This no-bake Christmas Rocky Road is a fun and festive Christmas treat. With warming gingerbread and pretty red and green candy it's sure to be a hit this Christmas!
What's the best part about Christmas? The food of course! But between one thing and another it can be a hectic time of year. Sometimes you just need something quick, impressive, easy and delicious! This festive Xmas rocky road ticks all the boxes.
- No-bake so no turning on the stove or oven
- It can be made in advance, freeing up time on Christmas Day
- Transports well if you are traveling
- Make it with store bought gingerbread for a easy treat, or homemade for something extra special.
- Perfect for Christmas day, a party or gorgious homemade Christmas Gifts
Looking for more festive dessert recipes for the silly season? Why not try making my traditional gingerbread men, White Christmas or Christmas pudding ice cream. Merry Christmas!
Milk chocolate: some good quality milk chocolate works well in this recipe. It doesn't need to be top-shelf stuff, but a good mid-range chocolate works fine.
Gingerbread cookies: add a wonderful festive flavor to this festive rocky road. You can make your own gingerbread men or use store brought if you prefer.
Candied ginger: a little candied ginger enhances the flavor and provides some balance to the sweetness of the chocolate. Uncrystallized is best. It goes without saying but this is strong stuff, so cut it up into smaller pieces or it will blow your head off!
Red and Green chocolate candy: red and green chocolate candy adds a lovely festive feel to this rocky road. I used red and green M&Ms but you can use whatever festive colored candy you like.
Marshmallows: an essential ingredient in any rocky road. I like to use the usual medium size marshmallows, as opposed to jumbo ones or mini ones, as I find you get good chocolate to marshmallow ratio. I have used all white marshmallows but you could use pink ones too if you like.
Roasted almonds: add crunch and flavor to this rocky road. If you can't get roasted almonds you can get natural almonds and dry roast them yourself. You can also replace the almonds with any other nuts you like. Some yummy options include peanuts, pecans, or macadamias.
Salted pretzels: might sound like a strange addition to the rocky road but trust me on this one. The salted pretzels provide a crunchy, salty element, sort of like a salted caramel contrast, and help cut through the sweetness of the Biscoff and white chocolate.
How to make Christmas Rocky Road
See the full recipe card at the end of the post for ingredient amounts and instructions.
Line a baking tray or slice tray with foil. Roughly break up the gingerbread cookies into pieces. Chop the ginger into smaller pieces. Roughly break up the pretzels. Add the marshmallows, gingerbread cookies, ginger, pretzels and roasted almonds to a bowl and mix.
Chop up the milk chocolate and put it into a microwave-proof bowl and melt in the microwave in thirty seconds to one-minute bursts until smooth and fully melted.
Working quickly pour the melted chocolate over the dry ingredients and mix well to combine. Pour onto the lined tray and flatten out. Sprinkle on the red and green chocolate candy. Leave to cool and set completely. You can speed the process up by putting the tray in the fridge for one hour if you want to.
Hot tip: chocolate candy such as M&Ms and Smarties are notorious for color fading if left in the fridge for too long. To help prevent this only leave the rocky road in the fridge for long enough to set the chocolate, about an hour should do it. If worst comes to worst I have successfully saved the M&M by carefully repainting them with food color and a clean, fine-tipped paintbrush. It takes a while but it does work and makes the colors pop again. This is not a permanent solution and the colors will fade again after a few days, but it will get you out of a tight spot for Christmas Day or a festive party.
Wait until it's completely cool and set, then use a large sharp knife to cut it into pieces.
How to serve
To serve pop the gingerbread rocky road onto a plate and enjoy! Or eat it straight from the container if you can't wait that long 😀 You can also make it up into wonderful homemade Christmas gifts by putting some into pretty clear festive bags and tieing with ribbon.
How to store
This Xmas rocky road will store well in an airtight container for up to a month, but the gingerbread may start to go a little soft over time, but I very much doubt it will last that long!
Have you made this recipe? Tell me how it went in the comments below and tag me on instagram so I can see your delicious creations! @keep_calm_and_eat_icecream
Looking for more yummy dessert recipes?
Why not try making
- Biscoff Rocky Road
- Maltesers Rocky Road
- Tim Tam Rocky Road
- Chocolate Covered Orange Peel
- White Christmas
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Christmas Rocky Road
- 1 packet (200gms) gingerbread cookies, homemade or store bought
- 2 cups (60gms) salted pretzels
- ½ cup (100gms) uncrystalised ginger
- ⅔ cup (90gms) roasted almonds
- 1 packet (210gms) marshmallows
- 2 & ¾ block (500gms) milk chocolate
- ½ packet (100gms) red and green candy such as M&Ms
- Line a heat proof baking tin or tray with foil.
- Roughly break up the gingerbread cookies and pretzels. Chop up the uncrystalized gineger. Add the cookie pieces, pretzels, marshmellows and almonds to a large bowl and mix well.
- Chop up the chocolate and put it into a microwave proof bowl. Melt chocolate in the microwave in 30 second to one minute bursts, checking after each time.
- Working quickly add the melted chocolate to the dry ingredients and mix well. Pour the mix onto the prepared tray and smooth down.
- Leave to in a cool place to set completely. If is a hot day put it in the fridge.
- Leave to in a cool place to set completely. If it's s a hot day put it in the fridge for one hour to set, then remove to prevent M&M's from faiding.
- Cut into pieces and store in an airtight container, or wrap up in pretty celephane bags tied with ribbon for gifting. Merry Christmas!
- The recipe includes making and chocolate melting time. It does not include the time needed for the chocolate to set before you cut up the rocky road.
- Chocolate candy such as M&Ms and Smarties can color fade if you leave them in the fridge for too long! If it's too hot to set on the bench only put it in the fridge for one hour, then remove it.
- If worst comes to worst and your candy Does fade, I have successfully repainted the color with food coloring and a clean, fine paintbrush.
Nutritional information is an estimate based on an online database. The nutritional content of ingredients may vary by brand. If you require accurate nutritional information, you should calculate this based on the specific brands and products you are using.
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