How to Make Australian Crunch

The following is a guest post.

My recent post about flapjack prompted a Facebook follower to ask if we remembered Australian Crunch. Oh my goodness, yes, of course I do. How could I forget that delicious, chocolaty, crunchy bar we enjoyed as kids? Do you remember it?

I didn’t have a recipe for it, so made the usual call to mum, but she didn’t have one either. I think it was my grandmother who used to make it. So thank goodness for Google!

I found a forum on Jamie Oliver’s website where many Brits remembered Australian Crunch; the Australian’s on the site had no idea what it was, however! As one Australian said, “I suspect that Australian Crunch may well be a uniquely British phenomenon!”

Well, we’ll take the credit for this yummy snack! Luckily one of the people posted a recipe on the forum that I have tried and seems to be very close to the Australian Crunch I remember from my youth. Why not give it a try? It keeps well just like the flapjack does and is perfect to pack in the kids’ lunch box for snack time. They will be very grateful!


How to make Australian Crunch:


3oz (scant 1/2 cup) Sugar

3oz (3/4 cup) Coconut

2oz (1 ½ cups) Cornflakes

5oz (1 heaped cup) Plain flour

2tbsp drinking chocolate

6oz (12 tbsp) butter



For the topping

8oz (2 cups) Icing sugar

2tbsp Drinking chocolate



Melt the butter in a saucepan.

Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl (it’s better if you slightly crush the cornflakes first), add
melted butter and mix well. Grease an 8 inch square baking tin (I used a brownie tin).

Turn mixture into tin and press down firmly, bake in the centre of a pre-heated oven (375 degrees F) for 20-25 minutes.

Leave to cool.

Mix the icing sugar and drinking chocolate with a few drops of hot water to make a thick iced topping, when completely cold spread the topping evenly over the top and place in the fridge to set. When set cut into even squares.

As usual, enjoy with a nice cup of tea.

Lucinda Sears is a British expat living in Massachusetts. She and her friend Donna started a business selling British items called The Bees Knees British Imports. Read her guest posts here.


  1. says

    This sounds yummy, I will have to try this. Now I really have a good excuse to order some drinking chocolate, I’ve been craving it lately!

  2. Jennifer says

    I love everything British! So I definitely want to give this a try…however… could you Americanize the “drinking chocolate” and “icing sugar” for me please? Thanks!

  3. says

    Thanks for reading! And so glad you are trying the recipes. Hope they are working out for you. Since rediscovering the Australian Crunch it has become my new favorite!

  4. says

    Hi Jennifer, Thanks for reading! Oh, I did not Americanize those, sorry. The drinking chocolate I used is the one in the photo, basically hot chocolate mix. You could probably try Swiss Miss. You can order the Cadbury one online. Icing sugar is confectioner’s/powdered sugar. Enjoy!

  5. Sue says

    My Mum made this slice when I was a kid – growing up in New Zealand. Sometimes she would use coca or milo if we didn’t have drinking chocolate. I know it was a favourite with my school friends too, so I wonder if it should really be New Zealand slice!

  6. Veronica says

    I just took these out of the oven. They do look awfully dry. Can’t wait till they cool off and put the icing on..Heh heh..I am having some Black Puddin as we Scots call it with fried eggs..Yummy.. :-)

  7. says

    OMG, I NEED to make these! Never heard of them, but I adore coconut and anything crunchy with cornflakes in it!! Thanks for the recipe, Lucinda!! xx

  8. Kirsty Yates says

    This is a blast from the past. We used to have this for pud set school. It was the entire school’s favourite. It was served with Mint custard. Gorgeous!

  9. sam says

    This was my fave pud at school, we used to love this and there always used to be a rush to get 2nd or 3rd helpings of it before the school cook Mrs Morgan saw us.

    Just been looking for this recipe on line as have a sudden craving for it.
    Thank you so much for posting it.

    Must be a kid of the late 70s early 80s school thing.