Rocky Road Australia 1853

Rocky Road was invented in Australia in 1853 as a way of on-selling confectionery spoiled by the long journey from Europe. Gold miners in towns outside of Melbourne, such as Ballarat, were wealthy but uncultured. Unscrupulous businessmen took advantage of these men, mixing the spoiled confectionery with low quality chocolate and other ‘filler’ ingredients, such as locally foraged nuts. The name Rocky Road is derived from the ‘Rocky Road’ travelers had to take to get to the gold fields.
The main ingredients in traditional Australian Rocky Road are:
milk chocolate (sometimes dark or white chocolate is used)
Jelly (a gelatin preparation or often Jell-O in U.S. English)
desiccated coconut
glace cherries
nuts, particularly peanuts
Turkish delight
strawberry sauce