Chocolate Crunch Bars

These chocolate crunch bars are a dreamy pairing of chocolatey goodness and crispy puffed rice. Bonus – they’re a healthier take on everyone’s favorite candy bar!

Chocolate crunch bars piled on each other on a plate.

My love for chocolate runs deep, even for those nostalgic candy bars I crave from time to time. But for an option that’s a bit healthier, these 2-ingredient, homemade chocolate crunch bars are it! And I gotta say, they’re crazy good. If not, better than the packaged version.

Instead of using rice krispies (which are smaller and contain sugar and sometimes sneaky gluten), I’m using plain puffed rice so the chocolate bars aren’t overly sweet. But they still have that delicious crunch to them! Plus, I can’t get over the fact that this treat is so darn easy to make with minimal ingredients. Now that’s a sweet dessert I can always get behind!

Ingredients for chocolate crunch bars on a table.

Chocolate Crunch Bar Ingredients

The best part about these chocolate crunch bars is that you only need two ingredients – that’s it!

  • Chocolate Chips: I love to use Pascha Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, but feel free to use milk chocolate or dark chocolate as well – whichever is your favorite!
  • Puffed Rice: Either puffed rice or puffed quinoa work in this recipe. They both have that larger shape and perfect crunch.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below.

Stirring chocolate crunch bar ingredients and pouring into a loaf pan.

Let’s Make The Best Crunch Bars

Ideally, you want an 8½ x 4½-inch loaf pan for this recipe. It’ll help create the perfect shape for grab-n-go bars.

  • Line your pan. Make sure to use enough parchment paper so that it covers the sides and lifts out a bit.
  • Make the chocolate mixture. Melt the chocolate either in a heatproof bowl over simmering water or in the microwave in 20-second increments.
  • Pour and refrigerate. Stir the puffed rice into the melted chocolate, pour into the loaf pan, then refrigerate for 30 minutes, until the chocolate is firm and set.
  • Slice it up! Pull the chocolate from the loaf pan and use a warm knife to slice into bars.
Chocolate crunch bars on a table next to a knife.

Storage Tips

Keep in mind these bars can melt a bit if it happens to be a hot day, similar to any regular chocolate bar. So it’s best to keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to enjoy.

  • To store: Place them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  • To freeze: Make sure to place parchment paper in between each bar before storing in a freezer-safe container. They’ll keep for up to 3 months.

More Easy Chocolate Recipes

It never hurts to have several easy peasy chocolate recipes on hand!

If you make these chocolate crunch bars, let me know how they turned out! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

A stack of chocolate crunch bars on a plate.

Chocolate Crunch Bars

5 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Chill Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 10 servings
Yield: 10 bars
Author: Lisa Bryan
These chocolate crunch bars are a dreamy pairing of chocolatey goodness and crispy puffed rice. Bonus – it's a healthier take on the classic candy bar!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup puffed rice or puffed quinoa

Instructions 

  • In a heatproof bowl over simmering water or in the microwave in 20-second increments, melt the chocolate until smooth. Then stir the puffed rice into the melted chocolate.
  • Line an 8½ x 4½ loaf pan with parchment paper, with enough paper up the sides to lift out. Pour the chocolate mixture into the loaf pan in an even layer. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until set.
    Pouring chocolate crunch bar mixture into a loaf pan.
  • Remove the chocolate from the loaf pan and use a warm knife to slice it into bars.
    Sliced chocolate crunch bars on a table.

Lisa’s Tips

Storage: Store the bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Puffed Rice: I had a hard time finding puffed rice in my local market that wasn’t part of a cereal with other flavors and sweeteners. So I bought this puffed rice online and it was perfect!

Nutrition

Calories: 141kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 4mg, Sodium: 18mg, Potassium: 2mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 60IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 31mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Crunch Bar
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30 comments on “Chocolate Crunch Bars”

  1. This recipe looks amazing! Chocolate candies with rice puffs are always my favorite. I’m pinning.5 stars

  2. I made these for my kiddos today! They are delicious and incredibly easy to make. My kids have several severe food allergies and these bars are only two ingredients. Thank you so very much for this recipe.

  3. I made the chocolate crunch bars today and can’t wait to try them. Of course I had every size loaf pan EXCEPT for the one you suggested LOL. I made it in a 9.25×5.25. I guess I’ll have to cut them into larger sized pieces! As always, thank you for all you do.

  4. Love these bars, so easy to make, made one lot with milk chocolate for the family and one with dark chocolate for me everyone’s happy.. 😀

  5. May I ask what brand of chocolate and puffs you used in this recipe? Thank you Lisa!!5 stars

    • Hi there! I’m using a brand called Pascha chocolate chips, which can be found in the Shop page on my website. As for the puffed rice, I just used a Whole Foods brand.

  6. I loved it!!!5 stars

  7. Oh my word!  These are the best!  We love them…thank you so much.  They are so simple to make but so delicious!  5 stars

  8. Can you use dark chocolate

  9. I couldn’t find any puffed rice without added sugar or gross stuff. What did you use?

  10. These look so yummy.  Does the puffed rice still allow the bars to be crunchy?  I love the idea of the crunch factor.  Thank you so much, Lisa.  I love every one of your recipes!

  11. Hi Lisa! 🌼
    I AM going to lie to you and say no worries, I don’t miss you, take your time, your book is very important. There’s really no rush to be back to your normal recipe & video schedule.
    BUT…. your book IS important, DO take your time and come back to us when ever you’re ready!
    You have so many delicious recipes on your blog, I’ve made many of them.
    I’ll patiently wait for a new post from you sometime in October……LOL! 😃
    Thank you for giving out this “sweet” treat, I LOVE chocolate!!
    Really liking the short ingredient list, it’s right up my alley on busy days.
    Good luck and (hopefully) be hearing from you soon!!
    Have a great day Lisa!! 🌺

    • You are so sweet Dalila! The book has been a real struggle – but I know in the end it’ll be worth it, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you :) In the meantime, enjoy these crunch bars and I’ll be back shortly with new videos and recipes weekly in October!

  12. YUM! Can’t wait to try this. I rated it 5 stars because how can it not turn out well?!? Now you’ve got me thinking about what I could make for my 1-year-old with puffed rice, too…she ain’t getting any chocolate. Haha!! Thank you, Lisa!5 stars

  13. Such a classic treat! Love the healthier twist. Hang in there with the cookbook writing! And enjoy the chocolate goodness :)5 stars

  14. I avoid chocolate with soy lecithin. It has been found to have an estrogenic effect. I hunt out chocolate with sunflower lecithin.
    These bars look great! I’ll try some on my husband; he’s a chocoholic.

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