Valentine Rocky Road Crunch Bars

Two bloggers that I have been friends with for years now have recently started blog events that I thought would be fun to participate in. Since they both had a chocolate theme this month, I am submitting these Valentine Rocky Road Crunch Bars to both.

Sarah, Maison Cupcake, hosts Forever Nigella. Nigella Lawson is one of my favorite cooks. I love when I catch her on TV. Voluptuous Nigella seems so genuine, she’s fun to watch, and creates recipes that are easy to make at home. This month’s Forever Nigella theme is Seduced by Chocolate and “whoever exudes the most Nigella-ness this month will be able to lovingly caress their salad (or anything or anyone they choose) with shiny red melamine serving hands.”

Reeni, Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice recently started Dessert Wars with Christine of The Cupcake Bandits. This month’s Dessert Wars theme is Dark Chocolate and Hearts. A perfect Valentine’s challenge.

The February Dessert Wars prize package includes:

Whisk  and cupcake necklace from Moon & Star Designs
The Smartshopper Electronic Grocery List Organizer
Beanilla  Sampler Pack of Vanilla Beans
Lenox Personalized Musical Cupcake
1,000 ideas for Decorating Cupcakes, Cookies & Cakes
Endless Vanilla and Cinnamon Extract
Unlimited Layers: A Recipe for Turning Your Passion into Profits
Organic Valley $50 Gift Certificate
Organic Prairie $50 Gift Certificate
Theme Kitchen $50 Gift Certificate
BEKA Cookware Crepe Pan

I found Nigella’s Rocky Road Crunch Bars on the Food Network and it has a perfect 5 star rating. I was taking dinner to a friend, so I doubled the recipe, cut them into small hearts and drizzled them with white chocolate. I would probably give them only a 3 star rating. My husband didn’t care for them. Although now that I type up the recipe I realized that I should have added twice as many marshmallows, which would have been a much sweeter treat that we would have enjoyed more.

Valentine Rocky Road Crunch Bars

Valentine Rocky Road Crunch Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) soft unsalted butter
  • 20 ounces semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 16 ounces plain hard and crunchy cookies (I used Pecan Sandies)
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • White chocolate, optional

Directions

  1. Melt the butter, chocolate and syrup in a heavy based saucepan. Remove about 1 cup of this melted mixture and set aside for topping.
  2. Crush the cookies in a freezer bag or food processor. You want crumbs and pieces of cookies.
  3. Fold the cookie pieces and crumbs into the melted chocolate mixture, and then add the marshmallows.
  4. Pour into a 13x9-inch pan lined with foil; flatten as best you can with a spatula. Pour the reserved 1 cup of melted chocolate mixture on top and smooth.
  5. Refrigerate for about 2 hours or overnight.
  6. Cut into small hearts and drizzle with white chocolate if desired.

Notes

adapted from Nigella Lawson

http://www.barbarabakes.com/2011/02/valentine-rocky-road-crunch-bars/

If you’re whipping up some delicious chocolate Valentine treats there is still time to participate in these fun events. The deadline for Forever Nigella Seduced by Chocolate: Sunday 20 February, midnight wherever you are. And the deadline for Dessert Wars Dark Chocolate and Hearts is February 28.




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  1. says

    Saw these at Nigella and then dessert wars too , am on both the pages :-) and was i happy !!
    Coz was jus asking them if i can link to other events and since it aint mentioned in the rules , i thought YESSSS, and now u confirmed it for me…
    And ,i m a heart lover , all year round and lovee the hearts in ur rocky road bars…
    Like Sarah said , i saw rocky road bars for the first time in hearts and wonderfully so too!

  2. says

    These are so cute Barbara! And they sound scrumptious too! I’m sorry they weren’t a big hit with you. Thanks for sending them to Dessert Wars – the Nigella event sounds fun!

  3. says

    You killed 2 birds with one stone…woot woot GF. Love the name of da bars…rocky road seems like a great fit for V Day!! I wish these dark delish hearts win! Fingers crossed for you! xoxo

  4. says

    These look totally yummy Barbara! Love the pecan sandies inside. I think they’re my favorite store bought cookie, ever! So cute for Valentine’s Day!
    Speaking of Valentine’s Day, I’d like to share some love with you. My blog was recently bestowed the “Stylish Blogger Award” and one of my duties is to pay-it-forward and award other blogs of style and great content. I choose yours! Congratulations! To find out more information regarding your award, please visit here: http://kudoskitchenbyrenee.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-first-stylish-blogger-award.html Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

  5. says

    The hearts look like a perfectly lovely valentine’s treat. Sorry to hear your hubby didn’t care for them much. Mine doesn’t really like chocolate (strange man), so he’d probably agree with yours :) Must find some time to take part in these great events! Enjoy your weekend.

  6. says

    How sweet to give some with dinner to a friend! They sound wonderful and look so cute cut into hearts.
    Thanks for the heads up on the events. I hadn’t heard of either of them yet. :)