South African Chocolate Crunchies Recipe & Halloween candies from around the world

Here in the USA, the Halloween tradition is trick or treating for Reese’s peanut butter cups, Snickers bars and more! But if you went trick-or-treating in another country? Maybe instead of Snickers you'd enjoy a treat like this South African Crunchies.

South African Chocolate Crunchies Recipe and Halloween candies from around the world


1 cup flour
1 cup oats
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp cocoa
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup margarine
2 tbsp syrup
1 tsp baking soda

Ingredients for Icing:

1 cup icing sugar; 1 tsp vanilla; 2 tsp milk

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients for the crunchies, except for the baking soda.
  3. Melt the butter and syrup together. Mix in the baking soda.
  4. Combine the dry and wet ingredients, mix well.
  5. Press into a medium sized greased baking pan, about 10 by 8 inches. Use the back of a spoon to press the mixture together and smooth the top.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 F.
  7. In a bowl, mix together the icing ingredients.
  8. Put in the microwave for 1 – 2 minutes, until the mixture is smooth.
  9. Pour the hot icing over the hot crunchies to cover their entire surface. 10. Cut into squares when cool.

Little Passports, the educational subscription company that teaches kids about world culture and US history, also shared this list of  “sweets from around the world” for Halloween.
  • Brazil: Brigadeiros, chocolate bon bons, were created in Brazil in the 1940s to support a candidate’s campaign who was running for President. This no-bake gooey, chocolatey, caramel-y treat is super easy to make!
  • Sweden: People in Sweden, as well as other Nordic countries, enjoy a type of candy known as “Saltlakritsis”. It is a black licorice candy that many say tastes salty!
  • Mexico: Pulparindo is a popular, spicy candy in Mexico and is made from the pulp of tamarind fruit, as well as sugar, spices and chili peppers.
  • Austrailia: One of the most popular candies in Australia is Violet Crumble. The name (as well as the wrapper color) was inspired by the chocolatier’s wife, whose favorite flower was the violet. This tasty treat is a chocolate bar with honeycomb toffee inside.
  • Hungary: Hungary’s version of the popular M&Ms candy is called Francia drazsé. These are small chocolates coated in colorful shells, and are believed by many to be “the original M&Ms”.

Isn't it great to learned Halloween information about another culture and country?

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