Last week Eddie was telling me about his class mate who always brings a piece of Rocky road in his lunch box, and could I please-please-please make some for him too.
I haven't made the Rocky road for ages, and decided it was as good time as any to make a slab, especially that I've seen a Sainsbury's recipe online for a white chocolate Rocky road with party rings on top.
I didn't have any white chocolate, but found a bag of chocolate buttons which came with one of the food magazines last year, and it needed to be used.
It looked very pretty with party rings, but apparently - according to the Rocky road purist in Eddie's class - rocky road doesn't have any party rings. I told Eddie that the Rocky road could have a big variety of ingredients and funky elements to it, and showed him some of the recipes online.
There was one special recipe, where Clinkers and raspberry jelly were used. I've never heard of Clinkers (I think it might be an Australian thing), but that Rocky road definitely rocked.
What do we have in the kitchen that might look good in the Rocky road? Jelly diamonds - why not?
I also had a mini bag of Forest Feast Milk Chocolate Mango & Coconut Fruit balls (from the latest Degustabox).
|Forest Feast Milk Chocolate Mango & Coconut Fruit balls|
Rocky Road with jelly diamonds
135g butter, unsalted
200g chocolate buttons (or cooking chocolate bars)
3tbsp golden syrup
200g Rich tea biscuits, broken into pieces
30g jelly diamonds (optional)
30g chocolate mango coconut fruit balls (optional)
Start by melting the butter and chocolate buttons. You will need a pan with boiling hot water underneath a glass or ceramic container where the chocolate goes. The top container should not touch the hot water.
First goes the butter, so that it starts melting before you add the chocolate buttons or broken chocolate bars and golden syrup. It prevents chocolate from going grainy. Mix it all with a wooden spoon until thick and glossy.
Set the container aside to cool a bit before adding the remaining ingredients. If you add the marshmallows while the chocolate is hot, they will melt.
Once cool enough, add the broken biscuits, marshmallows, jelly diamonds and halved chocolate mango coconut fruit balls.
At this stage you can add any ingredients of your choice.
Line a deep tray with cling film or foil, scoop the rocky road into the tray and flatten with the spoon.
Press the slab evenly. Set in the fridge for at least two hours, but preferably overnight.
Slice into pieces before serving.
You can play around with whatever sweet ingredients you might have - Maltesers, Rolos, Creme eggs (chopped or mini), popcorn, raisins, glace cherries etc etc. Biscuits could also vary.
Or just be traditionalists and keep it simple.
What are your favourite additions to the Rocky Road?