Love is a rocky road

Tomorrow is a special day.

It is my little (big) brother’s 18th birthday and also my 6th anniversary with my boyfriend.

I have this week off work so what better way to spend my time than to concoct some yummy treats for my favourite boys!

I punted for some rocky road as they are ridiculously easy to make yet ludicrously, undeniably tasty.

The recipe I have used is from the Nigella Lawson website.
You will need:
300g chocolate (dark, milk or a mixture)
125g butter
3 tablespoons Golden Syrup
200g biscuits (I used Rich Tea)
100g mini marshmallows
A pretty pinny!

The wondrous nature of this recipe is that it is entirely adaptable to suit your tastes.
So you could use digestive biscuits if you wished, and you can go crazy and add in any other ingredients you wish such as:
glacΓ© cherries, nuts, fudge chunks, rasins…
The list is fruitful and extensive so just have fun! πŸ™‚

Firstly you need to warm the butter, chocolate and golden syrup in a bowl over some steaming water.
{I used half milk and half dark chocolate for my rocky roads. I personally don’t like dark chocolate, but if you used just milk chocolate, then they would just be far too sickly (even by my standards) so half and half is a happy medium.} 
But you can adapt it to suit your preference.

Do not allow the water to boil, but just let it simmer and keep the mixture circulating with a pink spatula until you are left with a gelatinous mess like this…

Now you need to place your biscuits into a bag and get crushing to break them up into bite-sized morsels!

Reach for a hard item, preferably a rolling pin, and bash the biscuits until you are left with a mismatch of varying-sized pieces. You don’t want to over-exert your aggression here, otherwise the rockiness of rocky roads may be in contentious. I believe, the more chunkier the biscuits, the better.

Now return to your melted chocolate mix and decant about a third of it into a separate bowl. This will be used later.

To the remaining chocolate, add your smithereens of biscuits and the mini marshmallows and combine together with your pink spatula.
Once all your ingredients are nicely coated, press down into a tray, lined with greaseproof paper, for easy removal once refrigerated.

As you can see here, the mixture looks a bit dry and sparse on top…so that’s where the rest of the chocolate mix comes in…

Pour the chocolate all over the top and this will fill in all the gaps and create a glossy, even finish on top. You can use a palette knife to smooth it over.

And you are done! Just whack it in the fridge for a good 2+ hours, cut into desirable portions and lightly fairydust with icing sugar.

This recipe makes 14 generous bars.

And all wrapped up for my boyfriend. x

Love really is a rocky road…

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68 Comments

  1. 6th September 2010 / 8:00 pm

    this looks soooo good, you've made me a very hungry lady! x

  2. 6th September 2010 / 8:01 pm

    Oooh look at you, Chef Milly πŸ˜‰ I wish I was any good at baking as this looks simply beautiful! Happy anniversary to you and the boy! And wish the big little brother a happy birthday from me too! xxx

  3. 6th September 2010 / 8:03 pm

    YUUUUUURGHHHHH wtf Millycakes!! righto.. my hips are gonna hate yoooou but i love you πŸ˜€ yummers! how easy is this?!?!?! something with no nuts, sick of seeing packaging saying not suitable for nut allergies πŸ˜‰ hehe! yumyum, and hope you have a marvy week celebratin yr bro's bday + your anniversary! xxxxxx

  4. 6th September 2010 / 8:03 pm

    This look amazing πŸ™‚ yummy yummy! Get you cook Milly, I wish I baked and did nice homely things like that, the best I can do it put bread in the toaster
    xx

  5. 6th September 2010 / 8:03 pm

    I am wishing even more that I had some treats in the house, now! x

  6. 6th September 2010 / 8:04 pm

    mmm these look amazingβ™₯ have a nice day tomoro πŸ˜€ xx

  7. 6th September 2010 / 8:04 pm

    Yum yum, green & blacks chocolate is making me drool!

