These Rocky Road Bars have candy rocks in them instead of chocolate chips – which makes them literally ‘rocky’.
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.
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.
- 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
- Line an 8-inch square pan or form with parchment paper. Leave an overhang to be able to lift out the bars later.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pour into lined form and press in with a spoon. Sprinkle a few mini marshmallows and candy rocks on top.
- 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.
Note: If you can’t find candy rocks in the store, they are also available from Amazon: Chocolate Candy Rocks