Sweet Saturday

Sweet Saturday

First in an occasional series featuring sweet things I’ve made (or, in an emergency, eaten!).

Chocolate Snap Bars

(adapted from a Kellogg’s Rice Kripsies recipe to make FODMAP-friendly)

Cross-section showing how the chocolate runs into the spaces at the top of the bars.

Ingredients:

  • 100g butter
  • 40g agave syrup, honey, golden syrup or maple syrup (latter 2 are FODMAP-friendly)
  • 1 tbsp sugar (unbleached caster)
  • 150 g puffed rice cereal
  • 200 g chocolate (I used Green & Blacks dark 75% cooking chocolate)
Making the caramel

Equipment:

  • An 8″ square tin, lined with waxed paper and/or greased
  • A saucepan large enough to comfortably hold 150g of puffed rice (tip: weigh the rice into the pan to make sure it fits) OR a large mixing bowl into which you can pour the caramel over the cereal
  • Glass bowl for melting chocolate (either in the microwave or over a bain marie)
  • Wooden spatula or spoon
  • Sharp serrated knife
The rice, having been mixed with the prepared syrup, is packed into an adjustable cake tin

Method:

  1. Put sugar, syrup and butter into a large saucepan and cook over a low to medium heat. Stir frequently with spatula. Once the sugar has melted, raise the temperate and boil the mixture for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. The butter/sugar mix will change colour to a soft orange/light brown.
  2. Immediately take off the heat and gently stir in the puffed rice. Poor/scoop mix into prepared tin. Tamp down as much as possible without crushing the cereal.
  3. Melt chocolate using preferred method and pour over rice.
  4. Allow to cool and cut into squares (once the chocolate is partly set, you can score it with a knife as a guide for later).
The casualties of the slicing!

Notes: When I came to cut this I used a bread knife. This made the rice mix crumble and not all of the bars survived in tact! I switched to a very thin, very sharp serrated knife and this worked better.

NB: I am not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned in the recipe. Citation/credit given where due. All these photos are my own.
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