Storytime Sunday – Backpack Brittle

by, Melissa G. Christensen

“Hey, what happened to my snack?” said Ben. He pulled a sandwich baggie out of his animated-bag-and-purse-image-0030backpack. It looked brown, gooey and gross.

“Ew, what is that?” Ben’s friend Julian wrinkled his nose.

“It was my snack.” Ben frowned. “Chocolate chips, almonds, and rice cereal. Now I don’t know what it is!”

“It looks like the chips melted when it was in your backpack. I would just throw it away when we get off the bus,” Julian said.

animated-boy-image-0051It didn’t feel melted and gooey though. Ben tapped the bag. His snack felt solid, like a candy bar. He pried open the bag. The snack had morphed into the shape of the bag, flat and square. His hands didn’t get gooey though. The chocolate was completely solid. Ben noticed the rice cereal and almonds poking out of the chocolate in places.

“The chips melted and stuck everything together, but then got solid again!” Ben said.

“Cool!” said Julian. “It looks like my mom’s peanut brittle. Try it!”

Ben broke off two small pieces of the chocolate brittle. He handed a piece to Julian.

“Here goes…one, two, three!” They both crunched down on the chocolate creation.

“Mmm…this is really good!” Ben said. He crunched crunched away. “I just got some almonds and a ton of rice cereal in that bite!”

“I just got lots of almonds and rice cereal, too, and they taste awesome with the animated-boy-image-0025chocolate!” Julian said.

“We just made up a new yummy snack, Julian! And in my backpack!”

“We can call it Backpack Brittle! Let’s make this again, Ben.”

“We have to! Only, maybe next time, we make it in my kitchen, not in my backpack.”

The End!

Recipe for Backpack Brittle (No Backpack Needed!)

Prep Time: 5 minutes                                                 Total Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes 

Makes: about 10-12 pieces, about 1 inch x 1 inch each

What You Need 

  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Plate


  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup chopped almonds
  • ¼ cup of your favorite cereal

Note: Allergic to nuts, or just don’t like them? No problem! This treat tastes great without them. You can even use a second kind of cereal in place of the almonds.


Step #1 – Place chips in microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds.How-to-melt-chocolate-chips-The-Life-Jolie-4

Step #2 – Remove bowl and stir.

Step #3 – Place bowl back in microwave and microwave on high for about 35 seconds.

Step #4 – Take out and stir until all chips are melted. The chips should look like gooey chocolate sauce.

Step #5 – Stir in almonds, if using, and cereal until coated with chocolate.

Step #6 – Spoon into plate and flatten into a pancake shape, about ½ inch thick.

Step #7 – Place plate into refrigerator uncovered for at least 1 hour.

Step #8 – Remove from fridge. Your brittle will be hardened.

Step #9 – Ask an adult to help cut the brittle, or just break it apart into different shaped pieces.


About the Author

Melissa G. Christensen is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. She finds inspiration for her children’s stories from her two sons and their hilarious sense of humor. She currently works with preschool children.

Melissa lives in Rhode Island with the woods in her backyard. She swears she hears animated-dragon-image-0011 dragons in the woods at night…but maybe they are just raccoons. When she’s not worrying about what lurks in the woods, Melissa is cooking, reading or spending time with her family.

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