Homemade Clodhoppers Recipe
Originally posted December 12, 2011. Updated 12/5/2020
Here's another one of those recipes that is so minimalist in both ingredients and preparation, I'm a little embarrassed to post it.
Much like my Honey Dill Dipping Sauce Recipe, it may be simple and easy, but it's a delicious hometown memory for me.
I always enjoy exposing people to "new" ideas - even if only new to them!
What are Clodhoppers?
These are a very well known candy back home in Canada. One Winnipegger wanted to market his grandmother's candy, got together with a childhood friend of his, and got to work.
Within a few years, the candy was selling all over Canada.
The candy is apparently no longer made in Winnipeg, having been sold to a company on the West Coast - and I've since become allergic to gluten, rendering these treats toxic to me - but I'll never forget em. Super, super addictive stuff.
Was thinking of them, the other day. I've never seen them here in the USA, so I decided to create a homemade recipe for my husband. The proportions turned out beautifully!
How to Make Clodhoppers Candy
This recipe has only 3 simple ingredients - white chocolate, cashews, and graham crackers - and they whip up in no time.
Have bowls of this out at holiday parties, or package them up for a hostess gift, stocking stuffer, or "Thank you" that your friends and family will love!
This recipe only has 3 ingredients, so it’s super simple to make. With so few ingredients, though, it’s important to pay attention to them!
To get the right amount of graham chunks - and you want chunks, not “crumbs” - you’ll want to smash up about a sleeve worth of graham crackers, into bite sized pieces.
When making this batch to photograph, I I measured out chunks AND the fine particles, which makes them look as shown in these pics.
For a “prettier” candy, don’t include the fine particles in your measurement.
This may be a matter of taste, but I recommend making sure your cashews aren’t too big or too small.
Whole or half cashews would be too big, in my humble opinion.
“Chopped” cashews may be too small, depending on the brand.
I usually buy “cashew pieces”, which tend to average about ½ the size of a cashew half. I find this to be about perfect.
If you can’t find cashew pieces, you can rough chop whole or half cashews... just don’t go too wild with it!
White Chocolate Chips
The white chocolate chips coat everything and hold it all together, so it contributes a big chunk of the flavour here.
So - don’t cheap out on your white chocolate chips, if at all possible!
I generally pay the buck or two more and get the nicer brand name chips in stores.
You don’t need to go all the way to a Callebaut or anything, but something like a Ghirardelli will definitely make a difference over Hershey’s.
Just please, whatever you do... don’t use “candy melts” instead of white chocolate chips!
Before really getting started, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
This will make the whole thing easier, cleaner, and resulting in a nicer yield. (You won’t lose any candy to being stuck on your work surface!)
You also don’t want to be fussing with the parchment paper as your candy is setting up in the bowl. Things go quickly once the chocolate is melted, so be prepared!
I like to melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. I’ll go 30-45 seconds for the first blast, then stir it well and see where it is.
Stopping before it’s FULLY melted goes a long way to preventing scorching. You can’t rescue burnt chocolate, so best to avoid it!
Once the chocolate is melted, you just stir in the graham cracker bits and cashew pieces, and spread the mixture out on your prepared pan.
You can let it set up at room temperature, but I generally don’t have the patience for it. Into the fridge it goes!
Once it’s all set up, break it up into smaller pieces if necessary, and store in an airtight container - a tub or bags.
This recipe is an accurate replica of the original candy put out... but they eventually put out other flavours, as well!
Here are some ways that you can customize this recipe to your tastes.
Swap out the graham crackers for a gluten-free variety.
Because commercially available graham crackers don't tend to actually taste like graham crackers, I highly recommend using my recipe for Gluten-Free Graham Crackers.
Change out the Chocolate
Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and peanut butter were later variations, and they’re easy to make - just swap out the white chips for the same amount of either milk, dark chocolate, or peanut butter chips.
Same advice about using a nice brand of chocolate chips applies here, too!
The Cookie Variation
Swap out the cashews for an equal measurement of crushed up Oreo cookies.
If you want to be accurate, use milk chocolate for this version.... but really, this will work with any flavour of chocolate or peanut butter chips.
OMGs were a later candy put out by the same company, sold off, and - I think? - discontinued. Very similar, though.
For these, omit the cashews. Add ½ cup chopped almonds and ½ cup toffee bits - you can usually buy these in the same section as chocolate chips.
For authenticity, these came in either white chocolate or milk chocolate varieties.
Referring to my base recipe, not the OMGs variation above:
Omit the cashews and graham crackers, use 3 cups of chopped up pretzels instead.
Use peanut butter chips instead of white chocolate chips.
After the candy is spread out on your pan, melt some milk chocolate chips and drizzle it over everything.
This recipe - with a different name, anyway! - is one of many fantastic Canadian recipes in my cookbook, "More Than Poutine: Favourite Foods from my Home and Native Land”. "More than Poutine" is a Canadian cookbook like no other - written by a Canadian living away, it includes both traditional home cooking recipes, as well as accurate homemade versions of many of the snacks, sauces, convenience foods, and other food items that are hard to come by outside of Canada! Order your copy here on this site, through Amazon, or through any major bookseller!
More Canadian Comfort Food!
Whether you’re a Canadian in the US or not, we could all use some comfort food these days. Here are some Canadian Favourites!
Dill Pickle Dip
French Canadian Pea Soup
Gluten-Free Imperial Cookies
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Maple Butter Tarts
Poutine, My Way!
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Anyway, on to that recipe!
- 2 cups Smashed Graham Crackers
- 1 Cup Salted Cashew Pieces
- 11-12 oz Bag of Good White Chocolate Chips
- Prepare a baking sheet or other flat surface with a large piece of parchment paper.
- Smash up about a sleeve worth of graham crackers, into bite sized pieces. Measure two cups of the graham bits into a large bowl. I measured out chunks AND the fine particles, which makes the Clodhoppers as shown. For a “prettier” candy, don’t include the fine particles in your measurement. Add cashews, stir lightly to distribute.
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips – I usually do 45 second increments, stirring in between each.
- When chocolate is fully melted, pour over graham/cashew mixture, stir well to coat everything. Turn mixture out onto parchment paper, spreading mixture out to form bite sized chunks.
- Cool until set, store in airtight bags / containers.
More Recipes that Remind me of Gramma
Since originally writing this post, my gramma has sadly passed... but her memory lives on.
Here are a few recipes that remind me of her, whether as something she taught me to make, a replica of a retail treat we used to enjoy together, or one of my own recipes that she would request whenever I’d visit, as an adult.
Gramma's Perogies Recipe
Homemade Marshmallow Cones
Puffed Wheat Squares
Honey Dill Dipping Sauce
Paska - Ukrainian Easter Bread
Baking Powder Biscuits
Grandma's Potato Salad
Easy Butterfly Cupcakes
Breakfast of Champions
Mushroom Soup and Eggs on Toast
French Canadian Pea Soup
Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup with Gluten Free Dumplings
Beep Drink Recipe
Gluten Free Cod Au Gratin