‘Snacks that take me back to my childhood birthday parties’

Feb 16, 2021
For some it might be fairy bread, but Julie shares the sweet treats that made up her childhood. Course: Getty Images

Let’s take a tour down memory lane. When we were little children, no birthday party was complete without the traditional cute treats, known as chocolate crackles. My mother would involve us in the mixing of these taste sensations, as melted copha was poured onto the other dry ingredients.

We used the basic Rice Bubbles, later recipes did call for Coco Pops. Extra chocolate crunch, chocolate crackles.

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Chocolate crackles were a favourite party treat. Source: Getty Images

They were everyone’s party favourites, for adults and children alike. Leftovers were stored in a large tin, and were really enjoyable, eaten the next day with a cup of tea or a glass of juice or Aktavite. All those carbs, ah, lovely!

For party delights, we, the Baby Boomers, used to hanker for toffee apples, the dentist’s delight! Or our parents’ nightmare. Ripe apples were dipped into liquid toffee, then set until delectably crunchy. As I said, horror stories at the dental surgery, with chipped teeth. Toffee apples were one of the reasons for our current dentures, after numerous trips to get fillings. Classic.

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Toffee apples. Get your toffee apples! Source: Getty Images

I used to wonder, and still do, why anyone would become a dentist. Their working life must be filled with so much antipathy and angst. I know we hated ours. Much like being a football umpire, filling their daily toil with hatred and bad sentiments.

To continue on with party favourites, did you enjoy peanut brittle too? Totally crunchy for our youthful teeth enamel.

The great Australian peanut, exported everywhere. Peanuts were believed to be healthy, we ate them natural or salted all the time.

Sandwiches were smeared with generous servings of peanut butter. Peanuts were grown in Queensland, we even did school projects on them.

Our mums turned peanuts into peanut brittle, more fun for the dentist! Still, we were growing children, we were allowed such treats. Nowadays, everyone is aware of peanut allergies, and the ever present hazard of choking or anaphylactic reactions, especially in children.

I went through a stage of trying to recapture such flavours, from our world where everything was new for us. I made some chocolate crackles, finding the ingredients still available, even the paper patty cases for them. Not quite as good as they were when we made them for our childhood parties. But yummy, still crunchy, a tour along memory lane.

Ah, the old time birthday treats. This is today. Where did that cocoa powder get to? I fancy a chocolate crackle.

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Do you remember your childhood birthday parties? What treats did you have?

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