These Rocky Road Bars have candy rocks in them instead of chocolate chips – which makes them literally ‘rocky’.

Literally Rocky Road Bars from leelalicious.com #nobake #chocolate

I already told you a couple of weeks ago that we have moved on to Vietnam in our slow-travel adventure. We rented a small apartment for now but the no oven situation continues.

However, it is SOO HOT here in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) – baking wouldn’t really be a pleasure anyway. So the no-bake dessert streak continues.

Do you know these chocolate candies that look like rocks?

I found some in a little convenience store and just picked up a couple little bags without a clue what to do with them. If nothing else, I could always just eat them, right?

And that’s precisely what my husband and I did with one of the baggies. We ate it. On Valentine’s Day. While watching a movie and drinking $2 red wine. (Ok – it was a small bottle).

Yup – this is how we roll! Or make do when there is no sign of Valentine’s Day around us.

Literally Rocky Road Bars from leelalicious.com #nobake #chocolate

Literally Rocky Road Bars from leelalicious.com #nobake #chocolate

Literally Rocky Road Bars from leelalicious.com #nobake #chocolate

I still had the other baggie of candy rocks and when I came across some rocky road bars during my daily internet surfing research, I had a brilliant idea.

Instead of chocolate chips the recipe called for Maltesers candy (which are like Whoppers) but I figured – due to its name – candy rocks would work even better! Making these “Literally Rocky Road Bars”. Corny, eh?

It was a British site where I came across the recipe. They don’t seem to use walnuts or almonds for rocky road but get the crunch from cookies bits (although they call them biscuits). Which also work really great to give these no-bake bars substance.

Of course I also needed marshmallows for Rocky Road Bars. I could find only one kind here which was a bag of bigger vanilla and chocolate marshmallows but I needed minis. So I just used kitchen scissors to cut them up into smaller pieces.

The candy rocks, cookie bits and mini marshmallows are held together by a chocolate-butter-honey mixture. The original recipe called for golden syrup but I like to use honey instead.

To be honest, the chocolate I used this time wasn’t the greatest. Vietnam has a lot of amazing foods to offer – but chocolate isn’t one of them.

However, after melting it together with the butter (French import) and honey, I was surprised to find that the chocolate actually tasted really good now! I don’t know if I can recommend using lower quality chocolate, but if you have some laying around that needs to be used up, this would be the recipe for it!

To see how I put these Literally Rocky Road Bars together just watch the little video I made. I finally got over myself and did a voice-over (thanks for the push Erin ;)) and you can actually see my face in the video.

Literally Rocky Road Bars

Makes 16 Bars

Literally Rocky Road Bars

These rocky road bars include candy rocks instead of chocolate chips making literally 'rocky'.

Ingredients

  • 225g Chocolate (milk or semi-sweet)
  • 100g / 7 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Honey or Syrup
  • 100g / 2 cups Mini Marshmallows
  • 100g Candy Rocks
  • 225g Biscuits/Digestive Cookies/Graham Crackers

Directions

  1. Line an 8-inch square pan or form with parchment paper. Leave an overhang to be able to lift out the bars later.
  2. Break or cut the chocolate into pieces, add butter and honey or syrup. Place on top of a double boiler and stir until melted and smooth. Cool for about 10 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl stir together mini marshmallows, candy rocks (reserve a few for sprinkling) and broken up cookies with the chocolate mixture until everything is nicely coated.
  4. Pour into lined form and press in with a spoon. Sprinkle a few mini marshmallows and candy rocks on top.
  5. Place in the fridge and chill for at least 2 hours. Lift chilled and hardened Rocky Rock out of the form and cut into bars.
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Note: If you can’t find candy rocks in the store, they are also available from Amazon: Chocolate Candy Rocks

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20 Responses to Literally Rocky Road Bars

  1. These are awesome Regina!!! Love the dark and moody photos too!!!

    • Regina says:

      Thank you sooo, soo much Aimee! Darker, moody pictures are definitely more difficult but the vintage (aka very old) desk+chair at out current place just were too perfect not to use as background ;)

  2. Ha, I love that you used candy rocks in these, so they are literally rocky road bars. They look fantastic!

  3. I love the photos! And the recipe too of course – chocolate, graham crackers, marshmallows – can you really go wrong here?! Amazing!

  4. natalie says:

    Such indulgent bars, they look fantastic!

  5. So great to see you and hear your voice, Regina!! I saw these rocks on Amazon a little while ago, but passed on them as I was a little worried about the taste. I will definitely have another look – these bars are wonderful. Love the moody photos – I am trying, without much luck, that technique.

    • Regina says:

      Haha, thank you Jacquee. I really had to get over myself to actually be in a video but now I am glad I did.
      And thank you also for your sweet comment on the picture. Dark+moody certainly isn’t easy but I am sure you can do better than me :)

  6. Very, VERY! cool photo shoot! Thanks for linking up to it. I love the dark, moodiness and those COOL cross sectional shots with all that candy and goodies loaded up in there! Delish!

    • Regina says:

      Thank you soo much Averie! You have no idea how this means to me coming from you :)
      Somehow these bars looked best and the most contrast from the side so I really liked the cross-sectional view

  7. Okay, 1) I love your photos. They’re so dark and moody, like Averie said, which is totally cool and different (unlike all mine which basically scream “PINK!!” in every shot, haha). 2) These bars are so fun! I love that you made them literal rocky road bars by adding candy rocks. Such an underrated candy!!

  8. Your photos are so cool! I love the dark and moody shots! Yay for no bake treats with marshmallows and chocolate…and the candy rocks in these is so fun!!!

    • Regina says:

      No bake is all I can do for now but I have come to enjoy and embrace it in this ever-hot climate.
      Thank you also for your comment on the pictures. You all are soo sweet and totally made my days!

  9. Regina, I LOVE everything about this post! As everyone’s stated, your photos are gorgeous, but even more, I really want like 3 of these rocky road bars right now!

  10. AAAH! You sound like a German! I know you’re German and all, but I don’t think of you as German (because you like to bake yummy stuff + your English is perfect (does that make me awful?)) FUN! I love the video! And it’s SO much better with your face and voice.

    And oh my gosh. That first picture! AMAZING! I saw it on Pinterest and just assumed it was Baker’s Royale. It was you?! Wow. Amazing job. :)

    • Regina says:

      Woahh…Erin!! You are making me blush! This is by far the best photography compliment I ever got..thank you!
      Haha…German roots die hard I guess. One way to be different :D

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