Rocky road (dessert)

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Rocky road
Rocky Road dessert.jpg
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 which is usually served in individual portions such as a brownie, or in American cuisine, as an ice cream flavor.[1][2]


The origin of the dessert is debated, but the earliest mention of it dates back to 1853 in Australia, where rocky road was supposedly created as a way to sell confectionery that had spoiled during the long trip from Europe, which were mixed with locally-grown nuts and cheap chocolate to disguise the flavour.[3] According to this origin story, the name comes from the rocky road that travelers had to take to reach the gold fields. Additionally, many American companies claim to have invented rocky road in the 19th century.


The main ingredients in traditional Australian rocky road are:

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


The main ingredients in traditional Bahrain rocky road are[4]:

  • milk chocolate
  • Nutella
  • pistachio

United Kingdom[edit]

The main ingredients in traditional British Rocky Road are:[5]

  • dried fruit
  • biscuit
  • milk chocolate (sometimes dark or white chocolate is used)
  • a light dusting of icing sugar on the top
  • It came to Britain in the year 1971

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.[6]

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. ^ "5 Things you didn't know about rocky road! Cakesmiths". 2014-02-15. Retrieved 2017-08-16.
  4. ^ "Rocky road - Rocky_Bites". Rocky Bites. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  5. ^ "Rocky road crunch bars". BBC News. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  6. ^ "Rocky Road Brownies". Betty Crocker. 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-25.