I received this message on my Facebook wall from my little sister Olivia the other day.
That kid makes me giggle. Mainly because the rocky road she was referring to was not something I had made especially for her and her mates. I had made the crunchy chocolate treat for our Father’s Day lunch the previous week, and she had been lucky enough to stash some away and take to her share house to enjoy over the next few days. I don’t blame her, the rocky road was bloody tasty!
My sister is the life of the party. She is loud and proud and the similarities between her personality and my daughter, Lucy are uncanny. I often catch myself calling Lucy, ‘Liv’ and having strange instances of Deja Vu when caring for Lucy that transport me straight back to our childhood in the country town of Pinjarra.
It isn’t so much that they look the same- yes the both have brown hair and yes they both have an incredible tan – but it is more their mannerisms and the way they speak their mind. It is the way they give you the disapproving side eye when they don’t like what you have just said, the scream in frustration when they don’t get their way (thankfully at 21 Olivia is well past this stage!) and roaring laughter when they find something humorous. When Lucy and Liv are together they are like two peas in a pod. Lucy adores her Aunty Liv. And I don’t blame her!
So, just for my little sister, here is the recipe for rocky road. D I S C L A I M E R – this recipe is in fact our mum’s recipe, which I have stolen from her. Thank our mum for your new rocky road addiction and subsequent larger pant size.
You can basically put anything you like in rocky road and there are not set quanities, but in our family there are a few rules!
- THERE MUST BE NUTS. PEANUTS. SALTED PEANUTS.
- NO BISCUIT – this is a deceptive filler.
- DON’T USE CHEAP CHOCOLATE. ONLY CADBURY MILK CHOCOLATE WILL DO.
800g Cadbury Milk Chocolate
4 Turkish Delight chocolate bars
350g Salted Peanuts
1 bag of Allens marshmallows
2 Cherry Ripe bars (not included in this example – I forgot to buy them!!)
Line a baking tin with baking paper. I used an 18x28cm lamington tray.
Chop chocolate into small pieces and melt over a low heat, stirring often. Don’t let the chocolate burn. Once melted leave to cool slightly.
Chop Turkish Delight and Cherry Ripe.
Add Turkish Delight, Cherry Ripe, marshmallows and peanuts to the chocolate. Stir until well combined.
Pour into the lined tin, ensuring that the rocky road in somewhat level and reaches all four sides and corners.
Refrigerate until set completely.
Once set, chop up and try not to make yourself sick by having too many ‘taste testers’.
Finger lickin’ gooooood!