The ultimate 5 ingredient Malteser Rocky Road recipe! Soft marshmallows, crispy Maltesers, chewy raspberry lollies and crunchy peanuts all encased in smooth, creamy milk chocolate. Just 10 minutes prep time and 2 hours chilling time is all it takes to make this simple and delicious chocolate rocky road.
What's even better than a batch of sweet and crunchy rocky road you ask?
Well, a batch of rocky road with the addition of crispy chocolatey malted milk Maltesers - of course!
As in my favourite no-bake Malteser Slice, Crunchie & Malteser Cheesecake, Microwave 3 Ingredient Malteser Fudge and adults-only Baileys Malteser Cheesecake recipes, Maltesers add a delicious crunch and sweet malted milk flavour to your favourite sweet treats.
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Why You're Going To Love This Recipe
What's not to love about a delicious batch of rocky road with Maltesers!?
- No-bake - forget about turning the oven on! Malteser rocky road is the easiest melt, mix and chill dessert recipe (perfect for the kids to make too!).
- 10 minutes prep time - so quick and easy! Whip up a batch of rocky road and have it chilling in the fridge in just 10 minutes.
- The perfect combination - soft marshmallows, smooth milk chocolate, crispy Maltesers, chewy raspberry lollies and crunchy peanuts make this rocky road recipe with Maltesers simply the best ever.
- Versatile - rocky road is one of the best recipes for mixing and matching with whatever ingredients you have sitting in the pantry. As long as you have chocolate and marshmallows, you can mix through any add-ins you like! Check out some of my rocky road variations below.
What You Need
Just 5 delicious ingredients are needed to make this Malteser rocky road recipe.
Note: Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for the ingredients quantities and full detailed method.
- Chocolate - choose a good quality milk or dark chocolate for this recipe. Cadbury, Lindt, Hersheys or Nestle are all great options.
- Coconut oil (optional) - when melted with the chocolate, this helps to avoid the rocky road cracking when cut into pieces.
- Marshmallows - use regular-sized marshmallows and chop in half using scissors or a knife (I highly recommend using scissors as it makes cutting sticky marshmallows so much easier!)
- Maltesers - it just wouldn't be a Maltesers rocky road without the Maltesers! These chocolate coated crispy malted milk balls are popular in the UK and Australia. In the US, you can substitute Maltesers with Whoppers made by Hersheys.
- Raspberry lollies - made by Allens in Australia, these are soft raspberry flavoured jube lollies. Alternatively, you can substitute the raspberry lollies for any soft jubes, Turkish Delight or glace cherries.
- Peanuts - or any nuts you like! Alternatively, for a nut-free Maltesers rocky road, simply omit the peanuts entirely.
Making Malteser Rocky Road requires very little equipment:
- Microwave, Thermomix or stove-top - for melting the chocolate.
- Large mixing bowl or Thermomix - if using the microwave to melt the chocolate, ensure that your bowl is microwave-safe.
- Baking tray - grease and line a rectangular 18cm x 28 cm (7 x 11 inch) baking tray with baking paper.
- Refrigerator - to chill and store the rocky road.
Step By Step Instructions
This simple melt and mix Malteser Rocky Road recipe takes just 10 minutes to prepare.
Note: Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for the ingredients quantities and full detailed method.
Step 1 - Melt The Chocolate
Place the chocolate (and coconut oil if using) in a microwave-safe bowl.
Heat on 50% power until just melted.
TIP: It's important to melt the chocolate on 50% power as this ensures it stays glossy and runny. Overheating or overcooking chocolate makes it thick, lumpy and difficult to use.
Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate using a double-boiler on the stove-top or in a Thermomix machine (refer to the recipe card below for instructions).
Step 2 - Stir Through The Add-Ins
Working quickly, stir through the chopped marshmallows, peanuts, raspberry lollies and Maltesers.
There's no need to chop the Maltesers in half - simply throw them into the mixing bowl whole.
Cutting the marshmallows - I find the easiest way to cut marshmallows is to use a sharp pair of scissors and chop them in half. You can also use scissors to chop the raspberry lollies if you would like them to be smaller (optional).
Step 3 - Chill
Place the Malteser rocky road into the fridge for 2 hours or until set in the centre.
Allow the rocky road to come to room temperature for 30 minutes before cutting into slices using a large sharp knife.
Rocky Road Variations
Malteser Rocky Road is truly the most versatile recipe - in fact there are literally HUNDREDS of popular variations.
Keep the base of melted chocolate and marshmallows the same, while mixing it up with any and all of your favourite add-ins.
- Nuts - peanuts are traditionally used in rocky road, however you can substitute them with almonds, macadamias, pistachios, cashews, coconut etc. Alternatively, omit them entirely for a nut-free rocky road.
- Chocolate - choose between milk, dark or white chocolate.
- Raspberry lollies - substitute with Turkish Delight, some jube lollies, lolly snakes, gummy bears, glace cherries or dried cranberries.
