Nutty Chocolate Bars

nutty bar chocolates

I’ve been saying this for a few years now, but I really like milk chocolate (even though chocolate connoisseurs are supposed to prefer dark chocolate), and for Valentine’s Day – especially – you should stick with what (and who) you really like.

And the last few V days, I’ve only made things I really like: buttermilk rum cakes, grilled cheese with orange marmalade, chocolate cherry truffle mini broownies.  This year I’m sticking to something I like  (milk chocolate) and someone I really love (Matt). I hope you’re doing the same!

   nutty chocolate bars

Every year, whenever I have a layover in Japan, I hoard boxes and boxes of Royce Chocolates. To me, Royce makes one of the best chocolates in the world. I love the nama chocolates (truffles) and the nutty bar chocolate, little finger-sized chocolate bars packed with nuts and rice puffs. When I introduced Matt to these chocolates, he immediately gobbled them. One after the other after the other. I knew we were soul mates!

(PS – he used to claim he didn’t like chocolate.)

We bought a few boxes but we were down to our last two bars of nutty bars, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and try to recreate them. These Nutty Chocolate Bars  are the result. We both agreed that we actually like these homemade ones better.

homemade nutty chocolate bars

And what’s not to like? There’s creamy milk chocolate, Nutella (NUTELLA!), slivered almonds, buttery pecans, brown rice crisps, some sea salt, and a knob of butter to round it all together. There’s a lot of smooth creamy flavors and a whole lotta crrrunch.

Plus, this is a no bake dish. No slaving over a hot oven, because all the magic is done in the microwave. It’s ridiculously easy to whip up, literally just minutes to make, plus a couple of hours chilling in the freezer. I also like how it’s a versatile dessert – there’s room to experiment with different nuts (add or swap hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, walnuts, cashews), different chocolates (dark, white), other crunchy things (cereal, feuilletine), or even the type of salt (smoked sea  salt, anyone?)

I urge you to make these for yourself and your loved ones.Wrap up individual bars in wax paper and decorate with washi tape, or keep a stash in your freezer for “emergencies” and midnight snacking.

almond chocolate bars

Yield: 16 bars

Nutty Chocolate Bars

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

8 oz milk chocolate
8 oz Nutella
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup brown rice crispies
1/3 cup slivered almonds
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

  1. Combine the chocolate, Nutella, and butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Heat on full power for 1 minute, then remove from microwave and stir. Everything would have started to melt but you’ll still have some lumps. Heat again in 30-second intervals and stir until the mixture turns smooth. I heated everything for a total of 90 seconds.
  2. Fold in the nuts and salt.
  3. Pour mixture in a parchment-paper lined 8x8 pan. Freeze for at least 2 hours before cutting into bars.

crunch bar chocolates

I hope you’re all enjoying the month of love. More travel pics coming soon!

   

8 Responses to “Nutty Chocolate Bars”

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    Monica posted February 6, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Bianca, this goes straight to my heart. I love nuts and chocolate together and I know I would find these irresistible. Reminds me of a bar I made years ago with hazelnuts and feuilletine…I think about it all the time but too “dangerous” for me to make and have in the house. Thank you from one chocoholic to another. Have a great V-Day with your love!

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    grace posted February 7, 2017 at 11:58 am

    these bars are all kinds of excellent! forget all those chocolate snobs…at least you don’t love white chocolate best like i do! :)

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted February 7, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Sticking to what you love is what it’s all about! (even though I’m firmly camp dark choco :P) these bars look oh so tasty!

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    David @ Spiced posted February 8, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Royce! I totally stumbled into a Royce shop when I was down in NYC a couple of years ago, and Laura and I are hooked on it now. In fact, we request Royce chocolate whenever our friends from the city come up! I’ve never tried their nutty bars, but these homemade version look awesome. I’m all about textures in my chocolate, so the rice cereal + nuts is calling my name. I suspect that I’ll be having an “emergency” need for these soon! :-)

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    Liz posted February 8, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    I love milk chocolate, too, and these easy, crunchy, nutty bars look incredible!!!

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    Lauren posted February 9, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Oooh! These look so good! I just stumbled on your blog today and I love it – so cute and all your recipes look amazing. Can’t wait to keep reading! :)

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    Ashley @ wishes and dishes posted February 16, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    I’m pretty much open to any kind of chocolate when the craving hits! Love these bars!

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness posted February 18, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    These chocolate bars look heavenly! I usually eat a bit of chocolate every day… dark chocolate is my favorite, but lately I’ve been into mini chocolate chips. I’ve been sprinkling them on everything!

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