Avalanche Bark

Last Friday, my Chief Culinary Consultant and I decided to take a little afternoon field trip and drove to the outlets an hour north of where we live. Upon arriving, we headed straight for the food court in do-not-pass-GO style, and grabbed hot pretzels for sustenance before starting our shopping. As we left the food court, we immediately ran into the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. As soon as I saw the caramel apples in the window, I realized that it was the same chocolate shop we visited in Toronto, which was inspiration for my homemade caramel apples. Since we had just eaten pretzels, we decided to hit up the chocolate store on our way out so we’d have some goodies to enjoy on the car ride home. A few hours and many shopping bags later, we found ourselves back there, staring at the cases of chocolate treats, trying to decide what we wanted. In the end, we settled on a buckeye caramel apple (mmm peanut butter, caramel and chocolate!), a chocolate-covered graham cracker, and my Chief Culinary Consultant eyed the avalanche bark in the case, so we got two pieces of that. Turns out, avalanche bark is quite possibly the best thing, ever.

The avalanche bark from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory tasted like part fudge, part Rice Krispies treat, and part chocolate bark. By the time the second piece had vanished, my Chief Culinary Consultant asked if I could recreate them. Like, immediately. Luckily, Rice Krispies treats and chocolate bark are among the easiest and quickest chocolate goods to whip up, so this didn’t take long at all. You can play around with the ratios of white chocolate and peanut butter, based on how much you like one or the other. You can also make it more or less crispy by altering the Rice Krispies, and more or less “chewy” by increasing or decreasing the amount of marshmallows. Any way you make them, you are going to LOVE them!

These were the perfect end to a wonderful impromptu shopping trip, and my guess is they would be a fabulous addition to any day of the week, no matter what you’re doing.

One year ago: Cranberry Upside-Down Cake
Two years ago: Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Three years ago: Parmesan Black Pepper Biscotti

Avalanche Bark

Yield: 9 bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

A recreation of the popular Avalanche Bark from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.


12 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped
½ cup peanut butter
1½ cups Rice Krispies
1½ cups miniature marshmallows
½ cup miniature chocolate chips


1. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper; set aside. Place the miniature chocolate chips on a plate and place in the freezer until ready to use.

2. Combine the white chocolate and peanut butter in a mixing bowl and microwave on 50% power in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until completely melted.

3. Remove from microwave and stir in Rice Krispies. Let the mixture sit and cool until it reaches room temperature, stirring occasionally, about 10 to 20 minutes.

4. Gently stir in the miniature marshmallows, then the miniature chocolate chips.

5. Turn the mixture into the prepared pan and press into an even layer. Refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes.

6. Remove from the pan and cut into squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

(Recipe adapted from The On-Line Cookbook)


61 Responses to “Avalanche Bark”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks on November 7, 2012 at 12:14 am

    I have made something like this before but with butterscotch chips also worked in, and it’s so rich, with the marshmallows, the chocolate – oh I want to make your version. Mine didn’t have rice krispies in it but used pretzels instead. Must try yours!


  2. Tracey on November 7, 2012 at 1:23 am

    I’ve never heard of avalanche bark, but the ingredient list looks very very promising!! Between the pretzels and this bark I’m very envious of your outlet treats 🙂


  3. Debbi on November 7, 2012 at 4:50 am

    I made something similar but no peanut butter as son allgeric to peanuts. i used marshmallows butter and cocoa powder and dark chocolate melted together and added rice cripies with added mini marshmallows and milk chocolate drops. When set I drizzled white chocolate on top. So quadruple chocolate they kids loved it. I am from UK so not sure what dark and milk chocolate is in America


  4. T.A. Helton on November 7, 2012 at 7:03 am

    These sound so yummy!


  5. Rachel on November 7, 2012 at 7:17 am

    What would be a good substitute for the peanut butter? I don’t want to change the flavor too much by just omitting it! They look so good!


    • Michelle on November 7th, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Hi Rachel, Are you asking due to a peanut allergy, or some other reason? If there is an allergy, you can substitute sun butter (a sunflower-based alternative to peanut butter), or, if there is not a tree nut issue, almond or cashew butter.


