Homemade crunch cups are an easy, no-bake 3-ingredient recipe that’s perfect for a yummy chocolate treat! You’ll be amazed that they taste just like the candy! (These can also be made gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free.)
Hi friends! You ready to tackle this new week? Or are you wishing it was still Sunday and you could crawl back under the covers?
I'm feeling surprisingly refreshed for a Monday morning. We had a great time at the 100th birthday dinner for my "great aunt" (who is technically a second cousin twice removed or something crazy like that).
She's every bit as sharp and sassy as she's always been and I just sat next to her all night chatting and trying to soak up some of her wisdom. 💕
I asked her what she thinks she's done well to stay so healthy and she said spending lots of time outside.
She said she went to camp (as a camper and a counselor) every year when she was growing up and spent lots of time in her yard and tending to her garden as an adult. So I guess we all need to go get some more vitamin D! ☀️☀️☀️
But first, let's get to today's chocolate deliciousness. 🍫
I just brought you my whole wheat chocolate baked donuts and an update to my healthy chocolate chip muffins, but I just had to squeeze in one more chocolate treat before Valentine’s Day. ❤️
And these 3-ingredient homemade crunch cups are about to make all your chocolate dreams come true!
They are so easy to make - just 3 ingredients and no baking needed! - and they really taste like the candy. 👍
(Nestle Crunch was one of my very favorites as a kid but I don’t buy candy now. So of course I had to figure out how to make these myself!)
And they are the perfect small bite to satisfy that chocolate craving (and with built-in portion control so I don’t go too crazy!)
The kids of course, are always happy to see these show up.
M’s reaction to these the last time I made them: “These are SOOOO chocolatey!” 🍫🍫🍫
(I should note, the next day when I offered her one, she said they were TOO much chocolate for her. She’s in one of those stages where she can’t be satisfied. Even with chocolate. 🙄)
J on the other hand will gladly take any she doesn’t want. Atta boy!
Notes on homemade crunch cups:
- You can make these gluten-free and vegan and dairy-free by the ingredients you choose. I’ve done that before for a neighborhood party (with some boys who are gluten- and dairy-free.)
- I spray my mini muffin tin with cooking spray to help these crunch cups release easily. I let them sit on a paper towel after I take them out to remove the extra spray. (You can probably skip the cooking spray if your nonstick pan is really good.)
- Once these set up in the freezer, they can be stored in the refrigerator, in an airtight container, for up to a week. You’ll want to let them sit out for a few minutes before eating though so they aren’t rock hard.
- On the other hand, if they sit out for more than 25-30 minutes, they will start to get a little melty and messy around the edges.
- You can find some mini muffin cup liners at some grocery stores and party stores. It makes this homemade chocolate candy fun and festive for serving at a party.
I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.
Whether that means staying in with some red wine and chocolate, going out with friends or having a romantic night - all are totally acceptable ways to celebrate! 💕
Check out these other healthier chocolate treats for a fun Valentine’s Day:
- Healthy double chocolate mini cupcakes (Family Food on the Table)
- Healthy chocolate pancakes (Family Food on the Table)
- Healthy chocolate chip muffins (Family Food on the Table)
- Skinny oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (The Food Charlatan)
- Healthy chocolate banana bread (The Baker Mama)
- Chocolate strawberry and pretzel fudge cups (Family Food on the Table)
3-ingredient homemade crunch cups
Homemade crunch cups are an easy, no-bake 3-ingredient recipe that’s perfect for a yummy chocolate treat!
- 1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons melted unsalted butter (or sub coconut oil)
- ¾ cup crispy rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies or brown rice cereal)
- Spray a 12-count mini muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside. (Or use half of a 24-count mini muffin tin.)
- Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir chocolate chips with a spoon and continue to microwave in 30-second intervals until chocolate chips are mostly melted. Stir well to melt the chips completely.
- Add the melted butter and cereal to the melted chocolate and stir until well combined.
- Divide the mixture into the prepared mini muffin cups. Place in freezer for 10-15 minutes, until firm.
- Remove the chocolate crunch bites from the muffin tin and serve. Extras can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
You can make these gluten-free and vegan and dairy-free by the ingredients you choose.
I spray my mini muffin tin with cooking spray to help these crunch cups release easily. I let them sit on a paper towel to remove the extra spray.
Once these set up in the freezer, they can be stored in the refrigerator, in an airtight container, for up to a week. You’ll want to let them sit out for a few minutes before eating though so they aren’t rock hard. (But if they sit out for more than 25-30 minutes, they will start to get a little melty and messy around the edges.)
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Serving Size:1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 14gProtein: 3g
Reminds me of something similar my family makes during Christmas time, it is so delicious and I am sure this is too!
Fun! These would definitely be great at the holidays too. Anytime really! 😊
What's better than a 3 ingredient treat?! These sound great and I bet I could totally make them with another cereal in my pantry!
Right?! So easy! Hope you try them!
I could make these for the kids before they get home from school!
Absolutely! They make a great afternoon snack!
Karen @ The Food Charlatan
omg!! Homemade Crunch!!!! I love those but honestly as I've grown older I have become more snooty about chocolate quality...making these at home sounds like a DREAM!
You will love these then Karen! Definitely a great way to have a chocolate candy fix and be able to control the ingredients - and their quality! 😊
Hello! I know this recipe is a couple of years old but I have been looking for an easy recipe to do with my preschoolers. I want to involve them and have them do the actual cooking so this one was a perfect match! I have a couple of children with allergies, one of them being dairy. I was wondering with what have you replaced the ingredients with dairy?
This would be so fun to make together! Yes, they can be dairy-free; I've made them that way myself before. Use coconut oil in place of the butter and use dairy-free chocolate chips. (Enjoy Life is a brand that makes these.) I hope that helps and hope you enjoy them!