Different recipes for rocky road will always give you different quantities of different ingredients. I prefer to just play it by ear, adding my favourite ingredients until the mix looks good. I tend to find that four additions works well: marshmallows, nuts, some form of dried fruit, and one other ingredient; however, rocky road has no rule book!
Be aware of what you put in the chocolate if your friends have food allergies – use dark chocolate for dairy-free/vegan friends, be aware that not all marshmallows are gluten-free, and gummy bears aren’t vegan, etc.
A couple of pointers:
• I usually add half a handful of ingredients at a time, tending towards the side of caution: You can always add more ingredients, but it’s very difficult to take them out if you have too much.
• Prepare the ingredients before melting the chocolate, so you can mix them together straight away and pour the rocky road into a tray lined with baking paper. If you wait too long then the chocolate will start to set before it’s in the tray, which results in a very crumbly rocky road.
• Pre-cut the rocky road when it’s half set. It makes it infinitely easier to cut once it’s fully set.
• Leave the tray of rocky road to set at room temperature in a shady area. If you use the fridge or freezer then the rocky road will sweat after it’s taken out.
– Nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts, macadamias, peanuts, pistachios, etc.
– Fruit such as dried apricots, dried cranberries, glacé cherries, etc.
– Sweets such as turkish delight, red licorice, or gummy lollies (lollies add a lot of colour to rocky road).
– Other ideas include dessicated coconut or broken biscuit pieces.
– You could also sprinkle the top with icing sugar or hundreds & thousands.
The pictured tower used the following ingredient combinations:
– Dried apricots
– Gummy bears
– Dried cranberries
– Slivered almonds
– Turkish delight
– Dried ginger