  6. little kitchie on November 7, 2012 at 7:53 am

    what a great recipe! these sound divine!


  7. Taylor @ greens & chocolate on November 7, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Omgggg I love Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory…I used to work by one and practically lived off Avalanche Bars and their Sea Foam!! Sooo good!! I’ve made these before too and after seeing your post will definitely be making them again soon!!


  8. Paula on November 7, 2012 at 8:30 am

    I’ve never heard of Rocky Mountain Bark but love that it is a combination of Rice Krispie Treat, Fudge and Chocolate Bark. Your re-creation of what you purchased during your wonderful outing looks delicious!


  9. Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) on November 7, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Part like fudge and park like rice krispies treats? I think I could handle that…. most definitely.


  10. Emily B on November 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I LOVE Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory!! I’ve never tried their fudge because I can never seem to buy anything other than an apple pie apple. Oh. My. Geez! But now that I can try this at home, I don’t have to make a choice!!


  11. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction on November 7, 2012 at 9:59 am

    This sounds fantastic! I love Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory treats!


  12. Liz on November 7, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I’ve always wanted to go into that store but I always resist temptation. Now, I can just re-create at home…thanks! 🙂


  13. Jen @ Savory Simple on November 7, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I think I’m in love.


    • Kelly on December 11th, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      I would love to hear a comment from someone that has actually made them. Want to add them to my Christmas baking.


      • Lisa from the 'burgh on December 13th, 2012 at 12:44 pm

        Hi Kelly – I made a batch last night and it’s so quick, easy and delicious. Much better than the original I had at the store!


  14. Katie on November 7, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I walk by the Rocky Mountain Chocolate factory next to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto every morning, and it’s definitely hard not to just walk right in! I love how you’re inspired from all different places! These look amazing and I can’t wait to make them!


  15. Food around my World on November 7, 2012 at 11:36 am

    This looks absolutlely DELICIOUS!!


  16. Holly on November 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Prior to his passing, this was one of my Daddy’s very favorites! I didn’t use chocolate chips though. As the chocolate and peanut butter were fairly warm the marshmallows got very nicely melty! Also I double large batches in a 9X11 (I think) Pyrex dish. I found that it was very easy to remove the candy for cutting if I lined the dish with heavy duty buttered tin foil with the edges overhanging the pan in all directions. I make smaller batches now, but the foil overhand makes so simple to just lift out, and I’ve never had a problem peeling the foil off as long as I butter it!


  17. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on November 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Oh my word…this looks amazing. Definitely trying this one out!


  18. Jenny @ The Brunette Baker on November 7, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Oh my goodness…these look INCREDIBLE! I love when I can make a loved treat at home! Can’t wait to take this for a spin! XO


  19. Amy V. on November 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    This is one of my favorites from pinterest! It is so easy to whip up! Yours look perfect, of course! 🙂


  20. Katherine on November 7, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Who- these look so delicious!



  21. Katie @ Blonde Ambition on November 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I have never heard of avalanche bark, but I am totally intrigued now. White chocolate, peanut butter, rice krispies….where could you go wrong?!


  22. sally @ sallys baking addiction on November 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    the peanut butter, the white chocolate, the marshmallows – I am pretty sure you made this bark for me Michelle. It looks SO rich. I love all the texture and “stuff” going on – I need texture and chunks in my fudge/bark recipes. 🙂


  23. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts on November 7, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I have never tried Avalanche anything. This looks incredible! So easy too, love it!


  24. Charlie on November 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    It’s a keeper Michelle!

    Have a Joyful Day :~D


  25. Laura Dembowski on November 7, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Never heard of these befote but I bet thry are addicting. It’s always dangerous when something so good is so easy to make.


  26. Jessica Miller on November 7, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Happened to have all of these ingredients, so I made some. Good thing I only made a half batch, because it is all gone!


  27. buttercream bakehouse on November 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    white chocolate and peanut butter sound amazing together


  28. Sally - only gluten free baking on November 8, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    This looks so good I’m definitely bookmarking it for later.


