Japanese Crisp Choco Bites: Guilty Pleasure Morsels

My mother discouraged snacking when I was a child. (A policy I’m hugely thankful for now that I know just how little willpower I have.)

However, among the few tidbits allowed during my Singaporean girlhood — as just an occasional treat — were Japanese cookies and chocolate snacks.

These bite-sized morsels were adorable — panda-shaped cookies filled with oozy strawberry filling, thimble-sized chocolate “hamburgers,” tasty biscuit sticks I’d pretend were cigarettes as I held them between two fingers, slowly nibbling them down to nubs. But my favorite was something very basic: Crisp Choco, a milk-chocolate pizza-like pie made with compacted chocolate cornflakes.

In the grand scheme of things, this snack doesn’t seem terribly sinful — it’s not a rich molten chocolate cake or mound of bacon, after all. But it was a treat that we looked forward to — one I count as a guilty pleasure I now allow myself just a few times a year.

So when my Let’s Lunch bunch decided on sharing a guilty pleasure for our virtual lunch date this month, Crisp Choco it was …

Now, if you get your hands on a Crisp Choco …

… you’ll see that it looks rather different from my picture above. That’s because when I tried to fashion my melty chocolatey cornflakes into a flat pie, it resembled, well, something rather unappetizing. So, into little decorative cups my cornflake mix went instead.

Now these are ridiculously easy to make — you melt some butter, chocolate and honey or golden syrup in a pan, stir it until that’s nicely mixed, then pour that over cornflakes and mix that well. After 10 or so minutes in the fridge, this guilty pleasure will be ready to go.

The only problem is, these can be a little addictive. But you know, that’s just part of what makes them a true guilty pleasure.

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Don’t forget to check out other Let’s Lunchers’ guilty pleasures below! And if you’d like to join Let’s Lunch, go to Twitter and post a message with the hashtag #Letslunch — or, post a comment below.

Annabelle‘s Figs and Ricotta With Honey at Glass of Fancy

Anne Marie‘s Breakfast Club Sammy at Sandwich Surprise

Betty Ann‘s Purple Yam Jam at Asian In America

Emma‘s Homemade Biscuits & Sausage Gravy at Dreaming of Pots and Pans

Grace‘s School Cafeteria Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars at HapaMama

Linda‘s Dark Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Raspberries & Lemon-Scented Cream at Spicebox Travels

Linda‘s Cheesy Puffs at Free Range Cookies

Lisa G‘s Mars Bar Slice at Monday Morning Cooking Club

Lisa K‘s Nutella Cookies at The Little Good Ride

Lucy‘s Velveeta Apple Casserole at A Cook and Her Books

Margaret‘s Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes at Tea and Scones

Tammi‘s Healthy SPAM at Insatiable Munchies

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Japanese Chocolate Cornflake Snacks

Ingredients:

  • 3 TB unsalted butter
  • 4 TB honey or golden syrup
  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks
  • 2 3/4 cups cornflakes

Directions:

Place cornflakes in a bowl and lightly crush them — don’t want to have giant flakes but you don’t want crumbs either.

Heat butter, chocolate and honey or golden syrup in a pan over low heat, stirring frequently, until melted and well-mixed. Pour the mixture over the cornflakes and mix well until the flakes are all coated.

Either do tablespoon-sized drops of the mixture onto waxed paper placed on a baking sheet or spoon it into tiny paper baking cups. Or, if you’d like, form it into a 1/2- to 3/4-inch thick flat round, just like the snack.

Cool this in the refrigerator until it’s set, about 15 minutes.

 

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19 Responses to Japanese Crisp Choco Bites: Guilty Pleasure Morsels

  1. Yours look great – perfect for a little afternoon pick-me-up. I’d love to try the original Crisp Choco as well…looks very interesting!

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  5. They look addictive indeed. Can’t take my eyes off these Japanese Crisp choco bites. Bookmarked this so I can make some for the family. It was fun doing #LetsLunch again with you. Thanks for the blog love and support, Cheryl!

    • Cheryl says:

      Loved YOUR guilty pleasure … I’m going to try and make it as soon as I’m in my own kitchen again! My MIL loves purple yams. Maybe I’ll surprise her with this…

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  7. Cookievore says:

    I don’t know,looks kind of healthy. What a great package!

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  9. Anne Marie says:

    Once again, the Japanese and Cheryl prove to be geniuses. And morsels and guilt cancel each other out, so we can scarf these down with impunity!

  10. Lucy says:

    So cute and easy ~ a guilty pleasure that will definitely get a tryout in my kitchen!

  11. Margart says:

    Yes, these are addictive. I make them but not often. Sometimes I used Peanut Butter instead of chocolate. I like the little mounds!

  12. Made these with/I mean FOR my kids tonight– so scrumptious and so easy! Thanks for dessert, Cheryl!

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