….I asked myself while grabbing a quick lunch in a bakery.
The description said: cornflakes, golden syrup, coconut and chocolate.
Nope. Still doesn’t ring a bell. So, of course, I had to buy one.
After I’d asked for the pork and apple pasty, I said, “and we’d like to try to the Australian Crunch please”.
The lady behind the counter gave me a funny look and asked, “is it like anything you have in Australia?”
I looked at the slice again and responded, “well no, that’s why we’d like to try it”.
She laughed and half muttered under her breath, “that’s what most Australians say”.
I just smiled awkwardly.
Once seated, I was adult enough to get through the savoury part of my lunch first. It was the nicest pasty I’d ever had actually. Although, I think there is supposed to be a traditional pasty and the rest are just fakes. Then again, I don’t know a lot about pasties. I’ve had pasties before, but I don’t like the potato in them – always seem to be undercooked.
Anywho, that’s not what this post is about. I’m here to talk about Australian Crunch.
The Australian Crunch was….well, it was bland and not all that crunchy to be honest. I struggled to taste coconut or golden syrup. It didn’t remind me of anything I’d ever eaten as a kid, but it reminded me of a really bad version of chocolate crackles.
Given this odd slice has ‘Australian’ in its name and neither Husband or I had ever heard of it, I wanted to find out a bit more.
I put the slice on Facebook, and then I googled.
Turns out, it might very well be a slice unique to the UK. Plenty of British bloggers and forum participants ate Australian Crunch growing up; often saying they had it a lot at school.
Australian forum participants and friends on Facebook said they had never heard of such a slice. Mel thought her aunt may have made something similar when she was a kid, but wasn’t too sure. I’m wondering if the ‘Australian’ part of the name comes from the cornflakes?
During my search I also found number of recipes – all different of course!
I’m currently staying in a studio apartment with a very small kitchen and not much in the way of baking utensils (yes, it was hard not to pack some and it’s even harder not to buy things whenever I go to the shop), but I’m really keen to give this slice a go. So from my search, here are a few recipes of this strange slice if you’d like to make it and tell me how it goes:
- Frugal Feeding – Aussie Crunch
- Smitten by Britain – How to make Australian Crunch
- Dolly Bakes – Back to school Aussie Crunch
PS. I regret not taking a photo before I bit into it…sorry about that.