If you’ve ever wanted to know how to make rocky road bars, this Easy Rocky Road recipe has everything you need. Just 5 ingredients and 10 minutes work plus all the ideas to be able to customise your rocky road exactly the way you like.
It dawned on me that you might have a large amount of chocolate hanging around your house right now and could use a way to repurpose. Enter this Easy Rocky Road recipe.
All you need is 5 ingredients and 10 minutes and this simple no-bake dessert can be in the fridge chilling out until you’re ready to devour it.
Rocky Road is one of the all time fun desserts for kids to make too since it’s literally a throw-everything-in-a-bowl-and-mix style recipe. No cooking at all, just melt and mix. It’s such a great way to get kids into the kitchen being creative.
What is Rocky Road?
In some parts of the world Rocky Road is a flavour of ice cream but the same name is also given to no-bake chocolate bars comprising largely of marshmallows and chocolate.
There are so many reasons you need to make these Rocky Road Bars right now
- Obviously, it’s delicious
- Very easy to make
- Kid-friendly recipe
- 5 ingredients
- Infintely customisable
- It makes amazing gifts
A very traditional Rocky Road recipe is chocolate, marshmallows, peanuts, coconut and either Turkish delight or glace cherries.
How to make Rocky Road
- Start by melting chocolate – I do mine in the microwave but it’s very important not to let it get too hot. Heat it in 30 second burst making sure to stir well between each one. It shouldn’t take more than 2 minutes.
- Add your add-ins – marshmallows, shortbread pieces, peanuts and raspberry candy all go in now and mix it all well.
- Tip it into a lined loaf tin – then place in the fridge to chill for about an hour.
- Cut it into slices – you can store it in the fridge now or wrap it and give it as gifts.
Rocky Road Ideas
To me, an easy Rocky Road recipe is comprised of 5 parts. Part 1 is chocolate, and the other 4 parts are all textures – soft, chewy, crunchy and crispy. With those 5 parts in mind you can go crazy creating all kinds of rocky road variations to suit whatever you feel like or whatever you have on hand. Here’s what I mean;
- Chocolate – Use white, milk, dark, caramelised white chocolate or ruby chocolate. Or a combination of them. You can even use a different colour chocolate to drizzle over the top as contrast too.
- Soft – Marshmallows and with this sweet treat it really can be nothing else, however, you use the ones you like. From vanilla to multi-flavoured, twisty marshmallows, mini marshmallows, marshmallow ropes – use whatever you have or like.
- Chewy – for this component think things like Turkish delight, jelly candies, gummies, dried fruits, glace cherries.
- Crunchy – what I mean by this is something hard and crunchy like nuts and pick the ones you love – almonds, peanuts, macadamias, cashews – there are so many to choose from.
- Crispy – for this component you want a dry crispy texture like cookies or things like maltesers (whoppers), honeycomb or clinkers. While a traditional rocky road doesn’t really have the crispy component, I love the addition of a little crisp texture.
- Chocolate: milk chocolate and a little dark
- Soft: vanilla and raspberry marshmallows
- Chewy: Allen’s Ripe Raspberries (a raspberry jelly candy)
- Crunchy: peanuts
- Crispy: shortbread pieces.
I also made Easter rocky road bars which has flavoured twisty marshmallows, jelly tots, maltesers, hazelnuts, coconut and is topped with Cadbury mini eggs. The real brilliance of rocky road at Easter time is you can use up all those excess chocolate Easter eggs to make it, then regift it. Imagine giving your mum a homemade batch of rocky road for Mothers Day.
Store your rocky road in the fridge in an airtight container. It will keep well for many weeks.
Can you freeze Rocky Road? Yes you can. Make sure it’s in an airtight container and it will keep in the freezer for a couple of months. Thaw overnight in the fridge.
With such a simple recipe, you can make yourself a batch and make more to give away for gifts. It’s a great Christmas food gift too, so have fun with it and get creative.
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Easy Rocky Road Recipe
- 200 g (7oz) milk chocolate
- 50 g (1.8oz) dark (50%) chocolate
- 1/3 cup Allen's Ripe Raspberries candy (notes)
- 3/4 cup, packed (15 medium) marshmallows
- 1/4 cup peanuts
- 5 small shortbread cookies
- Line a loaf tin, roughly 10x20cm / 4x8 inch, with baking paper.
- Cut the jellies and marshmallows in half. Roughly cut the cookies to a small bite size. Set aside.
- Finely chop the milk chocolate and dark chocolate then combine in a large bowl.
- Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir well and repeat another 2-3 times - stirring really well between each until it's just melted. Don't overheat.
- Add the raspberries, marshmallows, peanuts and cookie pieces to the chocolate and mix well.
- Tip into the prepared tin and nudge it into the corners.
- Place in the fridge to set for about 2 hours to set firm again. Cut into slices and serve or wrap to give away.
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