I guess not. It has been a number of years since I kept a packet of Copha in the fridge just because. These days there is not a lot of call for shortening.
Copha is out of fashion, along with lard and suet and butter. It has gone the way of the jar of dripping that sat the side of my mother's stove. FAT IS BAD FOR YOU! When the dripping disappeared so did Mum's roast beef sandwich. Along with the suet went Gooseberry Pudding. Nowadays it is hard to find suet at Christmas time...and I lurve suet pudding!! But I digress.
You can't go through childhood without cooking chocolate crackles. It's un-Australian. That's what it is.
I rectified my error this very day.
Jemimah made them alone. She read the recipe (reading). She measured the ingredients (maths). She observed the way the fat melted (science). She cooked (kitchen garden). She had a ball (fun)!
You can see them in the pic. They're really quite good!
They're full of Copha. Copha is bad for you. It is solidified coconut oil and is a solid at room temperature. It's hydrogenated. That means that it is treated with hydrogen, changing the unsaturated fat bonds to saturated ones. That makes it even worser for you!
Chocolate Crackles are not healthy. That's not the point. They're delicious, and if you have them once every seven years, who cares if they're healthy or not?
I don't really need to give the recipe - it's on the Copha packet. If you can't get Copha then you can't really make Chocky Crackles. You'd better make something else instead. Something you can make and I can't...
If you're in Australia you are in luck. New Zealanders can get this wonderful product too. Yours is called Kremelta. The German version is Palmin.
So for the New Zealanders and Germans here's the recipe:
1 block Copha (250g)When did eating get so serious, I ask you. Eating used to be fun.
4 cups Kellogg's Rice Bubbles
1 cup icing sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup desiccated coconut
Mix dry ingredients.
Melt Copha over low heat and allow to cool a little. Add to dry ingredients.
Spoon the mixture into patty pans and set in the refrigerator.
Makes 24 biggies or 49 littlies. We like littlies better - the biggies are too rich for those of us who are deprived and rarely eat a diet high in fat.
As it turns out, Jemimah did know what Chocolate Crackles were once she'd tasted them. Turns out I'm not such a bad mother after all.
At least I got to eat some Chocky Crackles.