A simple and easy fridge cake filled to the brim with soft marshmallows, crunchy Maltesers and malted milk biscuits. This Maltesers rocky road is sweet treat that’s great for bake sales, children’s parties and those days when you crave something sweet without needing to turn the oven on. You won’t require any specialist baking skills to create this no-bake treat!
What Makes This Recipe Great!
- Easy and No-Bake – With only a melted chocolate mixture to heat up, kids can get involved in a fun kitchen by helping out with breaking up biscuits and mixing the ingredients.
- Great for Gifts- Give your friends and family a delicious chocolate treat, cut up into individual portions, placed into gift bags and tied up with a pretty ribbon.
- Quick To Make – This easy rocky road recipe takes less than 30 minutes to mix together. The only patience you’ll need is when allowing the mixture to set in the fridge before you slice it.
About This Recipe – In More Detail
Rocky road bars are a classic, but why not take a traditional rocky road slice to the next level with a different flavour? Just like these Biscoff Rocky Road Bars, I have created something new with this easy Malteser rocky road.
I have combined the classic ingredients of a rocky road with different flavours. A smooth milk chocolate mixture, chewy marshmallows and glace cherries have been levelled up with added Malted Milk biscuits, and of course, the key ingredient, Maltesers! I have topped it all off with extra Maltesers and a generous drizzle of melted white chocolate.
It’s simple recipe, that requires no baking, only melting. And, a little patience with the chilling and setting time. Just like this Mars Bar Tray Bake and Our Old-School Coconut Ice. You can get the kids involved in the kitchen and create a recipe together that is ready to set in the baking tin, in under 30 minutes.
And if you love Maltesers, go check out my Maltesers Tiffin next!
- 20cm Square Baking Tin: A square tin is used to set and chill the rocky road mixture. Line it with baking paper for easy removal of the bars later. If you only have a slightly different size to hand like an 18cm square tin or a 23cm tin, that’s ok.
- Large Mixing Bowl: A large bowl to mix and combine the broken Malted Milk biscuits, chopped cherries, marshmallows, and crushed Maltesers.
- Medium Saucepan: Used for melting the milk chocolate, butter, and golden syrup over low heat to create the base mixture. If you want to melt the mixture in the microwave instead, be sure to use a heatproof bowl.
- Rolling Pin: For breaking the Malted Milk biscuits and Maltesers into smaller pieces inside sealed bags.
- Sealed Plastic Bags: Used to contain and crush the Maltesers and biscuits.
- Cutting Board: To place the chilled rocky road mixture for slicing into bars.
- Baking Paper: Lining the baking tin with greaseproof paper for easy removal of the set rocky road bars.
- Large, Sharp Knife: For slicing the chilled and set rocky road mixture into individual bars.
- Malted Milk Biscuits: Malt biscuits provide texture and a biscuit base when broken into pieces, adding crunch and flavour to the rocky road bars.
- Mini Marshmallows: Contribute chewiness, texture, and an element of colour to the bars. You can choose white marshmallows or multi-coloured ones.
- Milk Chocolate: Forms the base of the mixture when melted, binding all ingredients together and providing the main chocolatey flavour.
- Unsalted Butter: Combined with melted chocolate and golden syrup, it adds richness and helps create a smooth and glossy texture.
- Golden Syrup: Acts as a sweetener and binder, aiding in combining the ingredients while adding a subtle caramel-like flavour. If you can’t find it at the supermarket or grocery store, you can make your own golden syrup.
- Glace Cherries: Provide pops of colour, texture, and a sweet, fruity flavour to the rocky road bars when chopped into small pieces.
- Maltesers: Offer additional crunch, flavour, and a malted milk chocolate taste to the bars. They’re crushed for even distribution within the mixture and left whole for topping.
- White Chocolate: Used for drizzling on top of the set mixture, adding visual appeal and a contrasting flavour to the milk chocolate base.
Additions and Substitutions
- Malted Milk Biscuits: Substitute with digestive biscuits, graham crackers, or any other plain, crunchy biscuit for a different texture. You could try Maltesers Biscuits too, if you can find them in the supermarket.
- Mini Marshmallows: Use larger marshmallows or regular marshmallows cut into smaller pieces.
- Milk Chocolate: Experiment with dark chocolate or a combination of dark and milk chocolate for a richer flavour.
- Golden Syrup: Corn syrup, maple syrup, or honey can substitute golden syrup for a similar binding sweetness.
- Glace Cherries: Dried cranberries, chopped dried apricots, raisins or mixed dried fruit can replace glace cherries for a varied taste.
- White Chocolate: Substitute with dark or milk chocolate for the topping or omit it entirely for a simpler version.
- Nuts: Add your favourite nuts like almonds, pecans, or walnuts for extra crunch and flavour.
- Dried Fruits: Include chopped dried fruits like raisins, cranberries, or apricots for a fruity twist.
- Candied Ginger: Finely chop candied ginger to add a spicy, sweet kick to the bars.
- Cookies or Pretzels: Crushed cookies or pretzels can enhance texture and provide a salty contrast.
Step-By-Step Guide – How To Make Rocky Road With Maltesers
Step 1: Preparing the Tin:
- Line Baking Tin: Line a 20cm square baking tin with baking paper, ensuring some paper hangs over the edges for easy removal later.
Step 2: Preparing Dry Ingredients:
- Break Biscuits: Break the Malted Milk biscuits into small pieces, either by hand or using a sealed bag and a rolling pin. Place them in a large mixing bowl.
