A Christmas Recipe From the News Desk

Jo Hall's White Christmas Slice family recipe.

White Christmas slice has always been synonymous with the festive season and for Nine News Border Northeast presenter, Jo Hall, this dish is one of the only sweet treats she truly enjoys.

This recipe was inspired by Jo’s mother who made the dish every year for the family Christmas celebration.

While Jo’s mother is no longer with us, the popular media personality still enjoys the taste of White Christmas slice and the fond memories that come with it.

Jo Hall’s White Christmas recipe

Makes 24 small bites

Takes around 15 minutes to make

Cool in the fridge for four hours


3 cups (105g) crispy rice cereal

2 cups (160g) desiccated coconut

1 cup (160g) sultanas

1/2 cup (100g) red glace cherries, halved

1/2 cup (80g) pecan nuts or roasted almonds and chopped

395g can of sweetened condensed milk or ¾ cup full-cream milk powder

100g copha chopped coarsely

500g white chocolate melts


Step One: Line a 30cm x 20cm (base) baking pan with baking paper.

Step Two: Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (try to not let the bowl touch water).

Step Three: Fold in the remaining dry ingredients to the melted chocolate.

Step Five: Pour mixture into the prepared baking pan, pressing down with a large spoon.

Step Six: Refrigerate until set – usually around four hours

Step Seven: Cut the White Christmas into squares and serve.

Tips: “I remember mum telling me to dip the knife in hot water to make it easier to cut.”