Easy Chocolate Bars Recipe Made with Simple Ingredients

Chocolate bars

Easy Chocolate Bars Recipe Made with Simple Ingredients
Region / culture: USA | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 25 minutes | Servings: 32


Chocolate bars
Chocolate bars

Chocolate bars are a delicious and indulgent treat that are loved by people of all ages. Whether you enjoy them as a snack or dessert, these rich and decadent bars are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.


The history of chocolate bars dates back to the early 19th century when they were first created in Europe. Over the years, chocolate bars have evolved and become a popular treat enjoyed all over the world.


How to prepare

  1. In a mixer bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, dry sugar substitute, cinnamon, and salt. Mix on low speed until well blended.
  2. Add margarine, eggs, vanilla, and water. Mix on medium speed until well blended.
  3. Spread the batter evenly in an 11" by 15" jelly roll pan that has been sprayed with pan spray or greased with margarine.
  4. Bake at 325°F (163°C) for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the bars pull away from the sides of the pan and a cake tester comes out clean from the center.
  5. Place the pan on a wire rack and sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top of the hot bars.
  6. Mark four by eight and allow to cool until the chocolate has hardened.
  7. Cut the bars as marked. (It might be a good idea to reduce the amount of sugar in this recipe).
  8. Food exchange per serving: 1 starch exchange + 1 fat exchange
  9. Carbohydrates: 14g; Protein: 2g; Fat: 7g; Calories: 123
  10. For low-sodium diets, omit salt and use salt-free margarine.
  11. Recipe from 'Desserts for Diabetic' by Mabel Cavaiani, R.D.


  • You can customize your chocolate bars by adding nuts, dried fruit, or a sprinkle of sea salt on top.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

When making chocolate bars, be sure to use high-quality ingredients for the best flavor. It's also important to follow the recipe closely and not overmix the batter. Additionally, be sure to allow the bars to cool completely before cutting them into squares.

Serving Suggestions

Chocolate bars can be enjoyed on their own or served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a decadent dessert.

Cooking Techniques

The key to making perfect chocolate bars is to mix the batter until just combined and not overbake them in the oven.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have cocoa powder on hand, you can use melted chocolate as a substitute.

Make Ahead Tips

You can make the batter for chocolate bars ahead of time and refrigerate it until you're ready to bake.

Presentation Ideas

Serve chocolate bars on a platter with a dusting of powdered sugar for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Chocolate bars pair well with a glass of cold milk or a hot cup of coffee.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store leftover chocolate bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. To reheat, simply microwave for a few seconds until warm.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of chocolate bars contains 123 calories.


Each serving of chocolate bars contains 14g of carbohydrates.


Each serving of chocolate bars contains 7g of fat.


Each serving of chocolate bars contains 2g of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Chocolate bars contain small amounts of various vitamins and minerals, including iron and magnesium.


Chocolate bars may contain allergens such as wheat, eggs, and soy.


Chocolate bars are a delicious treat that are relatively low in calories and provide a small amount of protein and fat.


Chocolate bars are a delicious and easy-to-make treat that are perfect for satisfying your sweet cravings. With a rich and fudgy texture, these bars are sure to become a favorite in your household.

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the thrill of stumbling upon this recipe for chocolate bars. It was many years ago, when I was just a young girl full of curiosity and eager to learn everything I could about cooking. I had always loved spending time in the kitchen with my mother and grandmother, watching them create delicious meals and treats from scratch.

One day, while rummaging through my grandmother's old recipe box, I came across a yellowed, stained index card with the words "Chocolate Bars" scrawled across it in faded ink. Intrigued, I asked my grandmother about the recipe, and she smiled fondly as she recounted how she had learned to make them when she was a young girl herself.

The recipe had been passed down through generations in our family, with each cook adding their own special touch to make it their own. My grandmother had learned it from her own mother, who had in turn learned it from her mother before her. It was a recipe filled with history and memories, and I knew I had to learn how to make it myself.

My grandmother patiently guided me through the steps, showing me how to melt the butter and chocolate together in a double boiler until smooth and glossy. She emphasized the importance of using high-quality ingredients, like real butter and rich dark chocolate, to ensure the bars would turn out perfectly every time.

As we mixed in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla, the kitchen filled with the rich, decadent scent of chocolate. I watched in awe as my grandmother expertly poured the batter into a greased pan and smoothed it out with a spatula. She had a way of making everything look so effortless, so natural, as if she had been making these chocolate bars her whole life.

After baking the bars in the oven until they were just set, my grandmother showed me how to carefully remove them and let them cool completely before cutting them into squares. The anticipation of tasting them was almost unbearable, but my grandmother insisted that they would taste even better if we let them sit for a few hours to develop their flavors.

When the time finally came to try one of the chocolate bars, I couldn't believe how rich and fudgy they were. The combination of buttery chocolate, sugar, and vanilla created a flavor that was unlike anything I had ever tasted before. Each bite was a perfect balance of sweetness and richness, with a hint of nostalgia that reminded me of all the times I had spent in the kitchen with my grandmother.

From that day on, I knew that the recipe for chocolate bars would become a staple in my own repertoire. I would make them for special occasions, like holidays and birthdays, or just whenever I wanted to treat myself to something sweet and indulgent. And each time I made them, I would think of my grandmother and the love and care she had put into teaching me how to make them.

As the years passed, I continued to hone my skills in the kitchen, learning new recipes and techniques from cookbooks, cooking shows, and even friends and family members. But no matter how many new recipes I tried, the chocolate bars always held a special place in my heart. They were a reminder of where I had come from, of the traditions and memories that had shaped me into the cook I was today.

Now, as I pass on the recipe for chocolate bars to my own grandchildren, I can only hope that they will feel the same sense of joy and connection that I did when I first learned to make them. Cooking is more than just following a set of instructions – it's about creating memories, sharing traditions, and bringing people together with something as simple and delicious as a homemade chocolate bar. And for that, I will always be grateful to my grandmother for showing me the way.


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