As you can all see, I have moved my world to a new home. I had bought my domain a couple of months back and had been working on it. I was new to wordpress and everything that went along with it, so it was quite a bit of a struggle. After many mishaps, I have finally managed to get my head round things and decided to make the move. Thanks goes to two dear friends- Sia and Sig, who, by laying the pros and cons, helped me make up my mind about moving house. And I am glad I took the plunge. I am now, actually quite enjoying the learning.
Hope you love my new home and support it in the same way as you did my last one. Leaving blogspot did make me a bit sad…after all I have spent nearly two years with it. But yes, I felt it was time to move on. Do feel free to have a look around and of course, suggestions are always welcome.
Now, we need something sweet to celebrate…and that’s where these Rocky Road bars/squares…
come in. They are one of Rengoni and Agastya’s favourites and we make it at home. They love it , not only for the fact that they love to devour them, but also for the fact that they can join in the making. After all, they are so simple.
Rocky road bars have been described by their makers as- A delightfully light, fluffy marshmallow topped with flavorful roasted cashew nuts, crunchy malt, and covered with rich chocolate.
Intrigued about it’s origins, this is what I found out-
The flavor is claimed to have been created in 1929 by William Dreyer when he cut up walnuts and marshmallows with his wife’s sewing scissors and added them to his chocolate ice cream during the Great Depression. The company claims it was then so named “to give folks something to smile about in the midst of the Great Depression.”
Another host says the flavors were created by a Milton Ainbinder, while owning an ice cream toppings factory. Sam Altshuler, a Russian immigrant who arrived in the United States in 1917, founded Annabelle Candy Company, Incorporated, in 1950. Mr. Altshuler learned the art of candy making, and after struggling for years, finally achieved success with his Rocky Road candy bar. He named his business the “Annabelle Candy Company” after his daughter, and began manufacturing Rocky Road in San Francisco. The item quickly gained popularity throughout the western United States where it has its strongest hold today, and is currently ranked among the top 35-40 best selling chocolate bars on the West Coast.(source)
Whatever the origins, we do love them. We do not make ours in layers, we just mix them all together…much easier. And, I must say, it’s not only the kids… I love nuts in my chocolate, so they work perfectly for me too Dinesh doesn’t like nuts in his, but loved these squares, so, there!
The following is our version of rocky road bars/squares, made, quite a while ago.
You can use your own combination of nuts and fruits, and even the kind of chocolate.
300 gms of dark chocolate
1C chopped cashew nuts
1/2 C raisins
2 tblsp of cream
3/4 C mini marshmallows (or cut up larger ones)
3-4 tblsp of dessicated coconut
- Line an 8 inch square pan with foil.
- Melt the chocolate in a bowl and mix in the cream. Add the nuts, raisins and marshmallows. Stir quickly and transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. Spread out the mixture and sprinkle the coconut on top.
- Let the mixture come to room temperature. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.
- Cut into squares/bars ( dipping the knife in hot water helps) and enjoy!
With another depression looming over our heads, these rocky road squares did give us something to smile about