  29. Noelle on November 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I’ve never had Avalanch bark, and I’d never even heard of it until just now. I’ll either have to try your recipe, or if I ever get back to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, I’ll probably try it from there.


  30. Lucy on November 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Wow, this sounds incredibly rich but incredibly tasty! Love all the flavours combined into one gorgeous bar.


  31. sara on November 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Yum! I made this this weekend and took it to a birthday party. Luckily, I left the container there (although it was quite by accident) otherwise I would need to go shopping for larger pants! 🙂 So yummy. Thanks for sharing!


  32. Event Lighting Schaumburg Il on November 13, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    This sounds absolutely incredible!


  33. Tanya Barca on November 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    This is the only item I ever get at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, thanks for the recipe! I’m wanting a bit more of a peanut butter flavor so was going to up it from 1/2 cup to maybe 2/3 or 3/4 cup, should I change the amount of white chocolate or rice krispies so the consistency stays the same?


    • Michelle on November 15th, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      Hi Tanya, I think you could increase the peanut butter to 2/3 or 3/4 cup without changing the other quantities. Let me know how they turn out!


      • Tanya Barca on December 8th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

        Finally made this again and I used 2/3 cup of peanut butter – tasted fantastic and had more peanut butter flavor but without being overwhelming.


  34. Lisa from the 'burgh on December 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I picked up a slab of the bark at the Grove City outlets a few weeks ago. After tasting it, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to try your recipe. But…I’m glad I did. It tasted so much better than the one I purchased (it was pretty dry). I’m making this to give out as treats on Christmas Eve. OMG–did you get a look at their giant buckeyes?


    • Michelle on December 13th, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      Hi Lisa, I did see those giant buckeyes, LOVE! So thrilled to hear that you loved my take on the avalanche bars!


  35. Kathy on December 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    OMG!! Thank you thank you thank you! I have made several of your recipes but this one by far is one of the best! Everyone that tries this loves it and asks for the recipe. I had some white chocolate chips left from Christmas baking and used them..so simple and delicious. This is a keeper for my cookie platter presents. Thank you!


  36. Aaron on December 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I just made a Christmas variation of this recipe today. Instead of peanut butter and chocolate chips I used almond butter, chopped pistachios and chopped candied cherries. I also added a 1/4 tsp almond extract and 1/4 tsp salt since the almond butter has none. Can’t wait to taste how they turned out!!


  37. Jessica on February 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I just finished making these and I can’t recommend them highly enough. It was love at first bite for me & my six-year-old (who also helped me make them). The only tip I’d offer is to make sure you really do wait 15 minutes (or even more) before you add the marshmallows & chocolate chips if you want the pristine look in the picture. Even prepping them in the freezer, my chips melted into the bars a little bit. Of course, if you’re like us & are just going to hoover the whole batch, it doesn’t matter at all. Lol… But if I ever make them for a gift or an event, I’ll wait longer before adding the chips, just for best presentation. 🙂


  38. Carrie on April 17, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Super easy and super delicious! A little different than the real version but definitely satisfied my craving!


  39. Alicia on May 21, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Hi everyone! I was just wondering if anyone knew how far in advance this could be prepared and how to store it (air tight container I’m guessing?)?! Let me know when you can. It would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance 🙂


  40. Alicia on May 21, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Nvm! I just read the instructions again and seen it lasts for a week in an air tight container! Can’t wait to make the recipe. I’ll report back once it has been made :). Cheers!


  41. Kelly on June 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I finally made this and it came out excellent. It is rich, but the flavors are great together. I also thought it was fairly quick and easy to make and will definitely use this recipe again! : ) Thanks for sharing this recipe!!!


  42. Rupa on August 17, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I’ve made these several times and each time they’re just as delicious as the first


  43. Jocelyn on September 26, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    I made this bark for the first time the other day, and my family really likes it. Unfortunately, the bark was awfully crumbly, which made cutting it difficult. (In fact, I ended up with a pile of “crumbs” that I plan to mix into homemade ice cream. Yum!) I would like to make the bark again. Do you have any suggestions for correcting the problem I had? Thank you so much!


