Tanya’s Chocolate Bubble Bars

School starts back on Monday and I don’t know whether I’m happy about that or not.  Levi and Tilly are raring to get back and I’m looking forward to the house staying cleaner for longer.  I can reclaim my table on the back deck which is often used as a cubby house. But I will miss the opportunity to stay in our PJ’s for longer in the morning and will miss having more time with the kids.  But most of all I really don’t look forward to school lunches.  Every mum I’ve spoken to this last week expressed the same sentiment.

Joel’s cousin Murray and his wife Tanya live outside of Katherine in the Northern Territory.  They live and work on a cattle station with their five lovely boys.  Tanya has sent me this recipe which she used to make a lot for school lunches when the boys went to school in Katherine.

It is speedy and the kids love it.  At tuckshop they sell bubble squares which are the same thing but Tanya adds a little cocoa powder for a chocolate hit.  You could drizzle the top with a little chocolate if you like.  You would need an ice pack in the lunch box for the summer months otherwise the bars will be too sticky.  You could cut them into tiny squares for just a little treat.

Tanya works full time, raises 5 boys but still finds the time to sew for her Etsy store.  I don’t know how she does it.  She sent me this lovely bread bag and a snack bag which would be perfect for school lunches.  If you would like to win it then you need to leave a comment and tell me what you favourite sandwich filling is.  I need inspiration! A winner will be drawn Monday afternoon.

For more lunch box ideas have a look at my new ‘lunch box’ page.

tanya’s chocolate bubble bars

4 cups rice bubbles
1 packet marshmallows
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons cocoa powder

Grease or line a large slice tin.

In a large bowl mix together the rice bubbles and cocoa powder.  In a saucepan, slowly melt together the marshmallows and butter.  Then pour into the rice bubbles and mix together then press into the tin.

Sprinkle some 100’s and 1000’s over the top if you wish.  Leave to set in the fridge and slice into bars and wrap ready to throw in the lunch box.

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8 Responses to Tanya’s Chocolate Bubble Bars

  1. Cassie says:

    Hi Nat, my brain has been pondering school lunches this week too… Sushi, well at least cucumber and rice rolled in seaweed paper, was a hit at tuck shop this year. I thought I might alternate this with Vietnamese rolls, and home-made sourdough rolls for a bit. My kids are fans of flat bread with any fillings – but I think it’s going to take some swaying to get Hosea to change his all time favorite of butter and Vegemite – he adds “butter” cause sometimes I get lazy and think he’ll be just as happy with plain Vegemite – how wrong I am!… I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with – variety is the spice of life, some say.

  2. natalie says:

    That reminds me – Levi has been asking me all holdiays to make sushi. I should do some for school lunches – thanks Cassie!

  3. Dear Nat
    You know, being the fourth child I’m pretty sure my mum ran out of steam with me, because by the time I was 9, dad had to make all the lunches, and he gave up after a year and then it was up to us to get our own! Prior to that, though, all I got were soggy vegemite sangers… So I think you’re doing a great job! At Frankie’s daycare, they have a rolling roster for their meals – week A, B, C, D – by the time week D rolls around, the kids have totally forgotten week A, and then it’s back again and just like new! Perhaps, seeing as you have a feed a mini army, you could do something a bit like that?

  4. natalie says:

    Good idea Little Miss Moi!

  5. Sharolyn says:

    I have fond memories from kindergarten of:
    – salami and cream cheese
    – peanut butter and honey ( i like how the honey soaks into the bread)

    Special treat (maybe more for a weekend picnic):
    – turkey, cranberry sauce, brie and alfalfa sprouts
    We like:
    – cheese and sliced picked onions
    – cheese and chutney
    – curried egg and lettuce/spots/rocket/other green
    – chicken with mayo and greens

    Super healthy:
    – hommus instead of butter with lettuce, grated beetroot, tomato, carrot, cheese or other vegies.

  6. Sharolyn says:

    I think I meant ‘sprouts’ not spots. And I forgot to italicise the last one. I was trying to be fancy and it didn’t quite work. ♥

  7. Rachel Hockey says:

    Adelaide and I eat plain roasted turkey and cheddar cheese quite often for lunch, but to make it special I like to add a slice of apple of pear and the cheddar could be replaced with brie or another yummy cheese. I think you have the Jamie’s Dinners cookbook and Jamie has a great section of sandwiches in there. Those might not be to the kids liking, but I bet you and Joel could enjoy them 🙂

  8. Catherine says:

    Ahh Natalie, school lunches for kids (and teachers) can be such a drag or a great adventure depending how you look at it! I’m missing being back home in the classroom and checking out the ecclectic array of lunches that come in. A favourite of mine and great among the gluten-free folk is rice+corn thins topped with home-made hommus, just a sprinkling of parmesan cheese, thinly sliced cucumber, halved cherry tomatoes, and whatever else is hanging around (grated carrot, wholegrain mustard, sprouts, etc). I like to put all the ingredients in a tupperware container and ‘build’ the sandwich fresh at eating time (avoids the sadness of a soggy lunch!)
    Have fun getting back into the swing of things and I look forward to seeing your bunch when I get back x

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