Chocolate Avalanche

I’m a big fan of homemade pressies.

It’s always nice to give something special to loved ones, but it can all get a bit overwhelming and expensive. And what about those people in your life who you really do like an awful lot… but ‘loved one’ is a bit strong?

That chap in accounts who always lets you send stuff in a few days late?

That girl next door who signs for your parcels?

That looker who always smiles at you and you’ve been too shy to say hello to?

Your boss?

What do you get them?

A bag of Chocolate Avalanche, that’s what.

Even the most novice of cooks can make this (perfect for littles who want to take gifts into school).

Total credit for this recipe goes to Mrs J Bond who’s made it for me every Christmas since I went to pre-school with her son, Charlie.

You only need 5 or 6 ingredients, and you can usually use what you’ve got in the cupboards.

I use:

6 100g bars of good quality dark chocolate

4 Crunchie bars

2 handfuls of pecan nuts

1 handful dried cranberries

1 handful pistachios

Dusting of raspberry powder (sold in most healthfood shops, or just used dried raspberries if you can’t get any)

Sprinkle of flaked sea salt

Start by gently toasting your pecan nuts in a dry pan on a medium heat. It’ll only take a few mins but makes a big difference to their flavour. Put these to one side.

Grab your chocolate!

Chop it up.

Melt it. Either in a Pyrex bowl over a bowl of simmering hot water or in the microwave (obviously if littles are making this, an adult should do this part).

While it’s melting chop up your toasted pecan nuts.

Line a large baking sheet with clingfilm.

Roughly chop your Crunchie bars.

And when the chocolate is melted, smooth and glossy throw the Crunchie in.

Mix and pour onto your waiting clingfilm.

How much do you want to lick the screen right now?

Push the chunks around so it’s pretty evenly distributed.

Sprinkle over your chopped pecans.

Your cranberries.

Your pistachios.

Dust with raspberry powder.

NB: Here it’s always good to pretend you’re the God of Christmas. The chocolate is your landscape and you’re making it snow pink snow. Say “Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas” in your best, booming voice.

Do not skip this step, it makes a tremendous difference to the outcome of your Avalanche.

Sprinkle with a big pinch of sea salt (this will bring out the sweetness in the dark chocolate and stop it tasting bitter).

Stand back and admire your handiwork.

Pop it in the fridge until it’s set, which should take about an hour, maybe two.

When it’s done you should have something that looks like this.

You can now either bring it down with a smash, which will leave you with nice natural chunks of Avalanche, or you can be more systematic and cut it up.

Pile a few pieces onto a piece of cellophane wrap.

Pull all the corners up into a pouch and tie with a bow.

Repeat until you’ve run out of Avalanche and leave them somewhere cool until they’re ready to be given to your lucky recipients.

If at all possible, you should include a tag that says:

To: ______

Chocolate Avalanche

From: ______

Ava-Great Christmas!

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  • YUM!
    For us in the States- do you have a suggestion of the candy bar to use instead of the Crunchies?


    • Rosie

      Hey Sara,
      I always forget that you guys don’t have the same chocolate as us! I always just assume Americans have everything.
      You could just use chunks of honeycomb, I believe it’s sometimes called “Seafoam” in the US?
      If not, anything with a good crunch. Gingerbread men broken up would be nice!
      R x

    • You can buy honeycomb in lots of health food shops and sweet shops in the UK, perhaps it’s the same in the US?

      • Juliest

        Not actual bee’s honeycomb, that would not survive the melted chocolate very well. They mean the confection called honeycomb toffee (you guys call it sea foam?)

    • JaxGilly


    • Lindsey

      Sea foam! It looks just the same! Im from USA as well, and that is what I’m going to use.

    • E G

      You could probably uses Reese’s. =D These look delicious, Rosie!

      • Madison Vain

        hi ladies! just made this and used malt balls — amazing, soft crunch!



  • Harriet Wild

    Ooh I’m going to do this tonight for all those people who have been amazing throughout the year as a little token. Good call Agent Thomas! X

  • Fabulous idea – thanks Rosie!

    • Rosie

      Any time HH! x

  • Fran

    Looks brilliant, and a perfect idea for presents! I’m going to head to the shops soon to buy the ingredients, thanks for another sorted afternoon Rosie! (aka procrastination from uni work) xx

    • Rosie

      Send me a piccy when you’re done, Fran! x

  • Charlotte

    Such a great idea! I’ll def be whacking this out – also great for poor students. I found chocolate heaven in Paris:

  • Oh my…that looks dangerous to my waistline…

  • Snow my gosh these look so good! Although i fear eating one may be a ‘slippery slope’ to eating more πŸ˜‰ x

    • Rosie

      Too true Amy.
      Best to package them all up and just leave one piece for yourself at the end!

  • I adore this idea – Plus you could buy a nice mug and pop the chocolate inside to make a little more of a gift and inspire the recipient to dunk the chocolate into chocolate..liquor coffee etc xo

    • Rosie

      Lovely idea Katie!

  • Lisa

    such a great idea!!! I’ll definitely make these tomorrow πŸ˜‰

    • Rosie

      Let me know how you get on Lisa!

  • Sepideh

    Raspberry powder?! How interesting…!!! And I love DIY stuff like this because it definitely does make a nice but super thoughtful gift…!! I also just posted ‘Holiday Almonds’ on my blog as a sweet treat for the holidays which I am also going to make for the in-laws when I go over for Christmas!!

  • Queenie Lee

    These look lush! Can’t believe they’re so easy to make too πŸ™‚

  • Lottie Greenwood

    Its my last day in my job on Friday so I may make this as a goodbye/leaving gift for my team πŸ™‚

    • Rosie

      Perfect Lottie!

  • this looks incredible! I can’t wait to try it!

  • That’s a great ideal! I’ll definetely give this a try newt weekend.

  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    I like home made little goodie presents as well, it shows a lot of effort and thought behind it, and after all – that’s what counts :o). Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

    • Rosie


  • Nia

    Anyone know where you can get relatively cheap raspberry powder…? :/ Not so friendly for the poor student

    • Rosie

      You could always use popping candy instead Nia, would be fun!

      • Nia

        Oooh – now that’s an idea! Thanks Rosie πŸ™‚

    • Danielle Graf

      i used raspberry jello powder

  • OMG! I am sooooo making this (for myself!)
    Wishing you a wonderful week Rosie xoxo

  • this looks so good!! x

  • Joey Ebbutt

    Oh my gosh this looks incredible and makes me want to go make it asap! (and yes I did want to lick the screen..) Delicious
    J x

    • Rosie

      Even I did Joey! x

  • Another fabulous idea!! I’ll definitely trying this with popping candy xx

  • htiscali
  • So much more exciting than the normal homemade Christmas treats.. I was planning to do a batch of fudge and peppermint creams to back for family in Dorset but I think they will all be getting Chocolate Avalanche… if I can not eat it all in the process…..

  • Little Miss Notting Hill

    Gorgeous idea Rose! I’m experimenting this year with homemade stuff so shall add this to the list πŸ™‚ you could also pop these in a cute mug to make the gift a bit more substantial too xx

  • Melanie

    Nigella has a recipe for a crunchie/chocolate/salted peanut creation which is incredible and I get asked for every Christmas since giving it as pressies one year, if you haven’t already you should definitely try it, a mixture of this recipe and that would be a dream!!

  • saradujour

    Ah shucks. Just when I thought I’d satisfied my chocolate craving, you go and post this! So wish I could ‘ave some! πŸ˜‰


  • Madeleine Batchelor

    This is awesome, I’m making them for my family but is there anything I could use instead of nuts? xx

  • I wouldn’t be able to resist these – there would be none left to give away!

  • Lily Hartley

    This looks gorgeous – I’m definitely going to have to have a crack at making it myself, what a good present idea!

  • Oh my goodness, this looks so good! I guess it’s about time to bust out the Christmas fat pants;) Definitely will need to give the majority of this away!

  • That looks so yummy! I want to get my hands on some raspberry dust, it looks like fun πŸ™‚

    Charlotte x

  • Oh. My. Good. Lord.
    Just looking your pics have got me droooooooling away.
    Right off to the gym… once I have drawn up a quick shopping list!!!!

    Lisa x

  • This looks delicious! I may have to cook a batch up myself!

