Rocky road (dessert)

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Rocky road
Traditional, Australian-style rocky road
Place of originAustralia
Main ingredientsMilk chocolate, marshmallow

Rocky road is a type of no-bake slice made up of milk chocolate and marshmallows along with other ingredients, which tend to vary by country. In British influenced areas, Rocky Road is a type of tiffin or traybake (other non-Rocky Road tiffins/traybakes exist but these are not called Rocky Road) but the Australian/American name is becoming more common. It is usually served in individual portions such as a brownie, or in American cuisine, as an ice cream flavor.[1][2]

It is made by mixing melted chocolate with other ingredients, before refrigerating to set. It can then be cut into bars or square pieces.


The origin of the dessert is debated; many American companies claim to have invented rocky road in the 19th century.[citation needed]


The main ingredients in traditional Australian rocky road are:

  • glace cherries or raspberries
  • milk chocolate (sometimes dark or white chocolate is used)
  • desiccated or shredded coconut
  • nuts, particularly peanuts
  • marshmallow

The most famous commercial brand of rocky road in Australia, is the Darrell Lea "original recipe" version, sold as "Rocklea Road". This version does not have cherries or raspberries, instead having bigger marshmallow chunks and more coconut. A raspberry version is also available.

United Kingdom[edit]

The main ingredients in traditional British Rocky Road are:

  • dried fruit
  • biscuit (usually digestives)
  • milk chocolate (sometimes dark or white chocolate is used)
  • a light dusting of icing sugar on the top (optional)

United States[edit]

American rocky road brownies

The main ingredients in traditional American Rocky Road are:

The most popular version of rocky road in the U.S. is in ice cream form, which consists of chocolate ice cream, marshmallows (or sometimes a "marshmallow swirl"), and nuts. Although not as popular, slabs of rocky road can also be found at confectioner's shops. The Annabelle Candy Company manufactures a candy bar called "Rocky Road" that has marshmallow, a thin covering of chocolate, and cashews. Betty Crocker has its own recipe for "Rocky Road".[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rocky Road Dessert Pizza". Pillsbury Company. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  2. ^ "Edge of gory! Bakers craft creepy cakes". CNN. 2013-10-30. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  3. ^ "Rocky Road Brownies". Betty Crocker. 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-25.