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Easy 10-Minute Chocolate Cracknell Recipe

4 from 2 votes
Our Easy Chocolate Cracknell Recipe is no-bake, takes 10 minutes to prep with only 5 ingredients. It's a quick cure for a chocolate craving!
A close-up shot at Easy Chocolate Cracknell baked with crispy cornflakes coated with dark chocolate. They're served with milk.

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WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE: In this irresistible Easy Chocolate Cracknell Recipe, a richly chocolatey syrup enrobes humble cornflakes to create an utterly addictive snack that will become your go-to sweet treat. And when we say easy, we mean it–we’re talking no-bake, 10 minutes to prep, and only FIVE ingredients!

  • Packed with flavor: It’s a small list, but each ingredient in this recipe—mildly sweet cornflakes, robust cocoa powder, heavenly golden syrup, rich butter, and salt—has its own distinctly wonderful taste and combines to make the confection greater than the sum of its parts.
  • Deliciously nostalgic: If you were lucky enough to have Chocolate Cracknell growing up, the amazing taste and crunch of our recipe will take you right back! And if you’ve never had it, you’re in for a treat. For more old-school yumminess, check out Traditional Irish Oat Flapjacks or Homemade Honeycomb Candy & Cadbury Crunchie Bars, and for a savory throw-back, try our unbelievably good Irish Sausage Rolls.

We all love summer, but when school’s out and you have a houseful of hungry kids, you need some tricks up your sleeve for quick, no-bake delicious snacks. Of course, it’s even better if you get the kids to help. Chocolate Cracknell will turn any child into a budding chef! The recipe is foolproof, and the result is so yummy and satisfying it will become a family favorite. For more cooking fun, be sure to check out our Kids Printable Recipe Coloring Pages. This downloadable mini-cookbook is the perfect intro to how fun and creative cooking can be.

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A plate of squares of Chocolate Cracknell is baked with crispy cornflakes coated with dark chocolate.

What is Easy Chocolate Cracknell?

  • Easy Chocolate Cracknell is a no-bake treat made by coating cornflakes with cooked golden syrup, cocoa, and butter. Once the mixture has set, it’s cut into squares. This treat is also known as chocolate cornflake cakes and chocolate hedgehogs (when made individually in paper-lined individual muffin cups.
  • Rich cocoa and the buttery, slightly caramelly taste of golden syrup elevate the subtle sweetness of the cereal. The combination of crunchy cornflakes with the smooth chocolate coating gives this confection a delightful mixture of textures.
  • “Cracknell” is a medieval word meaning a crisp biscuit or cracker. Chocolate Cracknell became popular in England during World War II rationing, when families turned to simple recipes with a short list of ingredients. This genius concoction is so delicious that it continues to be beloved in the UK and beyond.

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Key Ingredients of Cracknell and Why 

Cornflakes

  • Thin and crispy cornflakes are the foundation of Easy Chocolate Cracknell and provide its satisfying crunch.
  • Cornflakes are especially crispy because they are rolled and toasted.
  • Additionally, the sugar and malt used in making cornflakes caramelize while baking, creating a crispy caramelized coating.

Golden syrup

  • Golden syrup sweetens the Easy Chocolate Cracknell mixture and adds a warm, rich, slightly buttery, toffee flavor.
  • The golden syrup is the base of the syrup that binds the mixture together and helps it set.
  • Additionally, golden syrup gives this treat its chewiness and provides a lovely glossy sheen.
  • If you can’t find golden syrup near you, it’s a cinch to make your own golden syrup substitute with our simple recipe.

Butter

  • Butter enriches the syrup mixture, making it rich and creamy.
  • Butter adds deep flavor and a savory note that balances the cracknell’s sweetness.
  • Importantly, butterfat helps keep the cracknell mixture from becoming too dry.

Unsweetened cocoa powder

Salt

The small amount of salt is necessary to bring out the flavors.

How to Make Easy Chocolate Cracknell

  1. Prep

    Line an 8-inch (20 cm) square pan with parchment paper.

  2. Combine the ingredients

    Place the cornflakes in a bowl.
    Warm the golden syrup, butter, cocoa powder, and salt over medium-low heat until the syrup is smooth.
    Pour the syrup over the cereal and mix until evenly coated.

  3. Set and serve

    Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
    Refrigerate for at least three hours until set and firm.
    Cut into 16 squares.

Easy Chocolate Cracknell is baked with crispy cornflakes coated with dark chocolate. Two squares are served on a dessert plate with milk.

