Clodhoppers Recipe: Cheap, Quick, Easy, ADDICTIVE Candy!

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 hometown memory for me.

I always enjoy exposing people to “new” ideas – even if only new to them!

Clodhoppers 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.

homemade clodhoppers candy

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 version for my husband. The proportions turned out beautifully!

Clodhoppers have 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!

how to make clodhoppers


Graham crackers
1 cup salted cashew pieces
11-12 oz bag 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 airtights bags / containers.

clodhoppers recipe

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Author:Marie Porter

Marie is an award winning cake artist based in Minnesota's Twin Cities. Known as much for her delicious and diverse flavor menu as for her sugar artistry, Marie's work has graced magazines and blogs around the world. Having baked and designed for brides, celebrities, and even Klingons, Marie was proud to share her wealth of baking knowledge in her two cookbooks: "The Spirited Baker" and “Evil Cake Overlord”. Marie has also authored a book about her experiences surrounding the 2011 Minneapolis tornado: "Twisted: A Minneapolis Tornado Memoir"

9 Responses to “Clodhoppers Recipe: Cheap, Quick, Easy, ADDICTIVE Candy!”

  1. Hiyasmin
    August 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    Hi Marie! I’m from Winnipeg and I used to buy clodhoppers all the time. Thanks for your homemade version. The founders of Clophoppers, Chris and Larry, now have a new candy on the market, made in Winnipeg again. It’s called OMG’s and it’s made with graham crackers, almonds and toffee bits covered in either dark or milk chocolate. Very yummy! If you’re ever in Winnipeg, pick up a bag for your family!

  2. Nathalie
    October 4, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    Hi Marie,
    Thank you for this post! I have been craving Clodhoppers for months now and can’t find any in Montreal. It’s just one of those nostalgic treats that can’t be substituted for anything else. I have tried OMG’s and while they are good… they are not clodhoppers. Can’t wait to try your recipe. 🙂

    • October 4, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

      Hi Nathalie,

      What are OMGs?

      You’ll have to let me know what you think of my Clodhopper recipe – depending on the white chocolate you use, it can be *bang on*!

  3. Christy
    January 20, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    Thank you for your recipe!

    OMG’s are essentially the new Clodhoppers made by the old Clodhoppers guys with chocolatey graham clusters with almonds and toffee bits! They are awesome, you must pick up a package or two when you’re back in Canada (I’ve seen them in loblaws, metro, shoppers, pretty much anywhere in Canada)!

  4. March 20, 2015 at 6:28 pm #

    Hi Marie, ladies. I love OMG’s but they are all but cost prohibitive. However, they do sell them in the U.S. I found both flavors at Walmart but couldn’t find them on the cookie aisle today. I forgot which section they were in before, so they have may have been in the candy area.
    I read they were formerly called Clodhoppers, but I see on here the ingredients are a bit different. I’m looking forward to trying your recipe — with walnuts.

  5. Janine
    December 10, 2015 at 10:14 am #

    How long will they store for? Should you freeze them?

    • October 4, 2016 at 11:24 am #

      Probably a few weeks? I don’t know, they’re always gone long before they can go bad.

  6. Jill Willoughby
    October 9, 2017 at 9:02 am #

    You can buy Clodhoppers in the Bulk Barn. They are delicious.


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