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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.
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