Best South African Chocolate Crunchies

Made with oats, coconut and golden syrup, crunchies are a traditional South African treat.

Many of us grew up with homemade crunchies, and these delicious, energy-giving treats are still a top seller at local cafés. However, crunchies aren’t well known elsewhere in the world. In Britain, oat-based squares are called flapjacks and tend to be chewy rather than crunchy. In the United States, the closest you’ll get to a crunchie is a granola bar.

So golden crunchies are among the pleasures that South Africans can call their own. They’re reasonably healthy, thanks to the good dose of fibre-packed oats they provide. They also smell simply glorious when they’re baking.

Of course, there’s one way to make crunchies even better, and that’s by adding chocolate.

South African chocolate crunchies


250 g butter or hard margarine

2 cups brown sugar

2 jumbo eggs

1 tsp vanilla essence

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 Tbsps cocoa

1 cup desiccated coconut

pinch salt

Cream the butter or margarine and sugar, and beat in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla. Sift together and then add the flour, baking powder, cocoa and salt, and finally add the coconut. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 25 minutes in a greased tray (about 34 cm x 28 cm). As soon as they come out of the oven, cover with icing, as below.


1 ½ cups sifted icing sugar

1 ½ Tbsps butter or margarine

1 Tbsp cocoa

1 tsp vanilla essence

2 to 3 Tbsps boiling water

Mix all icing ingredients in a pot over low heat, stirring continually. Once the icing is smooth, pour over the tray of warm crunchies and spread with the back of a spoon. Allow the crunchies to cool, cut into squares and then enjoy one of the best ever South African chocolate treats with family or friends.

South Africans love their chocolate, making it the perfect gift for clients, guests, friends and family. For information about our exciting range of personalised, wrapped and moulded chocolates, call us at 021-703 9374.

2 thoughts on “Best South African Chocolate Crunchies

  1. Malini Chaudhary says:

    Good day. So I made these crunchies yesterday and was little disappointed. Only after mixing in all the ingredients I realised that there was no oats & syrup in the recipe. It actually came out more like a cake and not a crunchie biscuit. My daughter has been enjoying them but it’s not what I expected it to be.

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