Skip to Content

Romanian Chocolate

Sharing is caring!

Romanian chocolate bars or ciocolata de casa – a traditional Romanian dessert made with cocoa powder and powdered milk.

Homemade chocolate bars or chocolate fudge – a retro Romanian dessert, cheap and very easy to make. And if you would like another Romanian chocolate dessert, have a look at the Biscuit Chocolate Salami.

Romanian Homemade Chocolate Bars with Cocoa

Only a few ingredients, about 15 minutes’ work and you will have a delicious, super sweet, and decadent Romanian dessert, something you will not be able to keep your fingers off as long as you know it’s there, within reach. You will probably have to grab a piece of it every time you open the fridge, every time you remember it’s there…

This is a retro Romanian recipe, something that used to be very popular in the ’80s during the worst time of the communist period, a time when regular food was very scarce and sweets were a luxury.

Finding real chocolate was kind of a mission impossible, so people found another way to satisfy their longing for chocolate. Chocolate made with plain cocoa and cheap powdered milk, which for some reason was widely available.

Romanian Homemade Chocolate Bars with Cocoa

Tips for making homemade chocolate

  • Make sure you have all the ingredients ready before starting. After adding the syrup to the rest of the ingredients, you will have to stir fast to mix everything properly together, otherwise, the mixture will toughen and you will have a hard time stirring it.
  • The size of the casserole dish where you will spread the chocolate is not really important, if it’s rather small the bars will be thicker (like mine), if it’s larger they will be thinner. You will still eat too much of them anyway, so size doesn’t matter. 🙂
  • My cousin Georgi’s original recipe calls for 500 g/17.6 oz/ 2 ½ cups sugar. I only used 400 g/14.1 oz/ 2 cups sugar and still find the chocolate super sweet.
  • This homemade chocolate is plain, but if you wish you can add any kind of roasted nuts, my favorite are hazelnuts in this combination.

And before I forget to mention it: wrapped nicely these chocolate bars would make a wonderful Christmas present.

Romanian Homemade Chocolate Bars with Cocoa

More Romanian traditional desserts:

Romanian Fried Cheese Doughnuts – Papanasi


Cottage Cheese Dumplings – Papanasi fierti

Strawberry Foam – Spuma de capsuni

Creme Caramel – Crema de zahar ars

close up romanian-style homemade chocolate bars on a small tray

Romanian Chocolate

Romanian chocolate bars or ciocolata de casa – a traditional Romanian dessert made with cocoa powder and powdered milk.
5 from 2 votes
Print Pin Share Grow Rate
Course: Sweets
Cuisine: Romanian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 20 -25
Calories: 219kcal
Author: Adina


  • 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • 80 g/ 2.8 oz/ ¾ cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 500 g/ 1.1 lb / 4 cups powdered milk
  • 100 ml/ 3.4 fl.oz/ scant ½ cup water
  • 400 g/ 14.1 oz/ 2 cups sugar
  • roasted nuts optional


  • Prepare everything before making the syrup.
  • Line a medium casserole dish with cling film. Let the butter come to room temperature and chop into small cubes. Weigh the cocoa into a small bowl and set aside. Place the powdered milk in a large bowl. Roast the nuts, if using, in a pan without fat while shaking often and let cool.
  • To make the syrup place water and sugar into a medium pot. Bring to a boil and simmer stirring until the sugar dissolves and a light syrup is formed.
  • Take the syrup off the heat, add the cocoa powder, place the pot back on the stove and let it bubble just one more time.
  • Take off the heat and add the cubed butter, stirring well to incorporate.
  • Immediately pour the liquid over the powdered milk and stir vigorously.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish and level nicely.
  • If using nuts, you could either mix them into the chocolate before adding the mixture to the dish or sprinkle them over the chocolate in the dish.
  • Cover with cling film, let cool completely on the counter and then place in the fridge until set. It will take about 2 hours.
  • Cut into squares or rectangles before serving.


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 138mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g
Tried this Recipe? Pin it for Later!Mention @adinabeck or tag #WhereIsMySpoon!

Sharing is caring!

Recipe Rating


Saturday 12th of October 2019

The ingredient list and a brief story references just sugar. However, actual recipe says powdered sugar, which one is correct? Thanks

Dee Dee

Saturday 11th of December 2021

@Adina, does the powdered milk have to be whole or can it be non fat?


Saturday 12th of October 2019

Hi Brook. Regular sugar, the milk is powdered milk.

Amy Kugali McWilliams

Tuesday 19th of December 2017

If I'm using regular milk instead of powdered milk, how does that change the recipe?


Tuesday 19th of December 2017

Sorry Amy, but it will not work with regular milk, it has to be powdered, that is what gives the chocolate its consistency.


Wednesday 6th of December 2017

Your pictures just added 5 pounds to my belly. :) These bar look so creamy and delicious. Do they just melt in your mouth?


Monday 4th of December 2017

It's been so long since I had homemade chocolate like this. I used to like it a lot as a child.

Kathy@Beyond the Chicken Coop

Monday 4th of December 2017

Sometimes life just isn't fair! Like your husband eating all this delicious chocolate and probably didn't even gain an ounce! These bars look delicious and I'm sure they would disappear quickly in my house!