Growing up I remember my mother loving rocky road. It was a treat that family members would bring her from America. Since they usually visited around Christmas time it became “Christmas Rocky Road” in my mind.
I didn’t have it for many years and then, while in Australia, I had some of the Darrel Lea one and I was hooked. Last time we were in Australia Lexi also had a taste and, of course, was hooked too.
It is a typically Australian treat. The earliest mention of rocky road dates back to 1953. It’s thought that it was made as a way to sell confectionery that had spoiled on the trip from Europe to Australia.
Interestingly, it is completely unrelated to the ice-cream flavour. But we love creating our own mash-up of the two with chocolate and marshmallows. It’s very simple to make and you can customise it according to your tastes. Best of all, kids can get stuck in and enjoy the process too.
My advice for making rocky road with your kids is to be prepared for mess! Let them get their hands stuck into the mixture, it’s a great opportunity to teach them about food hygiene. Let them taste the mixture and lick the bowls and spoons. Lexi absolutely loved wiping up the chocolate in the bowl with little marshmallows!
For hers, Lexi chose to put in popcorn, mini-marshmallows, and pretzels. The sweet and salty combination is amazing!
We also made a batch of “Christmas rocky road” (recipe below) that we gave away.
Christmas Rocky Road
- 160 g dark chocolate (2 slabs)
- 80 g milk chocolate (1 slab)
- 80 g white chocolate 1 (slab)
- 1 cup popcorn
- ½ cup dried cranberry
- ½ cup cashews (or peanuts)
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- ¼ cup candied orange peel
- Place chopped dark chocolate in the top of a double boiler or a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water.
- Cook, stirring occasionally, until melted, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the milk- and white chocolate.
- In a large bowl, mix all the other ingredients, reserving a handful.
- Stir in the dark chocolate and press the mixture into a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
- Sprinkle the reserved mixture on top and drizzle with the melted milk- and white chocolate.
- Leave it to cool (somewhere where the kids can't reach it) for a few hours until it hardens and sets.
- Break into chunks or cut into even portions.