For all the gorgeous chocolate cakes around (and there are many), I still have a soft spot for these crunchy, chewy little cakes. I include them partly because when looking for a recipe for them recently, I found it surprisingly difficult to find one. Oh come on, don't tell me you don't like them - so get COOKING!!!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
15
Yield:
15 treats
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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a saucepan over low heat, combine the butter, golden syrup and chocolate. Cook and stir until butter and chocolate have melted and everything is well blended. Mix in the cornflakes cereal. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto waxed paper or a buttered baking sheet. Place in the refrigerator until set, about 15 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

95 calories; protein 0.9g; carbohydrates 12.8g; fat 5.1g; cholesterol 7.1mg; sodium 59.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2005
Easy yummy and gluten-free. I didn't know what 'golden syrup' was so I used corn syrup and got great results:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/18/2010
the recipe was very easy to navigate around but despite the fact that the choc coated cornflakes were left to set overnight it was not solid as it slides off each cornflake! might need to freeze it i guess Read More
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42 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2005
Easy yummy and gluten-free. I didn't know what 'golden syrup' was so I used corn syrup and got great results:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2006
These are awesome and so easy to make. Golden Syrup isn't too hard to find. Any grocery store should have it. I scoop the warm flake mixture into a 1/4 cup measuring up and flip them over on my baking sheet. Then they're all the same size. You can get 9 scoops out of it that way. Try it this way too (for those who like peanutbutter and chocolate!) instead of the 3 &1/2 tbl of butter use one tablespoon of butter and 3 to 4 table spoons of peanutbutter (i like to use Adam's creamy). Just put it all in a pan and let it melt together. YUMMY Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2006
Yum! I was going to give this 4 stars but I'm giving a bonus star for this quick easy recipe of ingredients I had on hand...you saved me from having to resort to eating chocolate chips out of the bag! I used mini chocolate chips and they melted really well. Also as a previous review mentioned I had no idea what golden syrup was so I used corn syrup (thanks previous reviewer!). I've since looked up golden syrup and apparantly it's a syrup similar in taste and appearance to honey. It can be used as a substitute for either honey or corn syrup. In the future I may try this recipe with honey instead...that might add an interesting flavor and be closer to the taste of the original recipe using golden syrup. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2007
I just wanted to tell you all that Golden Syrup is GOLDEN EAGLE syrup. It is golden and can be found in the syrup isle of any grocery syrup. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2007
My mom and I have been making these since I was about three. I love these "nests" as we called them. Just a note to a few people: Golden Syrup is NOT the same thing as honey. You can buy Golden Syrup at Bristol Farms or at British Stores. Anyway these are the best tasting cakes especially at Easter. I recommend putting Cadbury Chocolate mini eggs on top to make them nests. You can buy mini-eggs at Ralphs any time around Easter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2005
I tasted these while they were still hot and I wasn't too impressed... but after they were refrigerated for a while I couldn't stop eating them! They're more like candies than cakes but very easy and delicious. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/22/2007
made these using some 'store brand'cornflakes i had leftover that no one seemed to eat. They were gone overnight;) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/29/2005
OH MY GOSH!! I remember having these at the neighborhood christmas party when I was a little kid! I LOVED THEM!! Only the woman who made them used green chocolate melts and would sort of shape them to look like a holly leaf (kinda)and add a cinnamon candy (red hot) to the center for holly berries. Thank you for posting this! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2009
Thank you I have been craving these since I left home! I have been using your recipe for a couple of years now. In Ireland we call it Chocolate Cracknel (sometimes spelled Cracknell/Kracknell). When I was a kid we would get Chocolate Cracknel as the dessert in school dinners at least once a week. The dinner ladies would make it in big large 13x9" trays and they would cut them into squares and pour hot English custard over it with a scoop of ice-cream. Because it is my biggest pot I use my pressure cooker (with the lid off) on very low to melt the chocolate butter and golden syrup (Karo syrup is the best US substitute) stirring with a wooden spoon. Once totally melted I take my pressure cooker pot off the heat and add the cornflakes and mix in the cornflakes. Using one pot to melt the chocolate etc and mix the cornflakes saves washing more dishes. I use the 15 serving version of this recipe and put it in a 8 or 9" pie dish and cut into triangles or put it in a 8 or 9 " square pan and cut into squares. For my little one I take a 2 teaspoon mini ice-cream scoop and scoop them into mini paper muffin cups. Once cooled Chocolate Cracknel (if well hidden) can stay fresh in a sealed tin up to 2 weeks. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/18/2010
the recipe was very easy to navigate around but despite the fact that the choc coated cornflakes were left to set overnight it was not solid as it slides off each cornflake! might need to freeze it i guess Read More
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