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Snowy Chocolate Bombs

Snowy chocolate bombs

Living without a stove top or an oven really makes you think about survival skills.

Cavemen and cavewomen had been doing this for years hunting, gathering firewood and cooking their food over an open fire but we are, after all, living in the 21st century. Well that was until we moved to Hong Kong....

Snowy chocolate bombs

With hungry teenage boys gathering and stalking me in the kitchen I had to respond fast and get inventive with the remaining working appliances. I rarely use the microwave other than to reheat my coffee or maybe reheat leftovers. However, the simple little microwave has so many hidden potentials.

Snowy chocolate bombs

My boys have been begging me to make this dessert in Nigella Lawson's cookbook called Rocky Road Crunch Bars. Nigella is just pure genius for getting delicious food on the table is a fast and simple way. I love her style and I found a way to make her process for making this dish even simpler in the microwave.

Snowy chocolate bombs

I must warn you right now these snowy chocolate bombs are addictive. As you take your first bite into the rich dark chocolate with crunchy biscuits and chewy marshmallows dusted with a light powdered sugar there is no going back. You will be hooked and they little snowy chocolate bombs will call out to you from the refrigerator. Have you ever watched any of Nigella Lawson's episodes on food TV where she gets up in the middle of the night to enjoy a little snack? I was caught red-handed in the act with powdered sugar on my nose and chocolate on my lips as one of my teenagers was on his way to the kitchen to get one or two of these little snowy chocolate bombs for himself. With a mouthful of moorish chocolate, I told him I was just getting up to get a glass of milk (to wash down my dessert- wink wink).

Snowy chocolate bombs

This is a great little bar or cookie dessert to make this holiday season.  Snowy Chocolate bombs freeze well and took me less than 5 minutes to make. It is just completely and utterly crazy that something so simple to make can taste this decadent. Don't take my word for it, give it a go.  Keep on reading to find out how to make this 5 minute snowy chocolate bomb wonder.

Snowy chocolate bombs

Snowy Chocolate Bombs

Adapted from Nigella Lawson's Rocky Road Crunch Bars in her book Nigella Express

Makes 24 squares or feeds 2 hungry teenagers

  • 125 grams soft butter
  • 300 grams of really good quality chocolate broken into pieces (at least 70% cocoa solids)
  • 45 ml of golden syrup (I used Mrs. Butterworth's pancake syrup)
  • 200 grams digestive biscuits (used the chocolate coated biscuits from Marc and Spencers but any kind of rich buttery tea biscuit will do)
  • 100 grams of mini marshmallows
  • spray oil
  • 2-3 teaspoons of icing sugar for garnishing

Step 1: In a microwave safe bowl add butter and chocolate and place in microwave in 15 second intervals, check on it and stir. Avoid all moisture as this will cause you chocolate to seize up. If your microwave has the option of cooking at 50% reduced heat, this is preferred. If your microwave does not have a turn table then set for short time intervals like 15 seconds and turn your bowl and stir and repeat process just until almost all of the chocolate starts to melt. The container that you heat your chocolate in still holds heat and will continue to melt the chocolate after you take it out of the microwave. This whole process took me less than 2 minutes.

Step 3: Add the golden syrup to the chocolate mixture and stir well. Take out about half of the chocolate mixture (about 125ml) and set aside for later use.

Step 4: Put your digestive biscuit (cookies) in a sealable zipper bag and just give it a few bashes with a spatula or your rolling-pin so that you have some big and little bits. (Do not pulverize the digestive biscuits as you want those crispy chunk texture when you bite into the bar)

Step 5: Fold the digestive biscuit crumbs and marshmallows into the chocolate mixture.

Step 6: Spray non stick cooking oil into about a 24 inch square pan. Pour the delicious chocolate biscuit and marshmallow mixture into the pan and try to flatten it out best you can with a spatula. Pour the remaining 125 ml of melted chocolate on top. (lick your chocolate fingers)

Step 7: Pop your Snowy chocolate bombs in the refrigerator and try to forget about the chocolate goodness for at least 2 hours or overnight while it has a chance to set up. (Write your letter to Santa, Busy your self with writing holiday cards, putting up decorations, getting some of that holiday shopping done, or maybe just pour your self of hot cocoa or something a little stronger and take some time to reflect)

Step 8: When you absolutely cannot stand the wait any longer, take the Chocolate bomb bars out of the refrigerator and dust with snow (icing sugar) and cut into about 24 bars.

