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Dried Berries Rocky Road with White Chocolate - Bars Week # 2

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

I made this for Lydia's Year End School (Kindergarden) Party. Being in a small town, it's something new for everybody, including me that has never eaten anything "rocky road". The teachers told me it was very good  (and special... and you may go nah) and every kid loved it. And the best time to try making such sweet stuff is when you have a large group of kids to feed. *evil grin*

Well, when I saw this recipe on Patricia's blog, it was white and pink and red. I alway seem to fall for recipes with such colour combination like how I fell for her Red Berries Tray Bake with Cheesecake Ripple. I don't have any freeze dried strawberries, so  I substituted it with strawberry flavoured chips of which in the end I found the chips to be a bit weird tasting. They are not expired ok, but the flavouring used to make them taste weird. Instead of using all cranberries, I went for a mixture of dried blueberries of which is calling me to use them up.

If you want to try making this, I totally suggest you to use Beryls or any other affordable good white chocolate. If you can use all those branded ones of course, the better, but I do not have access to all the Valrhona, Guittard....... so on so forth. So for the low price tag, Beryls is good enough for me. Although it is a compound white chocolate for baking, but tastewise.. it's almost like a white chocolate for eating, not the normal yucky white chocolate you get at a really cheap price (RM15/2.5kg type? from B*Y). The really cheap ones taste utterly of shortening and my husband will discard any bits that I used as garnish. But not Beryls. We could just chomp off the balance of the 200gm, hahahaha! (sorry, no idea where to get Beryls for baking in Klang Valley, but those from Ipoh will be able to get them from the 2 major bakery supply stores)

White chocolate Rocky road with Dried berries
Recipe seen and taken with adaptations: Technicolor Kitchen 
Original recipe : Donna Hay Magazine

800gm white chocolate (I used Beryl’s)
2- ½ cup mini marshmallows
1 cup dried blueberries (or just use all cranberries)
1-½ dried cranberries
Handful of mini strawberry flavoured chips

1. Prepare a 9X13 inch pan, fully line with paper with overlaps.
2. Bring a pot (1/4 full) of water to boil. Place white chocolate in a mixing bowl bigger wider than the pot. Place the bowl onto the pot and turn the heat to the lowest. Let the white chocolate melt. When it’s halfway melted, turn off the heat and let it continue to melt, stirring gently every now and then. Remove from the pot and let it turn warm to touch.
3. Place both berries in the same bowl, toss to mix. Remove ½ cup of the berry mix and set aside.
4. When white chocolate has turned warm, put in mixed berries and mini marshmallows. Toss to mix evenly.
5. Pour chocolate mixture into the prepared pan. Spread and level the mixture. Gently press to make sure the marshmallows submerge.
6. Sprinkle the reserved mixed berries and strawberry chips. Gently press down to adhere.
7. Let it cool down and solidify at room temperature. (I left mine overnight on the dining table, covered. Even 4 hours wasn't enough, and I still found it to be sticky)
8. Cut into preferred sizes and store it air tight to prevent ants.

This post is not sponsored by Beryls, and all opinions of the chocolate is true, 100% from me. But I definitely won't mind it if they will send me a big box of chocolates to bake with, hahahahah!

31 lovely notes:

Sherleen.T January 4, 2012 at 11:34 AM  

haha, you become the spokeperson for Beryl’s already, they must be very happy now. But i don't know can this be found in JB. Next time go bakery shop, i might want to ask ask.
This rocky road should be taste sweet and sour, right?...very delightful colors, been attracted by the first photo. :)

Sharon @ Feats of Feasts January 4, 2012 at 11:41 AM  

OMG....these colours are soooo pretty. I can just imagine having this on a hen's party. Will forward this idea to my friend, thanks!!!

Jamie's CookBook January 4, 2012 at 1:08 PM  

so pretty. really admire all your bakes. :) i love visit your blog very much. Thanks for sharing all these great and wonderful recipe.


Tan Shu-Yin January 4, 2012 at 1:10 PM  

wendy, uve done it again. uve lured me into making this! hahaha ;)

Jeannie January 4, 2012 at 1:50 PM  

This is so pretty but I would as I do not have any little ones running around me, I guess I'd better pass on this lol! The other bar in your previous post is a better option for me:P

Mel January 4, 2012 at 2:00 PM  

oh my, oh my, this looks so much more yummy and tempting! The colours bring out the tempting, you know!

