Easy Peasy Rocky Road

23 Apr 2020

Rocky road is one of those things that everyone loves, is fun to customise and easy to do (unless you're me, in which case it takes you three attempts, but I'll get on to that in a minute). It's a true classic and it's something that's stood the test of time, possibly because it's ideal for clearing out the cupboards or possibly because it's so darn tasty. In today's post, I'll be talking you through my easy peasy rocky road recipe, so you can make your very own thicc blocks of chunky goodness at home!

So what exactly is rocky road? To put it simply, it's a sweet snack that's packed full of textured pieces and bound together with chocolate. Sounds good, right? It originated in Australia, apparently as a way to sell spoiled confectionery like nuts, disguising them with the chocolate flavour. It's now a loved treat all across the world and it typically contains biscuit pieces, nuts, marshmallows, shredded coconut, and glace cherries.

But the best thing about rocky road is that you don't have to play by the rules! If you don't want glace cherries, just leave those suckers out of the recipe or replace them with something better. You can live a little on the wild side and include salty ingredients to mix with your chocolate - think crisps, peanuts, pretzels or popcorn. Or you can go sugar overload and stir in as many sweets as you like! The choice is completely yours, which makes rocky road a thing of beauty. No two slabs are the same!

Rocky road is also a no-bake fridge snack, so you don't have to switch on the oven at all and you don't need any sort of flour. If you've been struggling to get hold of that precious, holy grail flour bag during lockdown, then rocky road is probably the kitchen creation for you!
For my rocky road, I wanted to take elements of the classic and skew them ever so slightly. I opted for marshmallows and crushed up digestive biscuits because that's a combination that never fails, especially with chocolate. But then I decided to add in some chopped Aero Orange for a subtle change of flavour and some smashed up M&M Eggs that I spotted in Aldi. I thought they'd be great for adding a bit of colour and a satisfying crack to the bite. All together, these additions made the rocky road super layered and full, and while I admit that I could have spread the mixture a little thinner to avoid those brick-like pieces that you see in the photo above, I kind of love chunky these guys turned out.

But like I said at the start, it took me three attempts to get this rocky road perfect. Why? Because the first two times, my chocolate seized into thick, gritty messes and I couldn't save it. At first I thought it was because the bowl I was using to melt it in might have been damp, but they were definitely bone dry. Then I wondered if it was the butter, then I wondered if it was just me being terrible at rocky road. But I think it's because I was determined to use milk chocolate. Almost every other recipe on the web uses plain chocolate, but I wanted my rocky road to be super naughty with a milk chocolate glue. But the universe had other ideas.

This means that I had to use plain chocolate for this recipe, but to be honest, I'm not mad about it. It makes these slices so rich and because each piece is packed full of extra tasty bits, the dark flavour is diluted down. However, if you do want to incorporate a bit of milk chocolate to lessen the plain chocolate taste, you can try a 75% plain and 25% milk combination.
This recipe uses fairly large quantities because it's designed to make a lot of slices - perfect for a busy household - but you can easily reduce the measurements and produce a batch that's ideal for you.

You will need:
500g plain chocolate
200g unsalted butter
5 tablespoons golden syrup
Any 'rocky' pieces you want to add (I used 100g marshmallows, 14 digestive biscuits, one chopped Aero Orange bar and a bag of M&M Eggs)
50g white chocolate

  1. Line a large baking tin with tin foil and set to one side.
  2. Break up your plain chocolate into a large, heatproof bowl. Place it over a pan of barely simmering water and stir until melted.
  3. Add your butter and golden syrup into the bowl, and stir into the chocolate until the mixture is glossy.
  4. Remove the bowl from the heat and allow it to cool for around 10 minutes.
  5. Chop or smash up any of your large ingredients, like biscuits or chocolate bars, and once you are satisfied, pour them into your chocolate mixture and stir. Add in the smaller ingredients, like marshmallows and stir.
  6. Once you've incorporated all of your 'rocky' pieces, spoon your rocky road mixture into your prepared baking tin and smooth it out. At this point, you can add any toppings you want (I used some non-smashed M&M Eggs).
  7. In a small, heatproof bowl, melt your white chocolate over a pan of barely simmering water, stirring until melted.
  8. Remove from the heat, then drizzle over the top of your rocky road while it's still warm, then when you're happy with the way it looks, put the baking tin into the fridge for at least 2 hours (or overnight), then cut it into slices or fingers and enjoy.

And that's really all there is to it! Melt the stuff, add in some chunky bits and chill it! It's completely foolproof (ignoring my two failed attempts) and it tastes incredible. If you want to make your slices look extra fancy, you could even dust some icing sugar over the top - trust me, it's a good look and makes the rocky road taste even better. This is a great thing to make with kids or for those who just aren't all that good when it comes to using the oven.

I would absolutely love to see your makes, so be sure to send me photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and tell me what your choice rocky road ingredients are!

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