Cherry slice

Cherry slice
Cherry slice Photo: Natalie Boog

These recipes are guaranteed to take you back to the good old days when pocket money was spent at corner stores on Scorched Peanut Bars, Wagon Wheels or the uniquely Australian Cherry Ripe - first made by MacRobertson's in 1924.


600g dark cooking chocolate, chopped

500g desiccated coconut

100g copha, melted

395g can condensed milk

150g glace cherries, chopped

Few drops red food colouring


Melt half the chocolate and spread evenly over the base of a foil-lined 30x20cm cake tin. Rest, covered, in the fridge until set. Place coconut, copha, condensed milk and cherries in a large bowl and stir well to combine, add a few drops of food colouring and mix until evenly coloured. Spoon coconut mixture over top of chocolate and use the back of a spoon to press evenly. Refrigerate until set.

Melt remaining chocolate and spread evenly over coconut mixture and return to fridge until set, then cut into bars with a warm knife.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge.