Mom's Chocolate Bread Recipe
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Mom's Chocolate Bread Recipe

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My mom made this divine chocolaty bread only for holidays or special requests, but it makes any old morning even better. I always think of our family when I smell it baking. —Rachel Rhodes, Bedford, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 4 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cold butter
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tube (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 164 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 165mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. For streusel, in a small bowl, mix 3 tablespoons sugar and flour; cut in butter until crumbly. Reserve half of the streusel for topping. Stir cinnamon and remaining sugar into remaining streusel.
  2. Unroll crescent dough into one long rectangle; press perforations to seal. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and cinnamon mixture. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Fold roll in half lengthwise; transfer to a greased 8x4-in. loaf pan. Brush with butter; sprinkle with reserved streusel.
  3. Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 1 loaf (12 slices).
Originally published as Mom's Chocolate Bread in Taste of Home February/March 2016, p43

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KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 247724
Reviewed May. 1, 2016 Edited Apr. 7, 2017

"I like the combination of cinnamon and chocolate, but I found this bread was too dry. I made a second one and reduced the oven temperature to 350 and baked it less time (25 minutes), and it was a little better."

siram User ID: 4065103 244098
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2016

"Terrible toooo... much cinnamon, usually I double cinnamon in recipes, wish I would have trusted my gut on this and used 3 tsp. instead. Also I wish I would have used mini chocolate chips and cut down to 1/2 cup another thing I usually add extra of."

Fab4Gramma User ID: 5704160 243924
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2016

"Easy and tasty."

LindaS_WI User ID: 7202558 243700
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2016 Edited Jul. 27, 2016

"I just made Mom's chocolate bread with my granddaughter because it reminded me of babka. Yes, it's got a lot of chocolate. Yes, it's got a lot of cinnamon. That's what what we loved about this. You can always cut the amounts down but we loved it just the way it's written."

Linda4325 User ID: 8723650 243024
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2016

"This was terrible. My husband was the only one of the 4 of us who liked it enough to eat it but he complained that it was weird. I tossed half of it out. I did not add all for the cinnamon sugar mixture that the recipe called for because it was clearly too much. I used about 2/3s of it and it was still way too much."

watsonl1 User ID: 3481416 243004
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2016

"The overwhelming chocolate and cinnamon taste in this bread was just too, too much for me and my chocoholic daughter. The taste of the crescent rolls themselves was completely absent due to the filling's dominate taste. IF (a big if) I were to make this again, I'd cut the filling in half so as to enjoy just a tiny bit of the bread texture and taste. Also be aware that it barely rises to fill a loaf pain. Just a so-so recipe in contrast to all the good bread recipes available."

sugarlily User ID: 5847621 242896
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2016

"Guess I did it wrong. Does the rectangle come out with triangles two across and 4 long? Not much to work with to roll up jelly roll style. Mine did not press and stay together and ended up falling apart and just lumped in the pan in a heap."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 242693
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2016

"Fun and easy breakfast or dessert bread."

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