Prep Time: 30 min.
Bake Time: 40 min.
Servings: 8
Difficulty: Beginner

Chocolate and bread swirled together make this loaf just as beautiful as it is delicious.


12 Rhodes White Dinner Rolls, dough thawed to room temperature
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon


Use a 8.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 inch loaf pan

Combine rolls and roll out on a sprayed surface to a 18×10 inch rectangle. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let rest.

Combine butter, sugar, cocoa, and cinnamon in a bowl and cream together with a fork to get out all the lumps. Remove plastic wrap and spread mixture evenly over the dough. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top of the mixture. Roll up the dough starting at the 18 inch side creating a long rope. Cut the rope in half lengthwise and twist both halves 3 times around. Wrap the two twisted halves around each other and place in a sprayed loaf pan. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let rise 30 minutes to one hour or until doubled in size. Whisk together egg and Brush over the top of the loaf. Bake at 350ºF for 30-35 minutes.

  • Edna goldman
    January 25, 2020

    Can i makea bobka with the white breaD

    • Debbie from Rhodes
      January 27, 2020

      You can certainly make it from a loaf of bread. Just thaw the bread dough and divide it into 12 pieces and follow the instructions from there. Happy Baking!

      • LN
        March 10, 2020

        What size loaf pan? I did this and it was too much dough for my pan. Thank you.

        • Debbie from Rhodes
          March 17, 2020

          Sorry that happened! The recipe calls for an 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2 loaf pan. If you are using the Dinner size rolls, 12 shouldn’t be too many for that size pan. Are you using the Texas size roll? If you are that might affect the recipe. Also you might try baking it a little longer and you might have to cover the top with foil the last 5-10 minutes so the top doesn’t get too brown and it isn’t baked thoroughly. Hope this helps! If you have other questions, you can call and talk to one of our baking experts at 1-800-876-7333.

      • Tricia Dellas
        June 8, 2022

        Why would you divide the loaf into 12 pieces if the next step is to combine them? I just roll the loaf out and go from there.
        One of my grandsons doesn’t like cinnamon so I omit that but I add a teaspoon of vanilla to the butter mixture and it is excellent.
        I have never had any left after breakfast.

  • Kerri c.
    June 30, 2020

    I’m not understanding why, if using the loaf, would you need to cut it into 12 pieces of you’re only going to combine it again and roll it out? Please explain. Thank you!

    • Debbie from Rhodes
      July 1, 2020

      If you are using a loaf of Bread Dough, you do not need to divide. Some of our consumers do not have access to the bread loaves, so you may use either one. One loaf of Bread Dough equals 12 Dinner Rolls. Hope this helps you!

  • Lori Montalbano Nozzi
    January 1, 2021

    This prob will not Come in time but the outside is dark but its very soft when lightly presed. Should i cober wIth foil for the Rest of the time?

    • Debbie from Rhodes
      January 4, 2021

      Sorry this probably didn’t come in time. But you are right! If it is browning too quickly, yes, then cover it with aluminum foil and continue baking until it is baked all the way through.

  • May 6, 2021

    I watched this being made on a cooking show. They covered it in simple syrup before baking. Is that good to do?
    Sorry for the caps. my computer won’t type in lower case.

    • Debbie from Rhodes
      May 10, 2021

      Thanks for your question! We have not tried that. If you happen to be brave and give it a try, we would certainly be interested in how it turns out. Please let us know.

  • Emmie
    December 15, 2023

    I’ve made it, along with a Cinnamon version to rave reviews! it is fantastic!

  • Catherine DeVault
    March 23, 2024

    Hello. Do you have a fruit babka version? My mom loves this but ca find it so I want to make it f her. Thank you!

    • Debbie from Rhodes
      March 25, 2024

      We don’t have a fruit version. If you find a recipe for that I’m sure you could use our dough to make it.

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