This recipe is a keeper. It is a recipe from my friend Jo, originally from her friend Kirani, which I have ever so slightly tweaked. It makes a huge slab to feed the masses. Perfect for Christmas gifts, parties and school fetes.
The ingredient that makes this rocky road different to any other one I’ve made or eaten is Clinkers. I didn’t know Clinkers existed until I was at college as a fashion student and I was at a fashion parade as a dresser (fashion students do a lot of volunteer jobs as dressers to gain experience in who knows what). One of the other students/dressers pulled a bag of Clinkers out to share around and it was yum. I haven’t really had many Clinkers since then but they are a brilliant addition to rocky road.
This is rocky road as it is meant to be, chock-a-block with lollies and marshmallows. You can glam up rocky road with really fine chocolate, delicate rosewater marshmallows, turkish delight and pistachios but this is for kids, and adults can’t resist it either. However a good drizzle of white chocolate looks impressive and if you’re feeling like taking it up a notch then you can scatter over some silver cachous, edible glitter or sprinkles. A lot of fun to get the kids involved.
The quantities can be played around with so feel free to add more lollies or marshmallows if you feel it lacking and you can also add some chopped nuts. I added nuts for a batch I did for Christmas gifts but this batch is just for kids – treats for all the holiday play dates – so safest to leave nuts out.
The original recipe called for 500g milk chocolate and 500g dark chocolate but I used 700g milk chocolate and 350g dark chocolate just because you can buy chocolate in 350g packs.
This recipe fills a big 35cm x 25cm tin which I lined. But whilst typing here I have had a Nigella cooking show on in the background and I heard her say she uses the big alfoil tins for slices like this as it makes it very easy to remove the set chocolate. Not a bad idea.
Slice into large wedges if giving as a gift and pop into cellophane bags and tie with a ribbon. If I was slicing it up for a school fete stall I would be inclined to do small squares – makes it easy to share out amongst 4 kids there and then!
the ultimate rocky road
700g milk chocolate
350g dark chocolate
3 cups shredded coconut
200g pack of red snakes
250g pack of marshmallows
1/2 pack shortbread finger biscuits
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
100g white chocolate
Line a 35cm x 25cm baking tin or use a big alfoil tray.
Melt the milk and dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl over simmering water. Set aside to cool a little.
Use kitchen scissors to snip up the snake lollies into small pieces into a large bowl. Snip the marshmallows and Clinkers in half and add to bowl. Add the shredded coconut, nuts (if using) and crumble in the shortbread biscuits. Mix everything together before adding the cooled, melted chocolate. Mix everything together well and tip into the prepared tray. Spread out the mix evenly and pop in the fridge until set.
Once set remove from the tray and place on a board. Melt the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl over simmering water. Scrap into a piping bag and drizzle the chocolate over the rocky road. Sprinkle with cachous, edible glitter or sprinkles if you like before the white chocolate sets.