  • Ellen P-H

    This looks divine Rosie!

  • Amilia Sofia

    Wow – they look delicious! I’m definitely going to try this over Christmas! Xx

    Mili Mola

  • Sarah Beth

    I absolutely need something for my boss and this is perfect, thanks for the idea! xxx


  • me and my mum used to always give these kind of things out at christmas, they are so simple but look so good xxx

  • Anon

    Hi Rose,

    I have been a follower of yours for a long time and you just get better and better! I need some advice, I’m going to a party on Saturday and I’m torn…there is this guy I fancy who is going to be there: he’d really cool, indie/artsy and a friend but he’s never really ‘seen’ anyone at school…friends of mine think he’s into me and I don’t know what to do if he does make a move because there is someone else on the scene. He’s really clever and funny and we got to know each other recently on a french trip to Paris! He hasn’t made a move but I feel he will after the holidays! I really like him but feel maybe I should pursue the cool one?

    Thanks and lots of Love,

  • Yep, and I’ll be keeping a decent chunk for myself πŸ™‚ Happy Holidays, Rosie!
    Perpetually Caroline

  • MissEmmySue

    Oooh, I’m definitely going to make this for all of my coworkers! Such a yummy, easy treat!
    Since we don’t have Crunchies in the US, I’m going to try subbing pretzels…I’ll let you know how it turns out! xoxo

  • Looks so amazing Rosie <3. It's even more precious than the expensive presents because it's handmade and a lot of effort is put into making it. You're such a sweet person πŸ™‚

  • Yup. Definitely trying this one :D.

    Kisses from Marbella

  • Em

    Oh this is brilliant! I was going to make truffles as an extra ‘something’ with my sisters main present, but this just seems SO much easier! This may become a mainstay in my Christmas baking war chest if all goes well πŸ™‚

  • sophia

    That chopping board and cutter would be the perfect xmas present for my sister – she’s always chopping nuts and choc when baking, do you know where i could get my hands on them?

  • Jasmine Sach

    Hi Rosie, love the idea! Thinking of doing this for xmas! Where did you get the pretty spotted cellophane from? Love the blog x

  • Nichola Allan

    I seem to have missed the instruction ‘Don’t eat as you go along…’ that’s a small bar of chocolate…

  • This looks so delicious and super easy! Will have to give it a go!

  • Rosie that looks INCREDIBLE.
    I just want to tip a whole bag into my mouth, honestly.
    Great idea to give as a gift, and I do actually have most ingredients in my cupboard already!

    { Teffys Perks Blog } X

  • Lacey Ostermann

    Rosie, I made last night and the result was stunning! They’re all wrapped up and ready to give away to deserving recipients today! Oh, and you forgot to mention all the little bits of nuts/cranberries/crunchie bars that are left behind on the cutting board after you chop it all up – the tastiest scraps ever. MERRY CHRISTMAS and thanks to you and Mrs J Bond for this winning festive recipe! xx

  • Heavenly delicious! Thanks for the idea, as always πŸ™‚
    Iinear xo

  • Wow this looks amazing! I’m gonna make it for the hollidays Thanks for sharing this! I’m just wondering the Cunchie bars we don’t seem to have this in Belgium. Is there something else you would recommend to mix it with? I realy like to collor of the Yellow in this mix.


    Sera S

  • awatkerf02

    Hey Rosie!

    Great post! Where in London did you get the pretty wrapping from?! It’s so cute!!

  • Michelle
  • violeta

    in the christmas eve is my birthday, and almost every year me and my friends have a little party at my house, around the tree. and i like to give them presents.this is a brilliant ideea, i will do that for them this year. thanks for the recipe!:)

  • Nicola Barrett

    Merry Christmas Rosie! Where did you get your spotty cellophane?



  • Catherine S

    This is such a lovely idea- I’m definitely going to mix some of this up. Perfect gift all year round xx

    Catherine x x | Candy Cosmetics

  • So glad I found your blog just now!

  • Rhiannon Heraty

    How many pressies does this make Rosie, roughly?

  • Katie

    This is the 2nd year I’ve made this for family at Christmas and I’ve had no end of complements! Thanks Rosie πŸ™‚