Thursday, 16 January 2014

Rocky Road using Vegetarian Freedom Marshmallows

Rocky Road is a rare treat for a vegetarian, and like all of my favourite recipes, you don't have to be at all precise with quantities. It doesn't need baking and so it's perfect for cooking with kids.


 I was sent some strawberry and some vanilla marshmallows from Freedom Mallows to review - they're Gelatine Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Fat Free and it's a perfect time to introduce my 2 youngest to the joys of making Rocky Road. 


Strawberry weren't really suited to what we had in mind, vanilla were better, but if I wanted to add fruit such as dried cranberries or raspberries to my Rocky Road and possibly some white chocolate then they'd go very well. Sadly we didn't have fruit, so we had the terrible task of eating half (they are gorgeous), and I've saved some for later...


The first step with Rocky Road is to take some chocolate and break it into pieces, in our case a standard 150g bar of dark chocolate. 
Add around 25g of butter and 1 tablespoon of golden syrup (if you wish) for each 100g of chocolate.
Melt in a double boiler or in a bowl over a saucepan or steamer over a gentle heat - don't let the water touch the bowl or it can burn the chocolate and it spoils the taste.


While that's melting you need to get all your other ingredients ready.


You need around 4 biscuits of your choice per 100g chocolate. Digestives are traditional, but I like to use shortbread as well. Crush them or crumble them with clean hands or a rolling pin, but leave them quite chunky.

Marshmallows!

The rest of the ingredients are up to you. We chopped up some fudge and we also used some chocolate orange buttons. You can use dried fruits, smarties, sweeties, and all kinds of other sweet treats.


Once the chocolate has melted give it a stir and start adding your ingredients -
be quick before the chocolate sets hard.  


  If you have ingredients that will melt, add them last of all - when the chocolate has cooled enough that it won't just melt them. If you think your mixture has too much chocolate at this point then add some more ingredients. As long as they're coated in chocolate it'll work. If you prefer more chunky chocolate and less added extras then make it how you like it!


Put your mixture into a deep tray lined with greaseproof paper and press it down hard to pack it together. If you don't have greasproof paper you can just press it down with clean hands, the back of a spoon or a spatula. 


Put it in the fridge for an hour or two until it's well set. 


Cut into portions and enjoy....


Freedom Mallows are currently available from Harvey Nichols or online from their website. We were sent our 2 packets to review and they're lovely. It's not often my veggie kids get to eat marshmallows, and we've all enjoyed them very much!

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27 comments:

  1. So vegetarian basically means healthy right... RIGHT. *salivates*

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    1. Oh absolutely. I think we've covered at least 3 essential food groups there - chocolate, marshmallows and biscuits. And it's all really healthy.... ;)

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  2. Oh I do like a good rocky road and this looks delicious!

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    1. Thank you! It is gorgeous....even if I do say so myself :D

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  3. Oh My Word - you have made my day; Vegetarian Rocky Road - does life get any better?!

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    1. I don't think it does. I've eaten most of it myself :D

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    1. They're lovely marshmallows. I can't remember the last time I had any! :D

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  5. I have never made rocky road, but I think after seeing this I might just have to give it a try! Thanks

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    1. It's super easy and once you've heated the chocolate and supervised the stirring in of the biscuit it's cool enough for you to pass it over and let them finish! :)

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  6. Ok, don't shoot me but I've never heard of Rocky Road before!! Looks like an interesting combination and great for the kids to get involved with making it.

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  7. This looks like a fun recipe to make with the little ones! Mel #recipeoftheweek

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    1. It's just super easy and super popular - it doesn't need to be any more tricky :D

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  8. I love Rocky Road, I made an adult one before Christmas with nuts, cherries and ginger and I've been promising to make another one with the kids. Thanks for linking up to Kids in The Kitchen :)

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    1. You're welcome - thank you for hosting! I've not tried it with Ginger, now that has got to be very nice and VERY adult :)

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  9. they look great! Love rocky road! xxx

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    1. So do I - I can't believe how lovely it is, I've not had it in such a long time!

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  10. I love Freedom Mallow! Thanks so much for joining in with #recipeoftheweek. I've Pinned and Tweeted this post and there's a fresh linky live now for this week. Hope you can join in! x

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    1. Thank you Emily! Thank you for hosting and being so conscientious and kind. They are delicious, I've a few left and I think I'll make some just for me :P

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  11. I love Freedom Mallow! Thanks so much for joining in with #recipeoftheweek. I've Pinned and Tweeted this post and there's a fresh linky live now for this week. Hope you can join in! x

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    1. Thank you Emily! I shall certainly try :)

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  12. Wow! its amazing I think that Marshmallows initially were being created using the gelling broker mucilate, manufactured from the get with the marsh mallow place.

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  13. looks delicious I need to make some now

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    1. :D Do it! It only takes 10 minutes, and lasts just a tiny bit longer...

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