  8. 6th September 2010 / 8:05 pm

    Oh em gee. You must be like the best girlfriend ever haha.
    I definitely think i need to make these, they look JUST like the Starbucks ones. YUMS.
    I am now drooling haha xxxx

  9. 6th September 2010 / 8:06 pm

    I'm ure my stomach rumbled at when i finished reading this! lol
    Deffo gonna make these tomorow, they look scrumptious! xx

  10. 6th September 2010 / 8:08 pm

    Happy Anniversary to you and your man πŸ™‚ these look truly delicious! Im sure he will enjoy these as much as I have enjoyed looking at them haha xx

  11. 6th September 2010 / 8:09 pm

    Yummmm these look delish, Milly you are such a domestic Godess!
    Hope your boys have a lovely day!
    x x

  12. 6th September 2010 / 8:10 pm

    Haha wow! Your boyfriend is a lucky boy πŸ™‚ Ive got my anniversaire with the boy this week too, but I dont think il be making anything as awesome as this :p tagged you in my last post missus! xx

  13. 6th September 2010 / 8:11 pm

    They look soo good!Im on a diet atm so this is unfair but when i reach my goal im going to make these as my treat! Mmmm πŸ™‚ hehe x

  14. 6th September 2010 / 8:12 pm

    If thats what he gets I would like to be your boyfriend lol.. I loooove rocky road!!! :)) xxxx

  15. 6th September 2010 / 8:15 pm

    My boyfriend loves Rocky Road, I think we will have to give this a try sometime!!! πŸ™‚ xxx

  16. 6th September 2010 / 8:16 pm

    They look delish – shame I'm veggie so can't eat the marshmallows lol! x

  17. 6th September 2010 / 8:16 pm

    yum! theylook gorgeous, i'm definitley going to be trying this soon!
    also congradulations on your anniversary πŸ™‚ x <3

  18. 6th September 2010 / 8:20 pm

    I absolutely LOVE baking/cooking/food in general, and I bake most weekends. I have baked these before, and they are YUMMY! An extra thing you can put in is some chopped up white chocolate buttons!

  19. 6th September 2010 / 8:25 pm

    wowza! they look amazing πŸ™‚ xxx

  20. 6th September 2010 / 8:26 pm

    Yum yum yum! I'll definitely be trying this out! xx

  21. 6th September 2010 / 8:37 pm

    Wow, I'm so going to have to attempt that. How thoughtful aswell. Great Idea xx

  22. 6th September 2010 / 8:42 pm

    They look delicious! I love rocky road but I've never tried making it myself, I might now! πŸ™‚ x

  23. 6th September 2010 / 8:43 pm

    They look so delicous. πŸ™‚

  24. 6th September 2010 / 8:50 pm

    This looks delish….I'm now craving this hehe! Congratulations to you and your man πŸ™‚ x

  25. 6th September 2010 / 8:51 pm

    they look lush! you are going to love being able to take your brother out for a drink, and happy anniversary πŸ™‚

    xo

  26. 6th September 2010 / 9:07 pm

    I love your post title! I've made these before, they are extremely rich but so good. Where did you get your cellophane bags from? x

  27. 6th September 2010 / 9:10 pm

    was just droooling over this when reading it on my phone in the pub. looks amazing, and dont want to think about the calories though! whoaaa.

    might have to cheekily make some soon!

  28. 6th September 2010 / 9:10 pm

    OMG! this look deliciouss!! thanks for posting! i must try this out some time!! & happy anniversary to you and your boyfriend! ( :

  29. 6th September 2010 / 9:20 pm

    YUM! Lucky boyf!
    Hope you have a lovely week off.

    xx

  30. 6th September 2010 / 9:21 pm

    That looks delllllish! Love how you could really add anything to it, going to have to give this a go!!

  31. 6th September 2010 / 9:25 pm

    They look soooo nice!! Gonna have to make some! I'll miss out the marshmallows though, as I'm a veggie. x

  32. 6th September 2010 / 9:27 pm

    Oh wow these lok so yummy mmmm I think I'm going to have to give this recipe a try πŸ™‚

    Lots of love,
    Katie
    xoxo

  33. 6th September 2010 / 9:54 pm

    hmm seriously those look really good !!

  34. 6th September 2010 / 10:06 pm

    these look soo delicious!

    i am going to have to make some of these πŸ™‚

  35. 6th September 2010 / 10:12 pm

    Now that is the kid of rocky road I love. Happy Birthday to your brother and Happy 6th/8th anniversary. Xxxx

  36. 6th September 2010 / 10:16 pm

    They look so yummy and simple enough to make. I think I might make some at Christmas! Thanks for sharing.. Xx

  37. 6th September 2010 / 10:16 pm

    These look so naughtily yummy!