- Maltesers - substitute with any of your favourite small chocolates, such as Clinkers, chocolate coated honeycomb, chocolate peanuts, chopped Mars bars, M&Ms or Rolos.
Rocky road, tiffin and fridge cake are all so similar that they could almost be considered the same thing. All are a form of no-bake chocolate slice with add-ins stirred through and then chilled. However, tiffin is generally made with cocoa powder and is more comparable to a hedgehog slice. Chopped biscuits are one of the main add-ins used in tiffin and fridge cake, whereas rocky road is famous for it's marshmallow filling.
Rocky road was first created in 1853 in Australia. It was originally a popular way to use up any confectionary that had spoiled on the long boat trip from Europe to Australia. Nowadays, it is a famous chocolate treat popular in Australia and the US. In the UK, a similar variety of rocky road is known as tiffin.
Rocky road traditionally contains melted milk or dark chocolate, marshmallows, raspberry lollies or glace cherries, coconut and nuts (generally peanuts).
A regular sized piece of homemade rocky road contains approximately 250 calories.
Grease and then line a 18cm x 28 cm (7 x 11 inch) rectangular baking tray with baking paper.
TIP: Prepare the tin before starting to make the rocky road. Once the chocolate has been melted and the add-ins stirred through, you'll need to work quickly and pour it straight into the prepared tray before the chocolate begins to set.
Remove the Malteser rocky road from the fridge 30 minutes before cutting. Using the overhanging baking paper, remove the rocky road from the baking tin and place onto a chopping board. Use a large sharp knife to cut the rocky road into pieces. See my tips for cutting rocky road here.
TIP: If you're finding it difficult to cut the rocky road, run your knife under very hot water and then dry it with a tea towel. The heat from the knife will ever so slightly melt the chocolate and allow the knife to easily cut the rocky road into pieces.
Store rocky road in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 month. Keeping rocky road in the fridge ensures that the peanuts and Maltesers stay crunchy and stops the chocolate from melting.
Rocky road can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Place in the fridge for a few minutes to defrost before consuming.
More Rocky Road Recipes
The only thing better than a batch of Malteser rocky road is LOTS and LOTS of batches of all different kinds of rocky road!
Are you with me!?
Here's a few of my favourite rocky road recipes:
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Malteser Rocky Road
- 500 g milk chocolate or dark chocolate
- 30 g coconut oil optional (see notes)
- 100 g marshmallows cut in half
- 250 g Maltesers
- 150 g raspberry lollies
- 75 g (½ cup) peanuts optional
- Line the base and sides of an 20cm x 20cm square baking tray with baking paper.
- Place the chocolate and coconut oil (optional) into a heatproof, microwave-safe bowl. Heat, uncovered, on 50% power, in 30 second bursts, stirring every time with a metal spoon, for 4-5 minutes or until the chocolate and coconut oil melts.Remove from the microwave and stir until smooth.If using a Thermomix - Place the chocolate and coconut oil (optional) into a clean and dry Thermomix bowl. Melt for 3-4 minutes, 50 degrees, Speed 2 or until melted.
- Stir through the chopped marshmallows, Maltesers, raspberry lollies and peanuts.If using a Thermomix - Add the marshmallows, Maltesers, raspberry lollies and peanuts and mix for 5-10 seconds, Reverse, Speed 3 (using the spatula to help mix), or until completely combined.
- Spread the mixture into the prepared baking tray and place in the fridge for 2 hours or until completely set.
- Remove from the fridge for 30 minutes before cutting. Use a large sharp knife to cut into slices (if you are having trouble cutting the slice, run your knife under hot water and then dry completely before cutting - the heat will help to cut the slice evenly).
- Chocolate - I like to use milk chocolate for my classic rocky road recipe. However, you can substitute with white or dark chocolate if you prefer. Choose a good quality chocolate for melting (I like to use Cadbury, Lindt, Hersheys or Nestle).
- Coconut oil - optional but recommended: add a little to your chocolate when melting it - this will help with cutting into neat slices.
- Marshmallows - choose regular sized marshmallows for this recipe and cut in half. I use Pascall brand which is popular here in Australia. I find it easiest to cut marshmallows using sharp scissors.
- Maltesers - also known as Whoppers. These chocolate covered crunchy malted milk balls are popular in Australia.
- Peanuts - Rocky Road traditionally contains peanuts, however you can use any type of nuts you like (macadamias, pistachios, cashews etc). If catering for nut allergies, omit the nuts entirely.
- Raspberry lollies - Allens raspberry lollies are famous here in Australia, however, you can use any kind of soft jellies you like - or substitute with Turkish Delight.
- Slicing - remove from the fridge at least 30 minutes before slicing - this will help it to stop cracking. Use a large sharp knife to cut the rocky road (or check out my top tips for cutting rocky road here).
- Equipment - Rocky Road can be made using a microwave, stove-top or Thermomix. If using a stove-top, gently melt the chocolate and coconut oil (optional) in a small bowl over a saucepan of boiling water (do not allow the water to enter the chocolate bowl).
- Storing & freezing - Rocky Road can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 month or frozen for up to 3 months.