Last Sunday Virginia and I went to our 4th event at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery. In the past we’ve attended an ice cream festival (twice) and a hot chocolate festival.
This time it was for a Rocky Road festival. For the festival YVCI made a 100kg, 8 metre long rocky road block which is a world record effort. We sampled some of this block prior to going into the real tasting.
During the festival there were 31 different flavours of Rocky Road to try. In our tasting we sampled 7 varieties which were Matcha Tea, Mango and Passionfruit, Maple Candied Bacon, Superfoods,
Snickers, Gum Leaf & Wild Honey and Smokin Hot. We also had some “Rockin'” hot chocolate, Cookies and Cream and Golden Gaytime flavours of ice-cream and 2 surprise chocolate truffles. The hot chocolate wasn’t just a sample it way a full serving that was huge. I’m not sure anyone finished it. The way they make it out there is just hot milk and melted Couverture chocolate. We actually poured the chocolate in ourselves making it as strong as we liked.
I’ve strayed a little from the purpose of this post though so back to the Rocky Road. One big thing that we learnt was the Rocky Road is an Australian invention. We were told a story about when all the lollies, treats, chocolate etc. were transported from the docks into town in horse and cart along a ‘Rocky Road’ a lot of it was damaged and rather than throwing it all out they put it all together and sold it as Rocky Road.
All 31 flavours were available to try and buy while we were there. We did try one or two more and bought a couple of bars – espresso and tiramisu. We were a little disappointed with them. They seemed to be predominantly nuts and chocolate which definitely isn’t a bad thing but didn’t seem much like Rocky Road.
Once again we had a great time at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery.