Rocky Road Original

Kcal 240 Fat 11g Fat (sats) 4g Carbs 34g (per bar)

Thanks to the generous people at American Soda, I have had my first taste of chocolate from the US. I have been tempted by American chocolate before, seeing the products sold on stalls at events, but the price has always put me off. In my opinion, a single bar of chocolate should not cost more than 80p at the most, especially considering that you can get multipacks for a pound from the supermarkets. International items always seem to be well in excess of this. I don’t know if it is due to export costs or if they charge the same price in America as well.

While I may not be willing to fork out for exported goods, I am more than happy to receive them as a gift. Which brings me to Rocky RoadOriginal, a product reviewed by Jim almost seven years ago. Maybe I am a lagging behind a bit, but after all that time, perhaps there is something new to say.

 Rocky Road is manufactured by the Annabelle Candy Company, which was founded in 1950 by the Russian immigrant, Sam Altshuler, who named the company after his daughter. Unlike a lot of large corporations, which dish out countless kinds of chocolate, Annabelle only manufacture ten, four of which are variations of Rocky Road. Rocky Road Original is by far the most popular, and described as ‘Handmade Milk Chocolate Marshmallow with Cashews.’ The first thing that strikes me is the word ‘handmade’. In a world where everything is produced my machines, it is a refreshing change.

We all know that Americans like their bling, and that apparently applies to chocolate as well, for the Rocky Road is packaged in a shiny ‘look at me!’ wrapper. Judging by aroma, appearance, and taste, had I not read that description, I would have thought the bar was coated in dark chocolate. It has bittersweet scents, a deep brown colour and lacks the mellow creamy flavour we are familiar with in our British milk chocolate. That is not a negative criticism by any means; the darker tones are a pleasant contrast to the sweet marshmallow.

As for the texture, I am in two minds. My main issue, I suppose, is a matter of semantics. If you have ever driven along a rocky road, you will no doubt know that it is a hard and bumpy ride; the only relief being when your derrière lands safely back on a cushioned seat. So the name ‘Rocky Road’ sends me expectations of a firm, but chewy bar, packed with knobbly nuts and interspersed with soft marshmallow pieces here and there. What we get, however, is not really a chocolate bar at all, but an oblong version of our Walnut Whip: a generous vanilla flavoured marshmallow filling covered in chocolate, with a few chopped cashew nuts scattered on top. To be honest, I am probably being pedantic, because it is a very please combination. A very filling one too. Since marshmallows are aerated, it doesn’t take long for them to make you feel full, so I was only able to eat half a bar in one sitting.

At £1.29 for a 51g bar, it is not something you’d put on your regular shopping list, but it is well worth getting for an occasional treat or if you feel like trying something different.

Presentation: 7.5
Aroma: 6
Taste: 8
Sustenance: 10
Texture: 7
Overall: 7.7