Saturday, 15 January 2011

Rocky Road

This month's we should cocoa challenge is surplus stock or leftovers.  Two things immediately sprung to mind - rocky road or compost cookies/bars.  I then saw this post on ultimate rocky road and decided that it had to be rocky road hummingbird style with a little me flavour :)
I had a lot of leftovers from the festive baking as I bought way more than I needed as usual.  I also didn't quite bake everything I had planned to for the festive season. I still have dates that I bought for last month's we should cocoa challenge but decided against using it this time. Look out for a future date recipe though.
A picture speaks a thousand words so it's probably best to illustrate the ingredients that way. The 2 large slabs of dairy milk chocolate were initially for a chocolate fountain at my friend's new year's eve party but everyone was too full and drunk for it to even materialise.  I had marshmallows, nuts, dried cranberries and chocolate chips leftover from baking various things during the festive period. I seem to have a bit of everything leftover so this recipe was perfect! The rich tea biscuits I had in the cupboard and the maltesers were for a malteser cupcake which is still on my to bake list.  I have to admit I did buy the chocolate bars after reading the recipe.

Ok now here's a secret.... I'm not a huge fan of rocky road but I'm a total convert now.  I usually use Nigella's recipe when I make them but I have to say that these are seriously amazing!! You really, truly have to try them. I brought them to work and they disappeared by lunch time!! I have to echo Steven of Adventures of a foodie and proclaim these the ultimate rocky road. The plus side is it's a no bake recipe. It's so simple and quick to make, I'm actually making these again tomorrow as I still have a lot of leftovers to use up!

 melt chocolate 

 bowlful of goodies! 

 I thought it looked a bit plain so... 

 .. I added some rainbow sprinkles 

 large, chunky rocky road 

 the crunchie bar is my favourite bit 

This is the actual recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook

1.4kg milk chocolate, roughly chopped
8 regular sized chewy, filled chocolate bars of your choice, roughly chopped (eg snickers, mars, crunchie, etc)
100g marshmallows
180g chocolate-coated malt honeycomb balls (Maltesers)
100g dried apricots, roughly chopped
100g raisins
100g cornflakes
100g chocolate vermicelli

a 33 x 23 x 5 cm baking tray, lined with greaseproof paper

  • Put the milk chocolate in a large saucepan over medium heat and heat until melted and smooth, stirring occasionally. 
  • Put the chocolate bars, marshmallows, honeycomb balls, apricots, raisins and cornflakes in a large bowl and pour in the melted chocolate. 
  • Mix with a wooden spoon until everything is well mixed and the dry ingredients are evenly dispersed. 
  • Press this mixture into the prepared baking tray, using a  tablespoon to flatten and compress it.
  • Sprinkle the chocolate vermicelli all over the top.
  • Leave to cool completely then cover and refrigerate overnight. 


  1. I'm glad you are a convert fan of rocky road. It is definitely a favourite at my house. For birthdays and special occassions it's the first thing they ask for! I love the look of yours all piled up.

  2. Those look so chocolatey and creamy and crunchy...all at the same time! Yum! Thanks for sharing this recipe :)

  3. Wow, love love love rocky road and this looks so yummy! Your portion sizes are enormous! just the way I like them! and I have never thought of adding crunchie before...I think that would my favourite part too!

  4. These look amazing! Thanks for sharing. Like you, I have so much leftover from the holidays. I have to get baking!

  5. OMG! Of all the days to start my diet!!!!

  6. Can I have that top piece please? The one with the HUGE marshmallow in!!!

  7. Woo hoo, I want to go through your cupboard and have a look at your chocolate stash, I wonder if yours rivals mine ;)
    The rocky road bars look amazing.
    *kisses* HH

  8. Looks like the king of rocky roads!!

  9. Not sure I like the idea of compost cookies, but these sound wonderful. Can't believe I missed this post - thank goodness for We Should Cocoa ;-)

  10. this looks great and it is good to have some confirmation of my hunch that honeycomb would be great in rocky road

  11. I could so go for a piece of that right now!! I'm sure it's to die for!! And those sprinkles look great!! Jazzes 'em up some! :)

  12. rocky road is indeed a simple no bake recipe, I should make it again soon.

  13. OMG how much sugar in one bite!!!??


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