Aussie equivalent to the American peanut butter rice crispie treats, and if the fairy bread sounds unpalatable—well, that’s how most Aussies feel about peanut butter and jelly!

The crackles are easy to make, and because they don’t require baking, they’re a good activity for kids. You’ll need cocoa, confectioners’ sugar, dessicated (unsweetened) coconut, coconut oil, rice crispies and a touch of salt.

Sift the cocoa and confectioners’ sugar into a bowl to get rid of the lumps. Gently whisk them together. Add the salt.

If you haven’t worked with coconut oil before, it’s quite unique. It’s solid at room temperature, so immerse the jar in hot water for a few minutes and it will turn into liquid. Measure out ¾ of a cup and pour it over the cocoa and sugar. Whisk until smooth. Stir in the coconut.

Pour in the rice crispies and mix until they are all coated with the chocolate mixture. Mix gently so the cereal doesn’t break. Spoon the mixture into cupcake wrappers and refrigerate. The crackles will solidify, and they’re ready to eat. Yum!

If they’re not devoured immediately, they keep in the fridge for up to a week.


  • ⅔ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup dessicated (unsweetened) coconut
  • ½ tsp. salt (optional)
  • 2 cups rice crispies


  1. Sift the cocoa and confectioners’ sugar into a bowl. Whisk together gently.
  2. To melt the coconut oil, immerse the jar in hot water for a few minutes. Measure out ¾ of a cup and whisk it into the cocoa and sugar until mixture is smooth.
  3. Whisk in the dessicated coconut, salt and then the rice crispies.
  4. Spoon into cupcake holders, and refrigerate.

Yields: 12 chocolate crackles

Is this the first you’ve heard of chocolate crackles and fairy bread? What international party foods are you familiar with? Leave a comment and let us know.