Chocolate cereal animals recipe

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Preparation Time15 mins -20 plus decorating time
Cost RangeCheap

Kids will love making these chocolatey penguins, tortoises - and whatever else their imagination invents!


  • ½ tbsp butter or margarine
  • 110g pink marshmallows
  • 90g Coco Pops Rocks, plus more for decorating

For tortoise decoration:

  • Dried blueberries or currants
  • a little melted milk chocolate

For penguin decoration:

  • dried blueberries or currants
  • white chocolate buttons
  • candied orange slices




    1. Place the Coco Pops Rocks in a plastic bag and semi-crush into rough smaller pieces using a rolling pin.
    2. Melt butter or margarine in a large saucepan over a low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
    3. Add the crushed cereal and stir until well coated and, while the mixture is warm, shape into balls with greased hands, as follows:
    To make a penguin:
    1. Use approx 1 dessertspoon-ful ball for the body and 1 teaspoon size ball for the head. Stick together.
    2. Use two small balls from Coco Pops Rocks for eyes, pressing well into the head.
    3. Use two larger oval rocks for flipper wings, pressing into sides of the body. Cut a candied orange slice into three small triangles, using one for each penguin as a beak. Use a little melted chocolate to stick.
    4. Stick two white chocolate buttons on base of body for feet and one to the chest - again, using melted chocolate to stick. Leave to set.
    5. Finally, make two small blobs of white chocolate on centre of eyes and top with a small piece of dried blueberry. Leave to set.
    To make a tortoise:
    1. Use one tbsp of mixture moulded to a flattened egg shape, pointed at one end.
    2. At the other end create the head by making an indentation with a finger and push in one large oval shaped Coco Pops Rock until partially hidden. Working quickly while the mixture is still warm, press small balls around a central oval rock on the rounded top of the shape to form a shell (see photo).
    3. Use 4 large oval-shape rocks as legs and stick to each corner with a little melted chocolate. Leave to set.
    4. Finally, attach eyes using small pieces of dried blueberry.

Top Tip for making Chocolate cereal animals

Double the ingredients to make simple squares. Flatten the mixture into a baking tray and cut into squares then decorate. White marshmallows can be stretched into ghost shapes for Halloween!

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies