Friday, August 14, 2015
Chocolate Rolls, The Pride of Searcy County Arkansas.
Haven't heard of this one? You'll want to stick around for this.
The chocolate roll has been made by families around Searcy County for decades. I can attest to this. My brother's grandmother, Shirley Diemer, made these crumbly concoctions in her kitchen. I can remember that crusty, chocolate combination back to the age of ten. Shirley, as the rest of the Diemer clan, was from the Leslie community.
Searcy County proceeded to go about the celebration of this native foodstuff, but the word has not spread far. Ask someone outside of north central Arkansas about the dish, and you may get a confused look. No worries, I know where to get them.
The festival is in March, but for now, get yourself by Misty's and try one. Here's a recipe, if you want to try to make one yourself...
Searcy County Chocolate Roll
1 c. flour
1/2 c. vegetable shortening
1/4 c. cold water
dash of salt
3 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1/3 c. butter or margarine
1/3 c. sugar
Incorporate all pastry ingredients into a pie crust-like dough. Roll out. Cream together cocoa powder, sugar and butter and spread on surface of pie crust. Roll from one end, tucking in sides like you would a burrito. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden and molten. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.
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Labels: Arkansas food, Arkansas foodways, chocolate roll, chocolate rolls, Leslie, Misty's Shell, Searcy County
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Wow! Ive never heard of a chocolate roll...looks and sounnds tastyReplyDelete
Where on 65 is this?ReplyDelete
On 65 North just outside Leslie as you head toward Marshall.Delete
I will have to remember this if I'm ever in Searcy.ReplyDelete
It's not in Searcy, but in Searcy County. North of Clinton on Hwy 65 before you get to Marshall :)Delete
I'm from searcy.had never heard of a chocolate roll. They are in searcy county. Had my first one the other day and omg! Awesome! Almost as good as chocolate gravy and biscuits!Delete
We just stopped at Misty's for the first time today, and when I searched for a chocolate roll recipe I found your blog. My chocolate roll was delicious- my mistake was only buying one!ReplyDelete
I just stopped there and got one. Hadn't heard of them before. Can't wait to eat it!ReplyDelete
My husband and I just went to look at property in Leslie, Arkansas over the weekend. While stopping in a convenience store / Diner I noticed a man grab about 5 of these "chocolate rolls" and I asked what it was....he stayed that his wife calls them "heaven rolled up with chocolate". We had to buy one for the novelty factor, only to shortly turn around and go back to buy a few more....simple, easy and quiet frankly, heaven in your mouth!! So glad when I went on Google to find this recipie that I found this blog!!ReplyDelete
My mom is from Leslie and has always made these. She adds pecans sometimes. Love them.ReplyDelete
My Mom grew up in Stella, Arkansas. She always made these for me as a kid. So good!ReplyDelete
My Mom is from Stella. I remember her making these when I was a kid. They are sooooo delicious!ReplyDelete
My granny Grider from Quitman Ar, always made these when I was a kid. Best thing ever!!She always hide them in the cabinet on a plate!!!!ReplyDelete
I knew them as "Side Pies". Delicious, now I need to make a trip to Arkansas!ReplyDelete
They are delicious! Be sure to go to the festival. You will be stuff from eating so many.ReplyDelete
My Mom made these for all the kids she baby sit with. We all loved them.She was from Searcy County. She never could make enough that was the same with her chocolate gravy and biscuits. She was the best when it came to cookingReplyDelete
My Granny always made these. She died in February 1981 and no one in the family knew how to make them. I lived with my Granny/Granddaddy from 1954-1959, ate many of th these. We lived in Tyronza, Marked Tree, Harrisburg areas. Gonna have to try to make them!!ReplyDelete
My mom made these when we were growing up. Unfortunately she passed before I could get her recipe so I googled it thinking maybe something will come up. It did and better because my mom, a Henley, grew up in Saint Joe Searcy County Arkansas until the family moved to Harrison and I learned how they originate here and must be legit! I can hardly wait to try making them!ReplyDelete
I grew up on Chocolate Rolls. I was raised in Northeast Arkansas in Clay County. None of our family was from Searcy County as far as I know. They are amazing. I also grew up with Chocolate gravy and biscuits.ReplyDelete
One question....do you use self-rising flour or plain flour???ReplyDelete
I’m from southwest Kentucky and I grew up eating these. I wonder how we got the recipe for them? I finally got my mom to teach me how to make them. I videotaped her and put it on our family Facebook page so everyone has the knowledge now. I need to come to the festival one day.ReplyDelete
From Northeast Arkansas, my Mother always made these. My Mother-in-law made chocolate and also used cinnamon in place of cocoa, called them butter rolls. I make them now, and used prepared crust from grocery store, much quicker and just as good.ReplyDelete