Step 9: Enjoy these decadent little no fuss Snowy Chocolate Bombs during this holiday season or any time of the year when you want someone to feel special and happy.



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Snowy Chocolate Bombs

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November 23, 2012

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  • Funny I have been planning to post on these bars too this weekend! My husband and girls LOVE them!!! Isn’t it great how quickly you can whip these up? Too bad they need time to set though…

    • Please post yours too and lets get linked up on our websites as great minds think alike. I can’t wait to see yours! Take care, BAM

  • Oh, my gosh.. where have you been all my life, little snowy chocolate bars of heaven, lol! And how did Barb know about these and I didn’t?? Good gosh, they look tempting!! I’d eat the whole pan, I’m certain! xx

    • Thanks Smidge. I was well on my way to eat the whole pan so I had to move these little decadent chocolate wonders to the freezer where they are less accessible and would be too hard to chew if I have a craving in the middle of the night. Take care, BAM

      • So they can be frozen ahead.. with the little jelly toppers:) Awesome!

        • They freeze very well even with the marshmallows. Just give them a few minutes to unthaw before serving them to your guests. Take care, BAM

  • Those look really darn good!

    • Almost a bit too good. More time on the treadmill for me today… Take Care, BAM

  • Thanks Vina.

  • I used to make these for the boys when we went on holiday as they make a good car snack. The one thing I cannot do is reheat my coffee 🙂

    • Hello Tandy I am so glad you have also tried these before and can speak for their ease to make and portability. Take care, BAM

  • These look awesome!

  • You are definitely being creative without a stove and an oven – is it that hard to fix anything in Hong Kong?

    • Ohh Dawn I do not even know where to begin with answering that question… However, you gave me a very good laugh and boy did I need that! Living abroad brings has many obstacles and some of the most simplest things we need to take care of can be daunting. We just try to make the best of things and go with the flow. Take care, BAM

  • Why are these not in my life right now I need them 😀
    Who needs ovens!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • My dearest CCU chocolate Guru! Maybe “Santa BAM” can send you some by Fed Ex…. Take Care and good luck with your studies. BAM

  • No, no, no, I have to resit the urge to make these, I just have to!
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Hello Mandy, I like your new word “SCRUMITY”. It is a very cool description word for desserts that are completely addictive and have you running to the treadmill with guilt. Take care, BAM

  • you mean you can make these in just 5 mins? that’s incredible cause it looks delicious! Chocolate and marshmallows sounds incredible. I think you would have to stop me from eating a whole lot of these.

    • Yes you can, less than 2 minutes to microwave and 3 to throw it all together in a quick and easy dish. But the hard part is that you have to let them set in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before eating. The waiting part is the hard part. Take care, BAM

  • Vina’sdeliciousrecipes !

    Yummy !

  • Ohhh, I foresee pans and pans of these before Christmas….
    Hope you get your stove back, soon!

    • First tray of Snowy chocolate Bombs has already evaporated! The repairman are here again today. I know that means nothing as they are all just standing around my stove mumbling something in Cantonese…
      Boys go gather mom some firewood!

  • petit4chocolatier

    Oh my, oh my, oh my!!!! These are so scrumptiously delicious! Tea biscuits, chocolate, and Mrs. Butterworth syrup…, triple yummy!!!

    • Thank you. I will trade you a Snowy chocolate bombs for one of your devilish chocolate cupcakes. I really wish we all lived closer as it would be so fun to have a holiday cookie party where we did a cookie/baked good exchange. Maybe there is a way we can do that via the intraweb? Take care, BAM

      • petit4chocolatier

        Oh, that is a deal!! Love these snowy chocolate bombs!! It is too bad we didn’t live closer.

        It would be fun to have a cookie exchange via the intraweb!!

  • Mich – Piece of Cake

    Wow, its amazing what can be done OUT of the oven. These look totally decadent.

    • Thank you Mich. I have no self control with these little treats around and who thought you could do all of this in just a plain old microwave. Have a nice weekend. BAM

  • With the month ahead being such a busy one, it is great to have a decadent little sweet that takes no time to put together.

    • I really do not know where the time goes but this month it will fly by. Time is so very precious, therefore easy and quick meals and treats are a winner for our family. Take Care this holiday season. BAM

  • This is absolutely the BOMB!!! I’m sure my daughter and my nieces will love this…

    • Thanks so much. It is so easy to make that this one would be a fun dessert to make with the kids.

