I am a massive chocaholic. It is a weakness and I dream of living on chocolate. But the harsh reality is that I would be a whole lot bigger and subsiding on chocolate alone isn’t exactly a healthy diet. So I have many, many cake books and books dedicated to chocolate and when Simon is working late, I can often be found sitting on the sofa reading the recipes and salivating over the yummy cake pictures secure in the thought that this is a more slimline way to enjoy chocolate! I value the hard work I put into losing the baby weight I put on during my first pregnancy to binge on chocolate on a weekly basis.
After reading that, it isn’t a surprise that my children love chocolate too. Birthday cakes are chocolate as standard and you can guarantee that there is always chocolate in some form or other in our pantry.
Rocky Road is a favourite of our kids; it contains chocolate, marshmallows and biscuits – incidentally all items which I am sure my children would classify in a food group of their own if they had a chance (I am very glad that they don’t!). I don’t tend to share the rocky road with them when we have it as marshmallows make it unsuitable for a vegetarian diet. But, in addition to ensuring his wife always has a good supply of caffeine (in the form of coffee), Simon bought me a whole load of vegetarian marshmallows. Yes I could go out and buy them for myself, but it makes them all the more special when they are bought for you.
So this time the rocky road was to be vegetarian. I decided that instead of a traditional rocky road I would fill it with chocolate and treats that I like so we put fudge, Crunchie bars and oaties biscuits (like Hobnobs) in. It was epic. Honestly I was worried that no-one else would get a look in, but I am happy to report I shared this creation admirably.
- 400g chocolate (we used a mixture of dark and milk)
- 125g butter
- 5tbsp golden syrup
- 150g Crunchie Bars
- 150g Oaties biscuits (or Hobnobs)
- 100g vegetarian marshmallows
- 100g fudge
- Grease and line a brownie pan.
- Weigh out the chocolate, butter and golden syrup in a large bowl and melt in a double boiler on the stove.
- Meanwhile, using scissors chop the marshmallow (if they aren’t mini) and the fudge pieces.
- Bash the biscuits in a zip lock bag with a rolling pin or a wooden spoon. You want a selection of bigger and smaller biscuit pieces.
- Slice the Crunchie bars.
- Once the chocolate mixture has fully melted take it off the stove.
- Add the crushed biscuit, marshmallows, fudge and Crunchie bars and mix well with a wooden spoon.
- Transfer the mixture to the lined brownie pan and gently smooth with the back of the wooden spoon or a spatula.
- Place in the refrigerator until set, sprinkle on icing sugar
and then slice. I initially cut this into large slabs (clearly I was thinking about how much of it I wanted to eat!), but later I cut each piece into three smaller pieces. This made them more suitable for snacks for the kids!
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do and please do let me know if you give it a go.