Simona Mastantuono January 4, 2012 at 2:05 PM  

with these bars I've won I follow you now too far from the wonderful Italian dessert you travel back to read your blog Simmy

Hody Loh January 4, 2012 at 2:16 PM  

the colour look very nice.i think it a very sweet snack,right?

edith January 4, 2012 at 2:27 PM  

I eaten Rocky Roads before but it was dark chocolate and not white.

I tried the Beryl’s dark choc before and it was not bad.

WyYv January 4, 2012 at 3:29 PM  

This is a lovely idea for coming CNY!:)

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more January 4, 2012 at 4:13 PM  

It's more towards sweet and when you get to chew on some dried berries, you can taste some tanginess and that adds some contrast.

haha, hope the hens love clucking on these, ahahha.


Shu Yin,
Party coming up? Or for personal consumption? Haha.

Oh yeah, it's a bit too much for adults, but kids will love this.

haha, i know

thanks for dropping by

sweet, oh yes. White chocolate nia...

Yes, it's not bad, for its price range it's good. Cannot compare to the branded expensive ones that cost a lot lot lot more.

white chocolate is more temperature friendly than milk/dark chocolates, so, it's a nice CNY treat.

lena January 4, 2012 at 4:17 PM  

now did you write the instructions using your own words? referring to (8)..prevents ants..haha..long time never read instructions like this..yeah yeah..logical.

Elin January 4, 2012 at 4:19 PM  

Looks pretty and good for the coming CNY...I am sure your girls love them...too pretty to eat them :) Happy New Year Wendy !

Siew Hwei January 4, 2012 at 4:32 PM  

Wow..This is very attractive..
i like ur bake, as well as ur blog..:)
btw, you got the dried cranberries and blueberries shown in the photo from Malaysia?

ReeseKitchen January 4, 2012 at 8:50 PM  

This is so so so beautiful!! I love the colours...:) I've tried made "rocky road" before but with dark chocolate, fruits and nuts. It was good too but does not look like yours with bright and beautiful colours...;p I'll try yours someday, maybe this Chinese New Year horr...hehe!

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more January 4, 2012 at 8:57 PM  

Yes, nowadays instructions are always rewritten according to my experience. Haha, some will just keep this in any container not realising that ants can just crawl in.

Lyanne didn't get to eat. I hid it before the party day. If not I'll get them whining on the floor begging for it.

Siew Hwei,
U can get Ocean Spray cranberries here, but in smaller packs. But mine (cran and blue) are from US, bought from Costco by my MIL.

ICook4Fun January 4, 2012 at 10:14 PM  

What a pretty bars/fudge. Love the color combinations. No wonder the kids go gaga over it. Marshmallows, chocolate, fruits...yum yum!!

Shu Han January 5, 2012 at 6:34 AM  

wendy! I'm again, very impressed! those pretty pink white colours are just beautiful, they remind me of flowers! can imagine them in those little packages you get at weddings (:

Quay Po Cooks January 5, 2012 at 10:46 AM  

ICook4Fun, no only kids go GAGA, old lady like me also go GAGA lah!! LOL! Wendy good job!!

Mary Chey January 5, 2012 at 11:55 AM  

Wish you a blessed 2012 year filled with happiness and good health & lots of wealth.
Enjoy your wonderful blog,tks & keep it up!

Siew Hwei January 5, 2012 at 12:20 PM  

oh, i see, thanks for the information.
i bbought these 2 in Costco(Australia). :)

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) January 5, 2012 at 6:19 PM  

all kids will not resist this, good for party like what you said..Happy New Year 2012 Wendy!

Lala January 5, 2012 at 10:55 PM  

yup totally agree on the type of chocolate used.. i bought some cheap ones recently, and ended up throwing them away cos they tasted so horrible.. btw, love the pink, purple combi used.. definitely can't resist them if they are in front of me =)

Pete January 6, 2012 at 9:17 AM  

Sweet, creammy white chocolate...a tinge of sourness from the berries.....make a good dessert!

Anonymous,  May 10, 2012 at 4:39 PM  

Where do you buy the dried blueberries ? :)

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more May 10, 2012 at 4:45 PM  

Anonymous (pls leave a name)
Costco, California.

Nicole Wong,  September 19, 2012 at 10:32 AM  

Hi Wendy. What other fruits can I substitute with this dried berries? Not easy to get any dried cranberries and blueberries here.

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more September 19, 2012 at 11:15 AM  

Dried apricots and dried currants will be nice.
Raisins could be too sweet.

Lin,  April 23, 2013 at 9:50 AM  

Can I just use any milk chocolate?

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more April 23, 2013 at 10:44 PM  

Any chocolate that can set in your room temperature and stay set will be fine.

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