  • What an excellent microwave experiment!

    • The microwave has so many other possibilities other than microwave popcorn. Maybe it is a good thing my stove top and oven are broken so that I could test this philosophy. Take care, BAM

  • Bam these look amazing! Can you absorb calories by just looking at pictures of food? Because I’m pretty sure I just gained 2lb!! Yumo!

    • Thank you. I think once we invent the scratch and sniff function on our PC’s and macs this might be a concern. I wonder how far along we are from a prototype for this functionality? Have a super weekend. BAM

  • I have nominated you for several awards, The Super Sweet Blogging Award and the Blogger of the Year 2012. If you’re interested, please check out the following link of-the-year-award-2012/

    • Thank you so much for thinking of me Susan. Greatly appreciated. Take care, bAM

  • Since CCU’s most recent post didn’t include her usual chocolate (although still a yummy recipe), it’s good that you stepped up to the plate (he-he!) and subbed for her. I’ve got to make this!

    • You know it is so funny as any time I make anything with chocolate in it I think of our dearest CCU. I am glad to hear that you family is with you this holiday season. Take Care, BAM

  • Oh Bam! You would surely keep my kids happy! These look right up their alley. Great use of the microwave! 😉

    • Thank you Kristy. This is a great dish to make with the kids at it really easy and if you use the microwave they can lend a hand. Have a great weekend , BAM

  • Oh my god those look absolutely fantastic. I can’t believe these are so easy to make in the microwave! Talk about dangerous! These look like they would be a fabulous addition to a holiday cookie exchange…I will definitely have to resist until I have an occasion to feed these to many, many other people 🙂

    • I think you have that absolutely right. You don’t want to have a batch of these little snowy chocolate bombs just laying around as they are dangerous. Make them for a crowd or for a cookie exchange as to limit yourself to just one is difficult. Take Care, BAM

  • daisyandthefox

    ooooo yum!!! this looks so yum!!

    • I did have to give everyone a warning as these little snowy chocolate bombs are really addictive. I am one with the treadmill this morning… Take care, bAM

      • daisyandthefox

        haha they sure do look so nourish! and so easy to keep popping one in after the other 🙂

        • Thank you. I really am one with the treadmill this week after making a tray of these. They are almost too good. Take care, BAM

  • Funny and brilliant BAM, oh and very moreish looking! Loved that you sneaked down in the night and one of your boys caught you, love your instruction like licking your fingers and reading your recipe and how easy it is to make – it’s a WOW ! Thank you

    • I am so happy that I could bring a little humor and a new quick and easy recipe your way today. The first batch of these snowy chocolate bombs evaporated and for some strange reason they mostly disappear only in the middle of the night. I guess I will have to throw another batch together soon for the holiday season. Take care, BAM

  • I love that these could be whipped up ahead and wait patiently to be devoured =)

    • There are perfect for a cookie exchange or to bring into the office as they can be made in no time flat. Have a great weekend. BAM

  • aussiemama1

    I must the be only person not to have a microwave! How do i make these without one?????? xo

    • You can make these little snowy chocolate bombs on top of the stove top as well. In a small pan, over a gentle heat slowly melt butter and chocolate and stir continuously and then add your syrup. Actually this is the method that Nigella Lawson uses in her cook book, but presently both my stove and oven are are both on the blitz. Take care, BAM

  • Mrs K R does a ton of fudge-type stuff in the microwave. It’s really good for that. And these Snowy Chocolate Bombs look like a superb recipe! I’ll definitely have to sent her to look at these (since she’s the dessert maven in our household). Good stuff – thanks.

    • I really need to get hooked up with Mrs. KR as my boys love fudge and who knows how long it will take them to fix my stove top and oven. Tell her I said hello and take care, BAM

  • Wow those never looked like it was made using a microwave, I should learn that skill as well.

    • This recipe is so simple and you just need a way to melt the butter and chocolate and this can be easily done in the microwave or on the stovetop. The rest is just stir and set. How fun and easy is that! Take Care, BAM

  • I’m a huge fan of Nigella as well, I love the way she cooks, she’s always so relaxed and cool about cooking/baking! The chocolate bombs look superb, Bobbi! I can understand why you and your boy keeps going back for more in the middle of the night, it looks so delicious 😉

    • It is not just the boys that are having problem with the self control and getting up to trial a couple in the middle of the night, it affects adults as well. I guess next time I make these I will have to make for them for a party when I know there will be nothing left in the house for later consumption. Take care, BAM

  • My kind of cooking. On second thought I should not make these as I am still trying to lose 5 pounds and these will surely make me gain 10. Will file away in the “to make” folder.

