If you fancy baking something special for your family and friends this Halloween, why not try my Spooky Road? It's really easy to make and a guaranteed hit with the kids.
Did you know that the earliest mention of Rocky Road was in Australia in 1853? Apparently, miners used to munch on this treat when travelling to the gold fields.
Australian confectioner Darrell Lea claims to hold the original recipe, but this is my interpretation, which naturally has a terrifying twist!
250g pink and white marshmallows, cut into halves
1 cup unsalted peanuts, roughly chopped
0.5 cup of Halloween sweets (preferably shaped like body parts, eyeballs or teeth)
Orange, green and purple sprinkles
1 cup shredded coconut
Line the base of a 20cm square cake tin with foil—let some foil hang over the edges
In a large bowl, mix together the marshmallow, shredded coconut, peanuts and sweets (keep a few sweets aside for decoration)
Pop the chocolate in a heatproof bowl
Half fill a saucepan with water and bring it to the boil
Remove the saucepan from the heat
Place the bowl of chocolate over the saucepan—make sure the bowl doesn't touch the water
Stir the chocolate until it has melted
Add the melted chocolate to the marshmallow mixture and stir until all ingredients are coated
Press the mixture evenly into the square cake tin
Top with some extra Halloween sweets and sprinkles
Refrigerate for 3/4 hours
Once set, lift the Spooky Road out of the cake tin and cut into small squares
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Tip: If, like me, you're making this for your kids and would like them to be able to take some in their lunch boxes, skip the peanuts, as most schools don't allow peanuts on site due to student allergies.
There you have it—my much-loved Spooky Road recipe. Enjoy!
About Victoria Hall
Victoria Hall is an English-born, Australian-based writer and illustrator. She is the creator of three picture books for children, Penny Prickles at Coogee Beach, Eggy Peggy Has Lost Her Leggy and The Fairy Beasts. For more updates, follow Victoria on Instagram or check out her bio here.