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Janelle Bloom’s Rocky Road Recipe


Inspired by the colourful candy from animated family film HOP (available to own on DVD August 4) chef Janelle Bloom shares her recipe for delicious Rocky Road and some tips for shaking up this traditional kids’ favourite!

Janelle tips for cooking with kids: “Rocky Road is a treat the entire family loves. It’s quick and easy, not to mention deliciously naughty. Spending valuable time with the kids in the kitchen are memories that will last forever, it teaches the kids many things- how to read, how to get organized, how to clean up and patience. Rocky Road is one of those recipes where you can interchange the basic ingredients to add your favourite things; like swap the milk chocolate to white, replace the Smarties with M&M’s or chocolate coated sultanas or add your favourite lollies like chopped snakes alive or mint leaves, the recipe is only limited by your imagination.”

Ingredients

1 cup shredded coconut

400g good quality milk cooking chocolate, chopped

2 tbs vegetable oil

100g marshmallows, chopped using scissors

1 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts (see note)

200g good quality white chocolate, chopped

1 cup smarties

Method

Grease and line a 20cm x 30cm slab pan with baking paper, allowing a 2cm
overhanging on both long edges so you can lift the rocky road out once its set.


Preheat the oven to 180°C fan forced. Spread the coconut onto a baking tray. Put into the oven and cook for 5 minutes, stirring once until the coconut is lightly toasted.


Remove and set aside to cool slightly.


Place the milk chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering
water and stir often with a metal spoon until the chocolate is melted and smooth
(make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water). Alternately microwave the chocolate in a heatproof, microwave-safe bowl (like Pyrex) in 1 minute bursts on High/100%,
stirring every minute until smooth. Stir in the oil. Remove the bowl to the bench and
allow to cool for 10 minutes.


Stir the coconut, marshmallows, peanuts, white chocolate and smarties into the milk
chocolate until well combined then spoon into the slab pan. Cover and refrigerate 1-2 hours until firm. Cut into small or big pieces and serve.


Note: You can replace the peanuts with other nuts like macadamia, walnuts or roasted hazelnuts or try crispy fried noodles, you will find them in the Asian section of the supermarket.

Tips for the kids!

Not only can you change the ingredients around you can have so much fun with the
shape!

1. Cut the rocky road into squares, pipe numbers on top using melted chocolate or
icing and shape it like hopscotch squares.


2. Spoon it into upside down party hats so its shaped like a pyramid tree.


3. Set the rocky road in paper cupcake cases and make a rocky road croquembouche.


4. Shape it like a donut and hang it to a clothes line with string and play the donut game where all hands are secured behind your back and you have to try and eat the
rocky road quicker than everyone else!

What’s your favourite recipe to make with the kids?