Dark Chocolate Revel Bars

I had my first chocolate revel bar about 25 years ago. They were a near staple at one of my childhood best friend’s house, and I spent many an afternoon there eating those lovely treats with her and her siblings.

Dark Chocolate Revel Bars Recipe

It wasn’t until I was an adult, post-college and living in Savannah, Ga., that I recreated this nostalgic treat.

This was 2000, and web searches for recipes weren’t nearly as robust as they are today. Especially when you can’t remember if the dessert was “Chocolate Revel Bars” or “Chocolate River Bars,” both of which make sense once you see the dark chocolaty rivers form across the top of the bars.

They were Chocolate Revel Bars, incidentally.

I still make these bars every now and again, and this particular batch (with dark chocolate – yum!) was made for my side of the family’s Christmas gathering at my parents’ farm.

I was gracious enough to leave most of the bars behind at the Farm, but I did take a few back home for myself and for our neighbors.

Warning: A little goes a long way!

Dark Chocolate Revel Bars
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  • 3 cups quick cook oats
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) + 2 tablespoons salted butter, softened
  • 2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1-1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9x13" baking pan and set it aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the brown sugar and 2 sticks of butter together until the mixture becomes light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and 2 tablespoons vanilla, and the continue mixing for another minute.
  3. In another bowl, combine the oats, flour, baking soda, and 1 teaspoon salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and blend together with the mixer set on low. Press ⅔ of the dough into the bottom of the greased baking pan.
  4. Pour the sweetened condensed milk into a medium sauce pan and place it over medium heat. Add the chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons of butter, and 2 teaspoons of vanilla, and stir the mixture occasionally until the chips and butter have melted.
  5. Spread the chocolate mixture evenly over top the oat dough. Dot the remaining oat dough on top - you don't want to completely cover the chocolate. (It should end up looking like chocolate rivers.)
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the oat dough is golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely before cutting into bars.




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