There is rocky road, and then there is Rebel Rocky Road, a creation by Michelle Crochet of San Francisco-based Droga Confections. Though walnuts are a traditional rocky road ingredient, none of them make their way into these handcrafted clusters. But there are plenty of salted, roasted peanuts, partnered with fresh marshmallows made from organic brown rice syrup. Stretchy and yielding to the bite, both the chewy texture and flavor, faintly scented with vanilla by Nielsen-Massey, is plenty addictive on it's own.
I like to let the chocolate melt on the tip of my tongue just before biting in, capturing salt-kissed peanuts, marshmallow, and melting chocolate all in one bite. Rebel Rocky Road is sold by the twelve-piece box for $19.95 or two pieces for $4.95.
In addition to rocky road, Droga Confections does one other item: salted caramel squares. They're better known by their official name, Put Your Money On Honey. Crochet makes the caramel with with wildflower honey from Northern California and organic evaporated cane juice. The result is a silky salt-tinged caramel with fleur de sel from Guerande, the honey notes deep and haunting, enrobed in a shell of dark chocolate. Can't decide between rocky road or the salted caramels? Go with both—you won't be disappointed.
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan writes A Passion For Food, where she chronicles her eats and travels adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.