    Have a fab week off and enjoy your day tomorrow πŸ™‚

    Xx

  38. 6th September 2010 / 11:34 pm

    Oooh, these need to be in my life right now. They look delish! Thanks for sharing the recipe πŸ™‚

  39. 7th September 2010 / 2:30 am

    It looks delish!!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!! You are certainly a good chef too! xx

  40. 7th September 2010 / 3:50 am

    Aw lush! I love rocky road! I put nuts, cherries, big marshmallows and biscuit in mine! Super greedy! xxx

  41. 7th September 2010 / 3:52 am

    Those look delicious. I'll def. be trying out the recipe. πŸ™‚

    Erin
    Stylishsports.blogspot.com

  42. 7th September 2010 / 3:55 am

    These look adorable! Going to save the recipe and try them out :)x

  43. 7th September 2010 / 5:51 am

    I bet the boy LOVES you!! Gorgeous and and cook! πŸ˜‰
    you make me want to get my little pink apron out and bake!
    Love this recipe too..

    Quick question, I'm loving the presentation of it all. Where do you get all your wrapping materials from?

    xox

  44. 7th September 2010 / 6:54 am

    I love Rocky Road – as does the boy! I think if he sees this he will have higher expectations from my baking though! xx

  45. 7th September 2010 / 7:55 am

    y'know i'm pretty sure that my boyfriend loves you after seeing this post! he's told me that we have to make it or else.. haha he's never had rocky road before! xx

  46. 7th September 2010 / 10:18 am

    mmmYummmmyyyy! Haha! It looks delicious, and it's so easy to do.
    xx

  47. 7th September 2010 / 10:24 am

    yummmmmmm…. this looks so lush… I think i'm gonna try it out! xx

  48. 7th September 2010 / 11:49 am

    Millie they look so delicious. I think you should open a bakery! x

  49. 7th September 2010 / 11:54 am

    omg looks amazing!! But Milly I think you just ruined my diet eeek x

  50. 7th September 2010 / 11:55 am

    Wow, They look amazing! Need to make them! πŸ™‚ xx

  51. 7th September 2010 / 11:57 am

    these sound gorgeous great post hun xx

  52. 7th September 2010 / 12:17 pm

    so doing these later xx

  53. 7th September 2010 / 3:33 pm

    omg milly…! i am not happy with u..lol..! I started my diet yesterday an then i read this post and i'm now wiping drool off my laptop here.. Lol! I written dwn the recipe anyway so i can treat myself when i lose the pounds..haha wat a vicious circle.. Great post!! :)) xx

  54. 7th September 2010 / 3:50 pm

    scrummy!! Have you ever tried White Rocky Road?? You dont need alot as its much sweeter than normal but for white choc lovers its heaven!!

    Sher x

    http://sher821.blogspot.com/

  55. 7th September 2010 / 5:23 pm

    I am off to make some right now! They look so yummy…however I don't think mine will turn out quite as professional as yours!
    great post as always! xxx

  56. 7th September 2010 / 5:57 pm

    Ahh looks bloody gorgeous Milly! xx

  57. 7th September 2010 / 8:43 pm

    These look so yum πŸ™‚ I may tackle this soon, i haven't abked for years and i used to love it!
    xx

  58. 7th September 2010 / 8:43 pm

    These look so yum πŸ™‚ I may tackle this soon, i haven't abked for years and i used to love it!
    xx

  59. 8th September 2010 / 11:24 am

    Oh my, that looks delicious… have the biggest craving! Love your blog, by the way – I've tagged you in my most recent blog post; do take a look when you get the chance πŸ™‚ x

  60. 8th September 2010 / 7:56 pm

    Oh I've never tried making these before. Since you say they're easy I will def give them a go πŸ™‚ Thanks x

  61. 9th September 2010 / 8:52 am

    look delightful, am off to make some cupcakes for my faves now xxxx

  62. 10th September 2010 / 8:42 am

    It looks so delicious! yummy yummy!aawww Milly you always makes me hungry! Calories don't bother me…I need to do this right now! You're boyfriend is the luckiest man in the world! I'm definitely in love with your recipes and your blog!

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