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Never-fail cocoa bars

These cocoa bars won’t fail to satisfy the sweetest of teeth


I feel a bit guilty offering this as an actual recipe since, let’s face it, it’s not exactly rocket science. However, I will justify doing so by the fact that cocoa bars represent ideal student cuisine: they are cheap, easy, require no specialist equipment and – perhaps most importantly – create very little washing-up.

If you don’t get the quantities right, they simply don’t work (or at least they didn’t when we convinced ourselves we could make them from memory in halls!)


140g Milky Way bars
15ml golden syrup
50g butter
125g cocoa puffs
50g raisins (optional)
150g chocolate


Melt the Milky Way bars, golden syrup and butter together. You can either do this in the microwave or on the hob (in a bowl over a pan of simmering water.)

Mix in the cocoa puffs and the raisins if you are using them. Pour into a 20cm cake tin lined with cling-film and gently press the mixture against the edges. Leave to set in the fridge.

Meanwhile, melt the chocolate (again, either in the microwave or on the hob) and then pour on top of the base. Put back into the fridge to set.

When ready, cut into bars.

Adapted from a recipe by Tesco.