How to make an edible treasure chest

Follow food artist Prudence Staite's recipe for an entirely edible treasure chest, made from whole grain cereals, that you can fill with fruit.

As the third Pirates of the Caribbean movie hits our screens, delighting children with stories of pirates and stolen jewels, why not make your own edible treasure chest while letting your kids get creative in the kitchen and learn about nutrition?  

Using an easy-to-follow recipe, Prudence Staite uses a variety of Nestlé Whole Grain Cereals, which provide fibre, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, to make an entirely edible cereal treasure chest to fill with your favourite treats.

Watch the video to see how you and your kids can have fun with your own patterns and decorations. Perfect for the whole family to make together and enjoy, you’ll have some very happy little pirates indeed.


500g dark chocolate (bars or buttons)
400g sultanas
200g Raisin Oats & More
160g of lightly crushed Shreddies, which are great because this helps you get more wholegrain in to your diet
180g chopped almonds
180g sliced glace cherries
750g condensed milk (2 cans)

30g Nesquik
30g Golden Nuggets
100g dark chocolate, melted (as glue)

Selection of fruit - red and black grapes, strawberries, raspberries.


1. Break the chocolate into small pieces and place into a microwavable bowl. Melt the chocolate in the microwave on medium setting in 20 seconds blasts, stirring every time until melted, but do not get it hot.

2. Dividing the melted chocolate into 3 portions, pour it into the prepared trays.

3. Refrigerate until set.

4. Combine the sultanas, cereal, nuts, cherries and milk in a mixing bowl and mix well.

5. Remove 1 tray from the fridge and spread one third of the mixture evenly over the chocolate using the back of a spoon. Repeat with other 2 trays.

6. Bake in moderate oven for 15-20 minutes.

7. Cool, refrigerate until set, and then remove from tins onto a chopping board.

8. To assemble: Cut each slab in half across the shortest side, to make 6 pieces. Cut 1 of these in half again, to make the sides of the chest. Using 4of the pieces makes a lid, a front, a back, and a base all the same size, and 2 smaller side pieces. (6 in total)

9. Place the base onto a board and using a line of melted chocolate join the back to the base, repeat until you have attached all 4 sides. You will have to be patient and hold them together until set!  Then refrigerate until really firm.

10. Using a teaspoon put a small amount of melted chocolate on to a Golden Nugget and attach it to the box. Repeat to make a pattern. Repeat using the Nesquik.

11. Transfer to the serving dish or board and fill with the prepared fruits Rest the lid on top. (you can fix this on at an angle with a little melted chocolate if you prefer)

Prudence Staite is part of Team Whole Grain, dedicated to helping families across Britain to increase their whole grain intake.

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23 May 2011