December 10, 2016

Happy Christmas from Clementine Rose, Alice-Miranda and me (and a special recipe for Mars Bar Christmas Crackles!)

Hello everyone,

It is hard to believe that it’s almost Christmas because each year seems to fly past even faster than the one before. There are so many things to love about the holiday season. In Australia, it’s summer time and the weather is hot. Despite the temperature, in my family, we usually have a hot lunch on Christmas day with roast turkey and pork, ham and vegetables and of course lots of gravy followed by Christmas pudding. My mum is a wonderful cook and her Christmas dinners are the best.

We don’t always spend Christmas at home though, and in the past ten years Ian and I have spent quite a few Christmases in other countries. I adore the Christmas markets in Europe and the pop-up ice rinks you see in London. I love that it’s cold and you can wear your boots and coats and sometimes it snows. We were in Germany for Christmas a couple of years ago and it was gorgeous.

This year we will be celebrating Christmas in America for the first time. Ian, Olivia and I will be in California – so it won’t be cold like Europe but it won’t be quite as hot as it is in Sydney either. We’re all looking forward to seeing how things are done over there. I’m also looking forward to having a bit of a holiday as it’s been a huge year.

So wherever you are and however you celebrate (and even if you don’t celebrate Christmas) Clemmie, Alice-Miranda and I wish you all a fabulous time – with family and friends and remembering all the things that matter the most. Keep scrolling for the recipe down below – thanks to my friend Linda!



Mars Bar Christmas Crackles


200g Mars Bars, chopped

2 tbsp pouring (thin) cream

2 tsp cocoa powder, sifted

3 cups Rice Bubbles

Canola Spray

100g white chocolate

24 red smarties or M&M’s


Spray a little canola spray into 2 x 12 mini muffin trays.

Melt Mars Bars, cream and cocoa in a glass bowl over simmering water. The bowl should not touch the water (Best to ask Mum or another adult to help with this bit). Stir the mixture until smooth.

Put the rice bubbles in a separate large bowl, pour in the chocolate mixture and stir until well mixed.

Spoon the mixture into the muffin trays and press down gently.

Refrigerate for at least two hours then turn out onto a tray to decorate.

Melt the white chocolate in the microwave, checking and stirring it at 30 second intervals. Pour it into piping bags while warm and snip the tip off.

Turn the crackles upside down and pipe the chocolate on. Finish with a red Smartie on top of each one.





YUM, Thank You Jacqueline definitely making them.

December 11, 2016 at 9:40 am



they look and taste very delicious will write the recipe in my book and might even make for christmas day
thank you very much Jacqueline
I love your alice-Miranda and clementine rose books I have all of them and are some of favourite books

December 12, 2016 at 2:30 pm



thank you very much

December 12, 2016 at 2:30 pm



I love you Jacqueline

December 12, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    You’re very sweet Madeline! Have a wonderful Christmas and I hope to see you somewhere soon.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline x

    December 18, 2016 at 12:20 pm

Anshika Yadav


Thanks Jaqueline for the amazing recipe you posted it looks super yummy. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Love Anshika

December 13, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Anshika,

    They make lovely, thoughtful Christmas gifts! Enjoy!

    Best wishes,


    December 15, 2016 at 8:56 am

      Anshika Yadav


      Dear Jacqueline,

      I made them just as a practice and I had a taste of it. OMG they tasted so good. They were really good. Everyone that I fed them too was asking for more and more which made me popular. Don’t worry I told them you posted it!!

      Thanks Jacqueline

      December 15, 2016 at 9:31 am



Made them and they are ABSOLUTELY scrumptious. Thx v much for sharing the recipe, Mrs Harvey! 🙂

January 1, 2017 at 2:09 am



hope you had a lovely Christmas can’t wait to hear your new books

January 1, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Thanks Madeline. I had a lovely Christmas in California with my husband and stepdaughter. I hope you had a great Christmas too.

    Best wishes,

    January 8, 2017 at 7:32 am

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