    • I know exactly what you mean. I made these little snowy chocolate bombs for my boys but it was me that had difficulty with self control. Make these when you are expecting a crowd. Take care, BAM

  • You’re unstoppable, Bam! Even with a full kitchen on the fritz, you managed to pull of some seriously delicious treats. These look like they would make the perfect addition to any holiday cookie platter.

    • Thanks Hannah. I heard that maybe this week that my appliances might get fixed but I am not holding my breath. Take Care, BAM

  • This is why I hide the cook books from my boys. I’d never escape the kitchen!!! These look amazing. I’m excited to try these!

    • Good thinking! Hide the evidence and claim that you can’t find the ingredients in the continent we are living on. However, my boys still wont let me out of the kitchen… Take Care, BAM

  • That’s how I feel now: my kitchen is so little that I am quickly becoming one of creative cooks… 🙂 Those bombs would definitely fascinate my teenager too! 🙂

    • Thank you Marina. Keeping our teenagers full and happy is becoming a full time job for me. They are bottomless pits.

  • My mum used to make something very similar for us when we were kids but with digestive only, no marshmellow…My daughter “who is in love with marshmellow” will be over the moon if I made these!

    • I am so glad. This is a dessert that the kids can help you out with in the kitchen. It is a pretty kid friendly friendly recipe. Take care and sending some positive thoughts your way. BAM

  • Dear BAM,

    Love the name snowy chocolate bombs and they do look very addictive too! I have also never attempted to cook anything major with the microwave and would prefer conventional cooking on a cooktop, grill or oven 🙂

    • Thanks and I also feel that using the microwave is so retro almost like TV dinners…. However in a pinch they work like a charm. Take Care, BAM

  • Dear Friend!
    If people were only using such bombs!
    Thank you so much for that message of sheer happy gastronomy!
    Best regards,

    • Bonjour Robert, thanks so much for stopping by. Looking forward to keeping in touch. Take care, BAM

  • OMG they look soooooo good…………..

  • Lisa

    These snowy chocolate bombs are literally the bomb! Talk about the perfect, decadent holiday treat! Coookies and marshmallows..yum! (and I try not touse that word, but it’s so apropos here!) Sorry I haven’t been around.,..a lot going on after the work and other things. I have so much catching up to do!

  • These are definitely ‘the bomb’!!! I have to give you credit for coming up with something for those boys without a working stove – is there any hope for it? You really should do something about that sleep walking problem though 😉
    Hopefully I can make these without any explosions in my microwave – wish me luck.

    • Ohh Diane you are so funny. I think you will be alright as there is not any coconut to explode in your microwave but then you never can be too sure… My oven and stove top are now fixed. It took about 5 or 6 visits and ended up be an electronic issue that they just could not figure out. So bring on the holiday baking! Woo Hoo!

      • Wow, only 5 or 6 visits. I think at that point I would have given up & turned it into storage or maybe a terrarium. I thought most appliances nowadays are just a matter of replacing panels (at least that was the deal w/my washer), but then again I’m not Mr. Maytag. Your boys must be thrilled.

        • Diane, this is just part of the excitement of living in China. “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get.” The holiday baking starts this weekend and my boys are beyond thrilled. Have a super weekend! BAM

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Never heard of this kind of delicious dessert but now I’m glad to find it and it’s made by microwave? Wow, great recipe Bam!

    • You have to love Nigella Lawson. I just simplified her recipe by making it all in the microwave and a few other adaptations. Take care, BAM

  • It’s one of those dishes where every bite is just as good and/or gets better than the first one. Simply irresistible!

    • Indeed! It really is addictive and hard to avoid those middle of the night adventures to have a little taste. Take care, BAM

  • Jayne

    I’ve seen Nigella making this on video! It’s so gorgeous. We call it “biskut batik” here in Malaysia, without the marshmallows because the biscuit and chocolate layers into a pattern that resembles batik. Thumbs up!

    • Thanks Jayne for stopping by and look forward to keeping in touch. I am very interested in learning more Malaysian cuisine as it is so diverse and I have access to many of the ingredients living here in HK. Take care, BAM

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