A White Christmas recipe is an Australian holiday classic. It's easy to make and a delicious kid's treat. It keeps really well, making it a tasty dessert to make in advance for when guest pop over. It's funny that Australians have a dessert called White Christmas, as there is no white Christmases here! I suppose you always want what you don't have!
Kellogg's does a great job in recipe development. Every country has their own Kellogg's recipe favourites (sometimes you don't even realize it). Alongside this White Christmas Slice, you might recognize other Kellogg's favorites like Caramel Rice Krispies Squares, or Honey Joys made from Corn Flakes.
White Christmas with Coconut Oil
A few unique ingredients in a White Christmas recipe. Copha is a vegetable shortening, made from hydrogenated Coconut Oil. I have only seen Copha sold in Australia, maybe New Zealand too. Sometimes I use Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil from Aldi instead, as I try to stay away from hydrogenated foods. If you use Coconut Oil, the White Christmas Slice will need to be refrigerated until serving. If the temperature is near 24 °C (76 °F), it tends to fall apart.
When we lived in Canada, my wife used Crisco which worked really well as a Copha substitute. Crisco? Like the vegetable shortening? That's the one! The traditional Copha is basically Crisco that's made with Coconut Oil instead of Soybean and Palm oils.
I use mostly red Candied Cherries (Glace Cherries), but it can look more festive is you add more green Candied cherries. With the red of the dried cranberries and the green of the cherries, it will look quite festive. Green cherries kind of scare me because.... cherries aren't green! I wonder how much food coloring would need to be added to make them green. I know it's strange because there would be tons of food coloring in the red cherries too. Feel free to use whatever candied cherries you can find!
White Christmas recipe is incredibly easy to make, very festive in name and colorful for the Christmas holidays. This is our version of a White Christmas in hot sunny Australia. Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
White Christmas Recipe
White Christmas recipe is an Australian favorite, easy to make, loved by kids and grown ups. Perfect for the holidays! Made with Crisco/Copha or coconut oil, dried cranberries, candied cherries, Rice Krispies and white chocolate.
- 3 cups White Chocolate chopped
- 5½ oz /150g Crisco, Organic Coconut Oil, or Copha
- 2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- ½ cup Candied Cherries halved
- 1 cup Desiccated Coconut
- 1 cup Craisins dried cranberries
Grease a rectangular slice pan, line with baking paper, allowing paper to overhang the sides.
In a large heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, melt the Organic Coconut Oil. Add the chopped chocolate and continue to heat until melted and blended together. Remove from heat and set aside.
Mix together the Rice Krispies cereal, desiccated coconut, Craisins, and Candied Cherries. Stir in the hot Organic Coconut/Chocolate mixture and mix together until combined.
Spoon in the mixture into the rectangular slice pan and press firmly in place. Refrigerate for a few hours until set before serving. Slice and enjoy.
*150g Crisco is equivalent to ¾ cup or 5oz