    • Michelle on October 3rd, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      Hi Jocelyn, Perhaps the mixture sat too long during step #3 or the melted mixture was cooked too long in the microwave.


  44. Keli B. on January 4, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I made 3 batches of this bark over the holidays, was a HUGE hit with everyone and very easy to make! Thanks for the recipe!


  45. Cherie on February 2, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Have tried many avalanche bark recipes and this won is the best! Wont be looking anymore. Thanks for this fantastic recipe! YUMMY


  46. Justin on February 12, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Why are you chopping the white chocolate only to melt it? No need for that. Taking a look at your picture I can see your ratio of peanut butter and Rice Krispies is a little off. Here’s the internal recipe from RMCF:

    Avalanche Bark

    16oz. white chocolate
    16oz. peanut butter (use less if you don’t want a strong PB taste)
    6oz. rice cereal (obviously we know a good alternative)
    5oz. mini marshmallows
    16oz. chocolate chips

    Start out by putting the white chocolate into a large microwave safe bowl
    Microwave it for 30 seconds, stir, and then repeat until it is slightly melted yet still chunky
    Then add peanut butter, repeat the microwave and stir every 30 seconds until everything is melted together
    Then stir in rice krispies
    Then stir in marshmallows
    Stir in chocolate chips, but don’t add in until the mix has cooled a bit, otherwise the chocolate chips will melt (unless you like that).

    Then, pour out onto a large flat pan that is covered in wax paper. Flatten out to desired thickness, and let sit for about an hour or 2 before cutting. If to be consumed at a later point in time, refrigerate but remove from refrigerator a couple hours before serving.

    Since then I have experimented a bit and found that whipping the daylights out of the peanut butter makes them light and fluffy. While you’re whipping it in a high speed mixer add some unsalted butter and some powered sugar. I’ve not nailed down any specific measuring yet. Another interesting alternative is to use crumbled oreos (remove filling) instead of chocolate chips.


    • Michelle on February 12th, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      The white chocolate is chopped because it melts much faster and more evenly than if left as a big chunk, which cuts down on the risk of it overheating and seizing.


      • Justin on February 12th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

        Hum…can’t say I’ve ever had an issue in over 20 years. Are you using bars or morsels? We only ever used morsels.


        • Michelle on February 12th, 2014 at 6:55 pm

          Either bulk Callebeaut or Valrhona in wafers. I actually despise using white chocolate morsels – I find them to be extremely chalky.


          • Justin on February 12th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

            Dont eat at RMCF then 😉


  47. Vanessa on August 26, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! I had something similar at a local bakery and loved them, so I started searching for a recipe and I was excited to see that one of my favorite bloggers is way ahead of me! I just made two batches for a potluck.


  48. Terry Maez on December 6, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    I worked across from Rocky Mountain absolutely loved the avalanche bark, but pricey…
    So I went home and made it…I triple your ingredients because everyone loves it. The guy at Rocky told me when you make just make sure the mixture cools before adding the mini chocolate chips…
    It’s easy tasty and is loved by all. I high recommend trying this promise you won’t be disappointed…I wrapped mine in plastic wrap then stored in Tupperware.


  49. Junglewife on March 5, 2015 at 11:03 am

    This used to be my absolute favorite from RMCF but I haven’t had it in a while. My husband just brought me home a piece after one of his business trips, and I have to say, it’s not as good as I remember. Maybe they have changed their recipe, but the piece he brought me seems to be almost ALL rice krispies, where what I remember was a lot of the chocolate/pb mixture with some rice krispies for crunch. In any case, I’ll tell him to save his money and I’ll make up a batch of your recipe the next time I get a craving for it! (By the way, I told him that I get most of the recipes I make from your site and it’s the first place I look if there’s something I want to make… just took a batch of your chocolate-chocolate chunk muffins out of the oven a minute ago!)


  50. Trina and Tina on January 29, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    These are the perfect treat for a snow day! But honestly who needs a snow day? Perfect for today! Thanks!


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