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips for Chocolate Cracknell

  • These treats need to stay refrigerated, or they can get soft.
  • If you don’t have golden syrup, make my homemade version, or you can use honey instead.
  • For a fun variation, try making these with Rice Krispies instead!
  • You can place these in paper lined individual muffin cups to set for easy serving.
  • If you are in a hurry you can let these set in the freezer for about one hour.

Make Ahead and Storage Instructions

You can make Easy Chocolate Cracknell in advance.

  • The mixture needs at least three hours in the fridge to be firm enough to cut, and it can be kept in the fridge for up to four days before serving.
  • Store leftover Chocolate Cracknel in the refrigerator for up to four days.

FAQs

  • How can I customize Easy Chocolate Cracknell?

    • There are endless ways to customize this adaptable Easy Chocolate Cracknell recipe.
    • For extra crunch, add a cup of chopped peanuts, walnuts, or another nut of your choice.
    • To add some chewiness, raisins or dried cranberries bring great texture and another type of sweetness.
    • Play with flavors by mixing in the zest of half an orange, or make it a mint chocolate tread by adding a quarter-teaspoon of peppermint extract.
    • Play up the decadence of Easy Chocolate Cracknell and stir in a cup of mini marshmallows or butterscotch chips.
    • Top it with sprinkles just for fun!
  • Is this Easy Chocolate Cracknell Recipe gluten-free?

    • Although corn is gluten-free, cornflakes may contain barley (in the malt flavoring), which does contain gluten. Be sure to look for cereal that is labeled “gluten-free.”

    A close-up shot at Easy Chocolate Cracknell baked with crispy cornflakes coated with dark chocolate. They're served with milk.

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    Easy 10-Minute Chocolate Cracknell Recipe

    4 from 2 votes
    Our Easy Chocolate Cracknell Recipe is no-bake, takes 10 minutes to prep with only 5 ingredients. It's a quick cure for a chocolate craving!
    Author: Gemma Stafford
    Servings: 16 servings
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Chill Time 3 hours
    Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
    Our Easy Chocolate Cracknell Recipe is no-bake, takes 10 minutes to prep with only 5 ingredients. It's a quick cure for a chocolate craving!
    Author: Gemma Stafford
    Servings: 16 servings

    Ingredients

    • 5 cups (7 oz/200 g) cornflakes cereal
    • cup (7½ oz/213 g) golden syrup
    • ½ cup (4 oz/115 g) butter
    • cup (1 ⅓ oz/37 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
    • ¼ teaspoon salt

    Instructions

    • Line an 8-inch (20 cm) square cake pan with parchment paper and set aside.
    • Place the cornflakes in a large bowl.
    • In a small saucepan, warm the golden syrup, butter, cocoa powder and salt over medium-low heat until the butter is melted and the syrup is smooth.
    • Pour the syrup over the cornflakes and stir until evenly coated.
    • Pour evenly into your prepared cake pan and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, until set and firm.
    • Cut into 16 squares and keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to serve. Store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

    Recipe Notes

    • These treats need to stay refrigerated, or they can get soft.
    • If you don’t have golden syrup, make my homemade version, or you can use honey instead.
    • For a fun variation, try making these with Rice Krispies instead!
    • You can place these in paper lined individual muffin cups to set for easy serving.
    • If you are in a hurry you can let these set in the freezer for about one hour.
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    Bow
    Bow
    1 month ago

    The cake was amazing and easy; I love this website and would definitely recommend!

    Amanda Dreyer
    Amanda Dreyer
    1 month ago

    Can these be made substituting the cornflakes for rice crispy cereal?

    Suzanne
    Suzanne
    20 days ago

    It was easy and fast to pull together. However, it tasted a bit flat as though an ingredient was needed.

    Pauline Gobey
    Pauline Gobey
    27 days ago

    Can I use silicone squares

    Marcon
    Marcon
    1 month ago

    Can the cornflakes be substituted with oats?

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    Hi Bold Bakers! I’m Gemma Stafford, a professional chef originally from Ireland, a cookbook author, and the creator of Bigger Bolder Baking. I want to help you bake with confidence anytime, anywhere with my trusted and tested recipes and baking tips. You may have seen one of my 500+ videos on YouTube & TikTok or as a guest judge on Nailed It! on Netflix or the Best Baker in America on Food Network. No matter your skills, my Bold Baking Team & I want to be your #1 go-to baking authority.

     

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