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A No-Bake Chocolate Rocky Road Christmas Pudding – a fun alternative for those who want something Chocolatey for Christmas! 

So… confession time. I don’t really like Christmas Pudding. Like… not at all. I don’t want to scare anyone off by saying this, but I thought I would be honest. 

This is the reason why, at the moment, I don’t have a Christmas pudding or Christmas cake recipe on my blog – as I just don’t want to bake it! Maybe in the future, that may change.. but at the moment, it’s a no from me.

However, this is where this recipe comes in. I am all for everyone having a Christmas pudding if they want it and like it, but for me? I want something delicious and full of Chocolate… so why not make a Chocolate Christmas pudding?!

Or better yet… why not make a No-Bake Christmas Pudding to make it even easier! That is where the Rocky Road Christmas Pudding is born. Now, I definitely did not invent this idea, so don’t think I am saying I have… but this is my own version. 

There is no reason why you can just make a batch of Rocky Road and set it in a bowl, splodge some white chocolate on top, and then decorate it ever so slightly! It is so easy to buy a pudding for Christmas, but as I adore Rocky Road, and I wanted something slightly different… I thought I would make this! 

For the Rocky Road itself, I basically followed along the lines of my other Rocky Roads such as my classic rocky road, and my Christmas Rocky Road. The mixture of Milk or Dark Chocolate, with golden syrup and butter, makes a smooth and delicious chocolate mix, that is much easier to cut than just chocolate on its own!

As this is a bake that you would have to serve, it’s much easier to use a mix like this, so that you don’t have to hack at the bake with a knife. You can cut it much more easily, and it also tastes very delicious! 

For the filling, it’s basically up to you. I used a mixture of Digestives, Amaretti Biscuits, Mini Marshmallows, Glacé Cherries, and some Raisins.. but I get a lot of you don’t like Raisins. But you get the idea! 

Add in Maltesers, use just Digestives, use just Amaretti Biscuits… so on. You can really customise this to be your ideal Rocky Road Christmas Pudding, and that’s the charm of it! It’s an easy and versatile bake.

For the decoration, I literally just used White Chocolate melted and poured on top to get a more natural effect – but that again is up to you. For the Holly, I used green candy melts and some red sweets, but you can do this however you fancy! 

Check out the recipe below, and the links to the bits and bobs I used! x

Rocky Road Christmas Pudding!

A No-Bake Chocolate Rocky Road Christmas Pudding - a fun alternative for those who want something Chocolatey for Christmas! 
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Category: Dessert
Type: Rocky Road
Keyword: Chocolate, Christmas
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Setting Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 16 Pieces
Author: Jane's Patisserie


For the Rocky Road

  • 125 g Golden Syrup
  • 125 g Unsalted Butter
  • 200 g Milk Chocolate
  • 200 g Dark Chocolate
  • 100 g Mini Marshmallows
  • 150 g Digestives
  • 150 g Amaretti Biscuits
  • 100 g Glacé Cherries
  • 100 g Raisins



  • Line a bowl of your choice with clingfilm - you want to make sure it's all covered to it's easy to get out! I use a small/medium metal bowl as it's the perfect size/shape!
  • Chop your chocolate up finely and leave to the side.
  • Chop your digestives/amaretti up into a bowl, and add the marshmallows, raisins, cherries.. whatever you fancy using!
  • In a pan, add your Butter and Syrup and melt until the butter has melted fully - take the pan off the heat and add in the chocolate.
  • The heat of the butter/syrup should melt the chocolate so it should be fine as it's finely chopped - but if you find you have lumps of chocolate left then put the pan back on the heat briefly to melt the mixture fully!
  • Pour the chocolate mix into the bowl of goodies and mix well.
  • Pour into the lined bowl, and press down and set in the fridge till solid - I say it takes a few hours really, but check as you go! You can always leave it overnight to set!
  • Once the 'Pudding' has set, decorate!
  • I used the Green Candy melts with a leaf piping tip to get a 'holly' style - I added in a couple drops of water to thicken the candy melts for piping and piped it onto a piece of greaseproof.
  • I added on some red M&Ms for the berries, and left it to set.
  • I then melted my white chocolate and poured it onto the pudding for the topping, and then added on the 'holly leaves' and spritzed it with some edible gold glitter for a beautiful effect!


  • This beauty is just a glorifed traybake in a bowl - but I love it!
  • It will last for one week or so - and I kept it at room temperature!
  • If you want to use all Milk Chocolate, I would use 500g. 
  • If you want to use all Dark, still use 400g. 
  • I recommend using these products for this bake:


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  1. hannah on December 22, 2020 at 10:22 am

    would chopped dates work instead of dried fruit?

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 22, 2020 at 10:34 am

      Yeah I’m sure that would be lovely!

  2. Jenna on December 15, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    U say chop up the digestives ? Like do u leave them in halves or do u just break them up with ur hands into bite size or crumbs or? .. sorry bit confused

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm

      You just chop them up into chunks.. you don’t want crumbs!

  3. Ian on December 6, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Hi, is there an alternative anyone would recommend to the amaretti biscuits as want to try but use an alternative for a nut allergy sufferer

  4. Juju on September 30, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Cups, teaspoons, and oz., please?

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 1, 2020 at 9:04 am

      There is a button on the recipe for ounces, but I do not measure in cups.

  5. Eva on July 7, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    Terrific idea! (yes I am looking for Christmas recipe during Summer in Europe aha)

  6. Emma Reidy on April 25, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Hi Jane. What size bowl did you use for this recipe 😊

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 25, 2020 at 6:41 pm

      Honestly I’m not even sure – about 6″ wide?!

  7. Nic on December 24, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    5 stars
    Superb recipe! I experimented with other ingredients, so made orange chocolate, mint choc and toffee ones. Although I found the toffee one was a weird texture (not curdled), I think it was the Curly Wurlies in the ingredients melting slightly. All done to take into work Xmas day 😃

  8. sophie on December 15, 2019 at 10:46 am

    im thinking of making this recipe for christmas and i was wondering if i could make it in advance and freeze it? is this recipe freezable?

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 15, 2019 at 11:01 am

      Yes it is – I would freeze without decoration though, and still set it in the fridge for a bit first.

  9. Louise on November 24, 2019 at 11:37 am

    What size bowl did you use? Planning to make a few of these as presents!

  10. Naomi on November 20, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    How do you get the white chocolate so perfect on top of the pudding?

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 21, 2019 at 9:12 am

      I literally just pour it on, then slightly smush it round with a spoon – that’s all!

  11. Sus on November 20, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    This looks delicious! Quick question- how do you get the white chocolate to set like that? How does it not all run down the sides to the bottom?!

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 20, 2019 at 9:31 pm

      I find when I melt chocolate it’s not that runny at all, so I just sorta push it over the sides with a spoon but that’s it!

  12. Julie Swan on November 20, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Hi Jane, could you make this into small bite size puddings?

    Julie. X

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 20, 2019 at 9:31 pm

      Of course! You’d just need little balls, and then carefully decorate!

  13. Tricia on November 20, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Also can’t stand Christmas pudding! This looks like a perfect Christmas Eve “bake” with my 4 and 5 year old so we can leave a slice out for Santa. We do something different each year and I’m POSITIVE Santa will very much appreciate this one… 😉

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 20, 2019 at 9:01 am

      Awh that would be amazing!! I’m sure Santa would love it!

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