Check out the gorgeous Rocky Road Christmas Tree I found on The Builder’s Wife Christmas craft for kids collection, created by What’s Cooking Ella.
Rocky Road Christmas Tree | Kimba Likes version
I’ve adapted it further to suit my fussy pants Boyo who doesn’t like nuts, plus a further adaptation that I’ll make next time!
Click on over to What’s Cooking Ella for the recipe and all important cone building instructions, complete with photographs.
I followed the What’s Cooking Ella recipe – switching out the walnuts for chocolate covered raisins. It was fabulous … but I need a bit of chewiness in my rocky road, so I’ve adapted the recipe further.
Depending on the sweets and chocolate you choose, this is a gluten free recipe too. Yay! Unfortunately, not dairy free, but the tummy ache was totes worth it!
Here’s my adapted recipe, that I’ll be making next time. I’ve added the chewiness of raspberry lollies (you can substitute for Turkish delight), and the yumminess of coconut. It makes great snow too!
- 750g milk melts, melted
- 250g dark chocolate bits
- 500g marshmallows
- 125g chocolate covered raisins
- 190g raspberry lollies, chopped OR equivalent Turkish delight, chopped)
- 200g white melts, melted (add more or less depending on your preferred level of “snow”)
- Lollies for decoration (I used Smarties)
- Coconut chips – mix in and / or scatter over the white melted chocolate decoration
- Toasted nuts (of your favourite kind) if you don’t have nut allergies to cater for (or a fussy pants Boyo).
Mix up the dark chocolate bits, marshmallows, raspberry lollies, chocolate covered raisins (plus the coconut if you’re a fan).
Then melt the milk chocolate buttons – I’m too impatient for the bain marie method, and I do mine in the microwave in 30 second bursts – mixing in between. Plus, I’m totes a klutz and this has more disaster potential for me!
Just make sure your glass or ceramic bowl is absolutely completely totally dry, and use a well dried metal spoon for mixing. You do not want any moisture getting into your melted chocolate. Grainy non-glossy melted chocolate is not what you want!
Mix the melted chocolate and the pre-mixed ingredients together. Pop a marshmallow into the nose of your cone, then pack the rocky road mixture in, one big spoonful at a time. Work quickly as the chocolate will start to set.
Pop into a dark cool place to set fully, then wrap it in a teatowel and pop into the fridge. On its side is perfectly OK once it has set well. If you’re taking it to a party, leave it in the paper cone. Remove it when you’re ready to decorate.
When you’re ready to wow your audience, melt some white chocolate and pour over the top of the Rocky Road Christmas Tree. Drop some dried coconut over the top if you’d like a snowstorm look!
If you’d like something to pin a decoration onto, pop a white marshmallow right on the point of your tree (squish it into shape if you like!) before you pour the melted white chocolate over the top.
Wait a short period until the white chocolate is tacky – not too runny – and apply sweeties (I used Smarties because they came in a smaller container and we didn’t need any extra chocolate!) like baubles over the tree.
We had planned to decorate the bottom of the tree with fresh mint and cherries – but we ate them!
To serve, just pop on the side and cut slices off.
My Rocky Road Christmas Tree was a big hit – and we are still enjoying it 10 days later!