Cooking with honey

Honey Rice Bubble Crackles

Crispy, sticky and delicious, this is one of the first recipes that springs to mind when I think about cooking with honey. It is such a Kiwi classic and probably one of the first things I learnt to cook.

I’m sure most New Zealanders will remember this recipe fondly from their childhood, and it is so simple and quick to make.

Call it a slice, crackles, honey joys or whatever you want, this party favourite is a hit with all ages.

Honey treats

They’re easy, the ingredients are always in the house and it can be set and ready to take in half an hour if need be! Whether you make them as a slice or in paper cases, these honey treats are a very handy recipe!



In a large sauce pan gently heat the butter, sugar and honey over a low heat.

rice bubble honey crackle sliceBe sure to scrape the sides so the sugar does not burn. Stir constantly to ensure it does not stick at the bottom until it begins to boil. Then, stirring occasionally let the brew boil for just under 5 minutes. You will notice the colour and smell begins to change and the consistency becomes slightly sticky.

Remove from the heat and add the Rice Bubbles and mix well. In our house, we used cupcake cases and spooned the mixture into them and then set them aside to cool in muffin trays (well most of them). You’ll need around 24 paper cases.

Alternatively, you can pour the mixture into a lined 20 x 20 slice pan and set aside or put into the fridge to cool.

Once almost cooled, remove the slice from pan and cut into the size you want.

As kids, we loved this recipe as a treat and they always well down well at parties – with the grown ups as well as the children.