Ultimate Rocky Road Recipe

Ultimate Rocky Road Recipe

One of my Antipodean favourites, I first had rocky road in Australia, quite some time before it became popular over here. I spent some time fruit picking, and first tasted this as one of many delicious treats concocted and cooked up by the farmers’ wives, who were the most amazing bunch of bakers I’ve ever met. This ultimate rocky road recipe pays homage to them.

There’s absolutely no baking required for this kind of recipe for rocky road though, so it’s as easy as can be. As you can add just about anything you like, the term recipe applies very loosely here. In recent times I’ve devised all kinds of other rocky road, or Tiffin, recipes – any successful attempts will make it onto this blog at some point! This – my best Rocky Road recipe ever – is where that all started.

All you need to do to make this easy peasy rocky road is assemble your ingredients, chop biscuits, melt chocolate, mix then press into a dish before chilling. So this is basically an easy fridge cake. Australian and British versions of this modern classic do vary slightly. The former often contain cherries, coconut and peanuts, whereas the latter includes raisins and digestive biscuits. I like to add Rice Krispies to lighten things up a little. Some people include golden syrup – or even butter – but this is a Rocky Road recipe without golden syrup (or butter). As this is so simple and involves no hot pans, it’s also the best Rocky Road recipe for kids to make. With or without assistance, depending on age, ability and safety.

Slicing it up is easiest when you remove if from the fridge a while before cutting. Don’t worry too much if the pieces are not regular or uniform – the rustic look is all part of the charm. It is a ‘rocky’ road, after all! This easy dessert certainly deserves a five star rating for flavour as well as ease. You can use dark, mix or both kinds of chocolate in this rocky road recipe: milk chocolate is more often found, however.

Makes about 12-24 pieces, depending on size

Ultimate Rocky Road recipe ingredients

  • Digestive biscuits, 8
  • Milk chocolate, 500g, melted
  • Mini marshmallows, 50g
  • Raisins, 50g
  • Rice Krispies, 50g


How to make this Ultimate Rocky Road recipe

  • Chop or bash the biscuits (with a rolling pin) until they form a variety of crumbs and small pieces. A good mix of sizes is best. (I chop mine.)
  • Melt the chocolate. I do this in the microwave – just check every few seconds and stir each time. Remove as soon as it is mostly melted and stir well. The residual heat ensures that the rest will soon melt as well. Stir again, then leave to cool slightly. Try a low heat, rather than full power, if you haven’t done this before.
  • Line a suitable square or rectangular lasagne or baking dish with a layer of greaseproof paper while the chocolate cools a little.
  • In a large bowl, combine the warm chocolate with the other ingredients. Make sure the chocolate is not hot, or it will melt the marshmallows and they will disappear!
  • Press the mixture into a baking tray, smooth over, and add some sprinkles if you’d like to. Chill until set – for at least half an hour.
  • Remove from the fridge for a while to soften a little before cutting into bars or squares, then chill again until ready to eat.
  • If you like you can add a fine dusting of icing sugar before serving – my local bakery does this and theirs is awesome!

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