Love Note Doodlebugs for #SundaySupper

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in #SundaySupper, Sweet Treats | 25 comments

Love Note Doodlebugs for #SundaySupper

The summer is slowly but inexorably drawing to a close, and soon the school and work routine will be back in full swing. So this #SundaySupper, hosted by Tammi of  Momma’s Meals, we’re sharing some handy back-to-school recipes to make the transition easier with quick breakfasts, lunchbox goodies and tasty treats. I’m offering love note doodlebugs – and I guess I better explain exactly what they are! 

I don’t know what you call doodlebugs, but they are basically no-bake chocolate ‘nests’ made of melted chocolate, sultanas and crushed cornflakes. That’s it. It’s an easy-peasy sweet treat that children love making, as well as eating. In my family, they’re called doodlebugs because as a child during the Blitz, my grandma was scared of the German bombing missiles, known as Doodlebugs, which would drone as they flew overhead. So her mum made these little treats with her, and said: “You don’t need to worry about doodlebugs; they’re only chocolate biscuits!”

Chocolate and cornflake cakes

They are one of the first things I ever made in my grandma’s kitchen, and even today, doodlebugs make me feel happy. Forget pimping them up with nuts, posh cereals and other fancy dried fruit: this simple combination of ingredients is the best, hands down.

Going back to school after the long holidays can be exciting and a bit nervewracking. When I was a primary school teacher, the first few days of term often saw more than a few tears as children readjusted to the classroom. Nervous parents don’t worry: they’re usually over it by break time! Still, there’s nothing better than a treat tucked into your lunch box to let you know that your loved ones are thinking of you, or a chocolatey treat waiting for you when you get back home after your first day – and that goes for adults as well as children!

So, to my doodlebugs, I added some ‘love notes’ crafted from icing. No, these are not the healthiest of treats, but once in a while, to calm first day nerves or as a Friday treat, they are ideal. I just used coloured icing pens to write different messages; you could apply it to any occasion. 

love note cakes

It’s a stress-free, fun recipe to surprise someone you love. I hope they make you as happy as they make me! 

Love Note Doodlebugs
Yields 8
No-bake chocolate cornflake cakes with a sugarcraft love note.
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
  1. 110g milk chocolate
  2. 50g cornflakes
  3. 40g sultanas
  4. 100g ready-to-roll fondant icing
  5. Writing icing pens
  1. Break the chocolate into pieces. Set 3 pieces aside, and melt the rest over a pan of simmering water.
  2. Crush the cornflakes into the chocolate and add the sultanas.
  3. Stir until the mixture comes together.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the cases and refrigerate until the doodlebugs are set.
  5. Meanwhile, roll out the icing very thinly and write your desired messages onto the icing. Cut out the messages with a small, sharp knife.
  6. If you like, you can also make 'envelopes' for decoration by cutting out larger, identical squares and folding in three of the corners. Seal the edges by brushing them with water.
  7. Once the doodlebugs have set, melt the remaining chocolate and use to stick the icing messages on.
  1. Measurements for the cornflakes and sultanas are approximate; add enough to ensure an evenly-coated mixture and little chocolate left on the sides of the bowl.
Happy Baking Days
 Back to school treats

For more back-to-school goodies to set you up from breakfast through to dinner, take a look at what the rest of the #SundaySupper gang have been cooking up: 

Back to School Beginnings

Back to School Lunches and Simple Suppers

Back to School Sips

Back to School Super Snacks

Back to School Sweets and Treats


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  1. These are such a cute treat for back to school – love them! And I love the story of how they got the name in your family!
    Katie recently posted..Parmesan Garlic Oven Roasted Chickpeas for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Katie!

  2. These are such a great idea! Love love love this and I can’t wait to share with my kids!
    Family Foodie recently posted..Good Morning Smoothies #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Isabel! I hope they like them!

  3. I like your story about how your grandma’s mom made her feel safe by cooking these special treats and calling them Doodlebugs. They look really good, and healthy too!

    • Thank you Lisa, I love that story too!

  4. What a perfect treat for school lunches or after school snacks! I love the story of how they got their name…what a scary time for your grandma. She was lucky to have such a sweet mom to calm her nerves :)

    • She is pretty good at calming other people’s nerves with her baking and stories nowadays!

  5. I used to include a chocolate kiss in my kids lunches. I love your idea even more!!
    Betsy @ Desserts Required recently posted..Open Face PB&J Cookies #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Betsy!

  6. How adorable is this?!
    Nichole recently posted..chicken + zucchini meatballs #sundaysupperMy Profile

  7. Ah, how sweet!! Perfect treat for any lunchbox!!!
    Tara recently posted..Playground Granola Bars for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  8. How cute! What a fun surprise for the kiddos to get a special note ON their snack ;}
    Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily recently posted..Peanut Butter and Jelly Popcorn #SundaySupperMy Profile

  9. What a fun idea. I love these! I have a gluten free cereal that I could use in place of the wheat based cereal. Thanks for sharing.
    Simply Gourmet recently posted..Owl Bento Box #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks! I should have mentioned I used gluten-free cornflakes – I didn’t even think about it!

  10. Oh my these are pure cuteness! What kid wouldn’t love to get one of these in their lunchbox?

  11. What an adorable idea!! My daughter would love this! She gets excited when I put notes in her lunchbox. I can only imagine her excitement with a note on a cupcake! :)
    Amee recently posted..Clean-Eating Lunches Your Kids Will Love #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • :-) I hope this makes her happy!

  12. Love this post, Katy. Sweetness sings in every note <3 From the story of your grandmother, to your experiences as a school teacher and the icing on top I love you reminder note! P.s. You make me want to go and buy a bunch of icing pens!

    • Thank you so much! Go forth and ice 😉

  13. I would have loved to get your treats in my lunch bag!
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  14. What an adorable idea!! My mom used to put notes in my lunch box and it was always fun to find them after you’ve gone through all your snacks. Kids will love this!
    Shaina recently posted..Immaculate Brownies with Chocolate Chip Cookie CrustMy Profile

  15. What a cute idea – even big doodlebugs need love notes! And how cute to do this for Valentine.
    Christy @ Confessions of a Culinary Diva recently posted..#SundaySupper – The Duffin aka Cinnamon Sugar Donut MuffinsMy Profile

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