You might remember the avalanche bars I made a while back… I certainly haven’t forgotten them. And I’ve always thought a chocolate & Nutella version would be simply smashing. I even decided to call them Rockslide Bars (the darker counterpart of the creamy white Avalanche bars) long before I ever made them.
The original recipe has had a bit of a resurgence in the past month or so, appearing periodically on my most popular posts list.
Seeing it there just made me crave them all over again.
I had attempted the semi-sweet rendition of these bars once before, but, as I quickly found out, it wasn’t quite as easy as substituting dark chocolate for the white chocolate and Nutella for the peanut butter. I’m assuming it is the softer nature of the white chocolate to begin with, but the chocolate version crumbled and shattered in a brittle mess. In the end it took a good bit of butter, some cream, and almost twice as much Nutella as peanut butter (you need more Nutella for the flavor to hold its own against the semi-sweet chocolate).
Folks, these bars will knock you off your feet. If you like rice crispy treats, you’ll love these. If you like chocolate bars, you’ll love these. Because what they are is something in between the two, like a crisp and fudgy chocolate miracle. With marshmallows.
You could add almonds or hazelnuts if you’re feeling nutty; that’d give them a true rocky-road flavor. You could swap out the nutella for peanut butter, almond butter, or even cookie butter. Mix in more chocolate chips or white chocolate chips or even flaked coconut. Really, there’s a mountain of possibilities with this disastrously delicious dessert.
Dare I say this is better than the original? I’ll let you decide for yourself.
2 1/2 cups puffed rice cereal
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup nutella
12 ounces (2 cups) semisweet chocolate chips or chopped semisweet chocolate
2 cups mini marshmallows
1/2 cup mini or regular white chocolate chips
Line an 8-by-8-inch square baking pan with lightly greased parchment paper. This recipe can easily be doubled to fit a 13-by-9-inch baking pan.
In a medium saucepan, melt butter together with cream over medium-low heat. Add nutella and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips, stirring until the chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. The residual heat should be enough to melt the chocolate, but if necessary, return it to very low heat until completely melted.
Place the rice cereal in a large bowl. Pour over melted chocolate mixture and gently toss until completely coated. Fold in the marshmallows.
Spread into prepared pan, compressing lightly with the back of your spoon. Don’t press too hard or you’ll crush the cereal. Sprinkle with white chocolate chips and press lightly to adhere. Refrigerate until set, at least 30 minutes, then cut into 2-inch squares and serve. Bars will keep, covered in the refrigerator, for up to 5 days.
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OMG..when I saw the recipe, the firt thing I thought was ..” Whoa…I wonder what Cocoa Krispies would be like in this.”
Then I had to lay my head down on my desk.
Waving from Houston..
Could you sub peanut butter instead of Nutella? These sound awesome!
I made these yesterday and posted them this morning. They’re amazing! I didn’t have any white chocolate, but I added chopped hazelnuts. I don’t know how your bars look so perfect — mine were a bit crumbly. Maybe more time in the fridge? No matter, they tasted great!
These images are beautiful! I want to dive in!
Oh my gosh yum!! you had me at nutella but it just got even better from there!!
Brilliant. I’m tempted to throw in shards of graham cracker for a s’moresy feel.
SO tempting, your photos of these have me drooling. I need to restock my Nutella supply and whip these up!
These remind me of a nestle’s crunch, only better. Anything rocky road sounds good to me. :-)
These look and sound like a cross between Rice Krispies cakes and Rocky Road – fantastic. Yum! :-)
These look so delicious and I love the look of the white chocolate chips sprinkled on top!
Oh goodness, these are just droolworthy!
These look awesome! Love how versatile they are. I think I have found what I am going to make my husband for his birthday next month!
I bet the crunchy chocolate taste of these bars would take care of afternoon cravings for chocolate I am having right now
I would gladly gobble up an entire plate of these, Lindsay. I love anything and everything to do with Nutella. ;)
Lindsay you’ve done it again – you’ve made me want to eat chocolate and it’s not even 8am :-)
Whoa! These DO look like they will knock me off my feet! A must-try for sure.
OH, these are fantastic!
OMG!! Wowzers! These are awesome. Love all the Nutella!
OMG…wow! These look unbelievable…and make me want to drop everything to make these right this very minute! Seriously, everything I adore in one amazingly tasty treat! And what GORGEOUS photos! Seriously, your photos really impress me each and every time.
I admit I haven’t seen your original but I think anything would have a hard time topping these. Bookmarked and can’t wait to make!
Amazing! I could use a couple of these right now as an afternoon pick me up!
I made some marshmallow-Biscoff bars that look so similar to these in Dec. I loved them. But I love Rice Krispies Treats even more. And with Nutella. Seriously amazing. Pinning, for sure!
Seriously freaking out right now.
This looks oh so good.
These look wonderful! I love krispie bars and chocolate bars- so these sound like a dream.
These look outrageously good, and very dangerous!
They look and sound absolutely moreish and divine!!
Whoaa these look awesome!!
I do love chocolate bars in deed. And Nutella, I could eat a whole jar at once :D
These sound absolutely DIVINE. All delicious things packed into one bar!
Oh my goodness — these sound HEAVENLY! Love all of that Nutella!
These look incredible! What an interesting mix of textures and sweet flavors!
These look so incredible. Definitely have to pin these lovelies!!!
I could eat a million of these beauties!
These, I will have to make. Beautiful and I am sure they taste fantastic.
Ooooh those look delicious!
A little bit like the Starbucks Rocky Road Bars?
I love how the marshmallows look on the sides from being cut. Yes I notice weird things sometimes…
YUM! I need to make these!!!
YUMMI! that looks delicious!!!
Oh I want a whole pan of these so bad!
Girl this is awe-some and I want some now!
Oh yum! These are going to be dangerous!