Guess what, everyone? My UK visa has been approved! I was pretty worried for a while that it would be denied, but everything has gone through with no problems, so I’m super relieved. I had to get a new visa because I was previously on a ‘Working Holiday’ visa which only lasts two years. My work loves me so much that they decided to sponsor me to stay. I obviously love them enough to come back. Because seriously, do you know how hard it is to leave this?
While I’m excited to be going back to London (am I really though when it hasn’t stopped raining since I left 7 weeks ago?!), I’m going to miss Australia. No matter how many countries I visit or live in, it will always be home to me. One of the things I’ve loved most about being home is being able to go into the supermarket and get exactly what I want. Most of it is just things that I grew up on that aren’t sold in the UK or are just a bit different there – confectionery, dips, yoghurt, biscuits or crackers, donuts and a hundred other things from the bakery section, but there’s also one cooking item that I wish I had every now and then over there. It’s called Copha. Wikipedia says it’s a form of shortening made from hydrogenated coconut oil, but all I know is that it’s found in the butter section at the supermarket and makes a delicious munchie that Aussie children grow up on at birthday parties – chocolate crackles.
It’s also used to make another favourite childhood snack of mine – Mars Bar Slice. This is going to get a little confusing for my American friends now because in Australia and most other countries a Mars Bar consists of a nougat layer, topped with caramel and then completely covered in chocolate. Sound familiar? That’s because it’s almost identical to the American Milky Way bar. To the rest of the world though, a Milky Way is a chocolate bar that contains only nougat covered completely in chocolate, no caramel. Sound familiar? That’s because a Milky Way is very similar to the American 3 Musketeers bar.
Oh, my head hurts. I feel like I’m going in a circular motion here. Anyway, American friends, all you need to know is that when I say Mars Bar, I’m talking about your Milky Way bars. Canadian friends, you guys take a bit from America and a bit from the rest of the world, so I’m not really sure where you stand. Friends from the rest of the world, I’m talking about a Mars Bar.
Glad we’ve got that straight now. This no-bake slice is a great recipe that kids can help with and is similar to a chocolate Rice Krispie bar without the marshmallow. It’s full of chocolate and caramel goodness and is super simple. From what I’ve read, the amount of Copha is minimal in this recipe and can be left out completely if you don’t have any.
Mars Bar Slice
Prep Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
50g butter, chopped
1 tbsp golden syrup
210-240g Mars Bars, chopped and divided (depending on what size they come in where you are, I used 12 (18g) fun sized Mars Bars)
3 cups rice bubbles/krispies
250g milk chocolate
20g Copha (optional)
- Grease and line a 15cm x25cm baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
- In a medium saucepan over low heat, add butter, golden syrup and three-quarters of the Mars Bars, and cook stirring until everything has melted and is smooth, approx. 7 minutes. Remove from heat.
- In a large bowl, add rice bubbles/krispies and remaining chopped Mars Bars. Using a wooden spoon, stir to combine, then add butter mixture and stir well, so that every rice bubble is smothered in the mixture. Spoon into the pan and and smooth surface. Refrigerate for 1 hour to cool completely.
- Melt chocolate and copha in 30 second intervals in the microwave or over a saucepan of boiling water in a heatproof bowl. Pour evenly over slice and refrigerate for about half an hour to set fully before cutting into squares.