Photo Jacinta Young
My Dad is rocky road’s number 1 fan – even though he’ll have you believe he’s been on a stringent self-imposed diet for years void of most of the good stuff due to a few close calls with his health. However, Rocky Road quietly makes the cut along with the occasional liquorice allsort but you didn’t hear that from me…
Dad’s favourite rocky road besides mine of course is made by local company Darrell Lea. Unfortunately the company look like they could go out of business much to horror of a legion of Australian fans who have grown up with the locally made chocolate over the past 85 years. Apparently sales of “Rocklea Road” have doubled since the business made it’s woes known – a testament to the long term loyalty of its many chocolate loving fans including yours truly who can never go past (my favourite) a lovely creamy packet of “nutty milk chocolate” goodness.
Its rather ironic then that history goes that “Rocky Road” was an ice cream flavour born in America during the great depression. The name of the flavour was chosen to give customers something to smile about during hard and ‘rocky’ times. With all the gloom and doom stories being peddled out there at the moment, it seems like now more than ever is the perfect time for everyone to enjoy a piece of my rocky road! My Christmas in July guests certainly did!
Here is my recipe for Rocky Road – eat often and smile 🙂
- 1 cup peanuts (salted or raw)
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- 1 packet strawberry and vanilla marshmallow
- 400gm chocolate (200g milk/200g dark)
- 2 x turkish delight bars
- Chop turkish delight, add marshmallow, peanuts, coconut and mix in a bowl
- Break up chocolate and melt in a bowl over simmering water
- Pour the melted chocolate over the mixture in the bowl and combine
- Spoon chocolate mixture into a small rectangular tin. Place in fridge and leave until set
- Slice and serve