Chocolate Crackles are pretty much the figurehead of traditional party foods in Australia. The traditional recipe was first published by the Australian Women’s Weekly back in the 1930s and I have vivid memories of eating them as a party food when I was a child in the 70s. Truly, a birthday party is not a birthday party without chocolate crackles! Now having a child with food intolerances sometimes makes these classic childhood foods a bit more of a challenge but I quite enjoy the challenge of adapting recipes to suit her needs while still providing her with a classic childhood experience. These chocolate crackles are a case in point. While they still contain sugar, and so can not be truly defined as ‘healthy,’ I have adapted the traditional recipe to be a little healthier (with less sugar) and a lot less processed. And you know what, when I served these at AJ’s second birthday party a few months ago not one of the adults who grew up with the traditional Chocolate Crackle could even tell the difference, there may even have been some grown ups who went back for seconds!
For those catering for children with allergies or intolerances, this recipe is egg, dairy, corn and nut free and can be made gluten free as well (please see allergy notes below).
Hints & Tips
- Puffed rice is available in the health food aisle of major supermarkets or from health food stores. Please read the nutritional information available on the packet of the individual product to ensure that it is gluten and nut free, although rice is gluten and nut free some brands of puffed rice are manufactured on equipment that may cause cross contamination
- In Australia, pure icing sugar that is gluten and corn free is available in supermarkets. Most icing sugar mixes are not gluten and/or corn free. Again, please read the nutritional information on the packet to ensure suitability.
- Gluten free cocoa is also available. Again, please read the nutritional information on the packet to ensure suitability.
- When catering for children or adults with allergies and intolerances it is essential to ensure that all ingredients are actually allergen free. Please ask the affected person or their family for advice if you are at all unsure.
What classic party foods do you remember from your own childhood?
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