Dark chocolate revel bars are a classic, rich and delightful dessert treat that go perfectly with a warm mug of coffee or cocoa!
I had my first chocolate revel bar about twenty-five years ago.
They were a near staple at one of my childhood best friends’ houses, and I spent many an afternoon there eating those lovely treats with her and her siblings.
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’ homestead.
I was gracious enough to leave most of the bars behind at the homestead, but I did take a few back home for myself and for our neighbors.
Warning: a little goes a long way!
Here are some kitchen tools I use:
- 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