Fruity Chocolate Crunch Bars

I've been eagerly reading Nigella's new book 'Kitchen' over the last few nights, going through my usual post-it note ritual of marking out all the must try recipes. Nestled right in the middle on page 310, was a fabulous sounding recipe for Sweet and Salty Crunch Nut Bars (I loved the sound of using Cadburys Crunchie Bars) that I thought I would give it a go and take to our village Harvest Tea. Thinking about it some more though I decided that as they were going to be for children, I would omit the salty peanuts and then, after some further rejigging, the recipe now bears no resemblance to the original Nigella one - hence the new name. These really are addictive, so it's probably wise to make a double batch!

I am off to France with the family next week, so it might be a little quiet around here for a few days. See you all when I get back (with copious amounts of wine, cider and cheese)


| Serves: makes 16 large squares | Prep Time: 20 Minutes plus chilling | Cook Time: -  | Total Time: -  |


  • 150g dark chocolate
  • 150g Milk Chocolate
  • 125g Unsalted Butter
  • 3 x 15ml TBSP Golden Syrup
  • 220g Digestive Biscuits
  • 3 heaped TBSP Raisins
  • 4 x 40g Crunchie Bars


  • Step 1: Line a 20 x 30 cm baking tin with foil.
  • Step 2: Break up the chocolate then place in heavy bottomed pan, with the butter and syrup and melt over a low heat.
  • Step 3: Crush the digestives and crunchie bars (I used rolling pin) then add in the raisins.
  • Step 4: Sir the melted chocolate into the crushed biscuit mix then pour into the prepared tin. Smooth the top and refrigerate for 4 hour before cutting into bars.

 | Author: Beth Sachs | Date: 24th September 2010 |


  1. At least you left the Crunchie Bars in. That's the best part of the recipe in my view! LOL!

  2. Must have a look at the new book!
    Have a great holiday. xx

  3. Must be Nigella - I'm drooling! These look fab, I am sure these went down a storm. Have a wonderful holiday!

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  5. This is on my must try list. They look so moreish!

    Have a great holdiay.


  6. These are just like tiffin squares, I haven't made them for a while but they are amazing and addictive! I really like the idea of adding crunchie bars, that's genius!

  7. These look really addictive...yum. Would be so good with a cup of tea in this cold weather to bring the smiles back :) Have a fun trip. Tell us more when you return.

  8. Oh I do hope that Santa is kind to me on Christmas Morning and brings me this book - I've been a very good girl lol
    Great looking bars, can't wait to give the recipe (both yours and Nigella's!) a try.

  9. fat, upon sugar, upon more fat, upon yet more unhealthy stuff = a yum scrum treat that are probably delicious - we call it Chocolate Fridge Cake in our house (haven't ever added Crunchies before) and it rarely lasts longer than an hour after becoming set

  10. Yum - these sound delicious. Haven't got my hands on a copy of the new book yet but I bet it is good. I love her books I must admit. Have a great holiday!

  11. Oh dear god. They look SO good!!
    I'm now very hungry... x

  12. I too am going through that book tabbing pages. I've only made savoury recipes from it so far
    your bars look lovely


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