You’ve enjoyed the rocky road flavor combination in ice cream, cakes and perhaps even in candy, but have you tried it in the form of coffee? Well, that’s today’s project — a frozen coffee designed to emulate the famous combination of chocolate, nuts and marshmallows.
So, what makes a rocky road a rocky road? The rocks, of course, meaning marshmallows and nuts in a creamy and chocolatey base, and the texture alone is enough to make you roll your eyes back in satisfaction.
And the good news is that cream, chocolate and marshmallows are all compatible with coffee’s roasted and fragrant personality, so we’ve got ourselves a perfect match.
So, what would we need to add to coffee to turn it into a rocky road lookalike? For starters, chocolate syrup, this will be the base for our flavorful masterpiece. We’ll need coffee, too, of course. An Italian or Spanish Arabica roast will do — the deeper the roast, the chocolatier the coffee.
We’re contrasting the rich, bold flavors of coffee and chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows, and since we’re blending most ingredients with ice, the marshmallows will be our garnish; they’ll float on a cloud of whipped cream! How’s that for a decadent drink?
Finally, what’s a rocky road without nuts? And although peanuts are the most traditional choice, we’re going with walnuts — they’re more coffee shop material.
And that’s how you make a rocky road frozen coffee, with just the right ingredients to make you recognize the famous flavor instantly. Nothing more, nothing less.
The rocky road or ‘tiffin’ as originally called, was a famous no-bake chocolate treat, basically made of marshmallows covered in milk chocolate. It came to be in Australia somewhere in the 1850s, and they were enjoyed by workers walking the ‘rocky roads’ that led to the country’s gold mines.
That’s kind of cool, isn’t it? The rocky road has over 150 years of history and making a frozen coffee out of it is the best way to show our appreciation to such a delight, and that’s one homage you can be part of!
Brew the coffee and mix it with the milk.
In a blender, add the ice, coffee-milk and chocolate. Blend until foamy.
Pour the coffee mixture into a glass, top with whipped cream and garnish with the crushed walnuts and marshmallows.