- Chop Cherries: Chop the glace cherries into small pieces and add them to the bowl along with the mini marshmallows.
- Crush Maltesers: Take half of the Maltesers, place them in a sealed bag, break them into smaller pieces with a rolling pin, and add them to the bowl. Mix everything thoroughly and set aside.
Step 3: Melting Chocolate Mixture:
- Melt Ingredients: In a medium saucepan, melt the milk chocolate, butter, and golden syrup over low heat, stirring continuously until smooth. Alternatively, use a microwave, heating in short bursts.
- Cool Mixture: Let the melted mixture cool slightly to room temperature.
Step 4: Mixing and Assembling:
- Combine Mixtures: Once cooled, pour the melted chocolate mixture into the bowl with the other ingredients. Stir until everything is evenly coated.
- Transfer and Press: Transfer the mixture into the lined baking tin. Press it down firmly and evenly.
- Add Topping: Place the remaining whole Maltesers on top and gently press them into the mixture.
Step 5: Finishing Touches:
- Melt and Drizzle: Melt the white chocolate either in a saucepan or in the microwave, then drizzle it over the top of the rocky road.
- Chill Mixture: Chill the tin in the fridge for at least 2 hours until the mixture is completely set.
Step 6: Slicing and Serving:
- Slice and Serve: Once set, remove the rocky road from the tin using the overhanging baking paper. Place it on a chopping board and slice it into 12 bars using a large, sharp knife.
Allow the melted chocolate mixture to cool slightly before combining it with the dry ingredients to prevent complete melting of the marshmallows.
Yes, dark chocolate can be used for a richer, less sweet flavour. Adjust sweetness based on personal preference.
Yes, larger marshmallows can be used. Cut them into smaller pieces for easier mixing into the recipe.
Yes, honey can be used as an alternative sweetener and binder, though it might impart a slightly different flavour.
Pro Tips and Guidance
- Even Mixing: When combining the melted chocolate mixture with the dry ingredients, ensure everything is evenly coated for a well-distributed taste and texture in each bite.
- Gentle Folding: When mixing the ingredients together, gently fold rather than vigorously stirring to prevent crushing the biscuits and marshmallows completely.
- Cooling the Chocolate Mixture: Allow the melted chocolate mixture to cool slightly before mixing it with the dry ingredients. This prevents the marshmallows from melting and maintains their shape.
- Pressing Firmly: Press the mixture firmly into the lined baking tin to ensure the bars hold together well after setting.
- Clean Cuts: When slicing the set bars, use a large, sharp knife dipped in hot water and wiped dry between cuts for clean, neat slices.
- Storage: Store the prepared rocky road bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week. Keep them away from direct sunlight and heat sources to maintain their texture and flavour.
- Freezing: Rocky road bars can be frozen for up to 2-3 months. Wrap individual bars tightly in plastic wrap or clingfilm and place them in an airtight container to prevent freezer burn. However, note that freezing might slightly alter the texture of marshmallows and biscuits upon thawing.
- Defrosting: To defrost frozen rocky road bars, remove them from the freezer and let them thaw in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. Avoid refreezing thawed bars to maintain their quality.
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If you love rocky road recipes, head over and try this one out next. My white chocolate version is packed full of Biscoff flavours.
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Easy Rocky Road With Maltesers – No Bake Sweet Recipe
- 200 g Malted Milk Biscuits
- 100 g Mini Marshmallows
- 200 g Milk Chocolate
- 135 g Unsalted Butter
- 2 tbsp Golden Syrup
- 70 g Glace Cherries
- 180 g Maltesers
- 50 g White Chocolate
- Line an 20cm square baking tin with baking paper, allowing some paper to hang over the edges for easy removal later.
- Break the Malted Milk biscuits into small pieces either by hand or using a sealed bag and a rolling pin. Place them in a large mixing bowl.
- Chop the glace cherries into small pieces and add them to the bowl along with the mini marshmallows.
- Take half of the Maltesers and place them in a sealed bag. Break them into smaller pieces with a rolling pin and add them to the bowl.
- Mix everything in the bowl thoroughly and set it aside.
- In a medium saucepan, melt the milk chocolate, butter, and golden syrup over low heat. Stir continuously until smooth. Alternatively, use a microwave, heating in short bursts.
- Let the melted mixture cool slightly to room temperature.
- Once cooled, pour the melted chocolate mixture into the bowl with the other ingredients. Stir until everything is evenly coated.
- Transfer the mixture into the lined baking tin. Press it down firmly and evenly.
- Place the remaining whole Maltesers on top and gently press them into the mixture.
- Melt the white chocolate either in a saucepan or in the microwave, then drizzle it over the top of the rocky road.
- Chill the tin in the fridge for at least 2 hours until the mixture is completely set.
- Once set, remove the rocky road from the tin using the overhanging baking paper. Place it on a cutting board and slice it into 12 bars using a large, sharp knife.
- Even Mixing: Ensure everything is evenly coated when combining melted chocolate with dry ingredients for consistent taste and texture.
- Gentle Folding: Gently fold ingredients to preserve biscuit and marshmallow integrity, preventing over-crushing.
- Cooling Chocolate Mixture: Cool melted chocolate before mixing to maintain marshmallow shape.
- Pressing Firmly: Press mixture firmly into the lined baking tin for cohesive bars after setting.
- Clean Cuts: Slice set bars with a large, hot water-dipped, and dried knife for clean, neat cuts.