Easy Rocky Road Candy
Sweet, nutty, chewy, and only four ingredients! Easy Rocky Road Candy comes together fast and satisfies any sweet tooth. It’s not just an ice cream flavor.
Versions of Rocky Road
How many of you thought Rocky Road existed only in ice cream form? Yes, me too. But, friends, we is wrong.
Rocky Road is a chocolate candy that includes different ingredients depending on who is making it. In traditional American-style Rocky Road, it is just three ingredients: chocolate, marshmallows, and walnuts (or almonds). With all the lumps and bumps on the surface, it really does look like a rocky road.
Recently, I discovered that Rocky Road exists in the UK and Australia and they each have their own very different versions. Across the Atlantic, the British include dried fruit and biscuit (cookie) pieces in theirs. And across the Pacific, the Australians tip in glacé cherries, shredded coconut, marshmallows, and peanuts.
They all sound delicious.
But for me, the chocolate marshmallow walnut trifecta of Rocky Road is nostalgic. It was one of the few ice cream flavors available at the military commissary when my brother and I were growing up. Vanilla was and still is my favorite, but Rocky Road is a close second.
This toothsome treat is nice to bring to a potluck, party, or girls' night. It disappears fast.
- Use whatever chocolate you like, dark, milk, or a combo of the two. I used Ghiradelli 60% dark.
- Don’t like walnuts? They are traditional in American-style Rocky Road candy, but other nuts would be just as delicious. Almonds, cashews, peanuts, pecans, or pistachios are all great subs.
- Whatever nut you wind up choosing, be sure to toast them first! They will taste nuttier and keep their crunch for longer.
Many thanks to my mother-in-law Sue who makes a similar chocolate candy minus the marshmallows and to Recipe Tin Eats for the Rocky Road recipe inspiration.Print
- 3 cups dark chocolate chips
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 cups mini marshmallows
- 1 cup toasted walnut pieces
- Line an 8x8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- Pour the chocolate chips and olive oil into a microwave-safe bowl. Zap it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir with the tip of a chopstick or skewer. Put back in the microwave for 30 more seconds and stir again. Repeat until the chocolate is just barely melted when stirred. It should be glossy and smooth.
- Toss in the mini marshmallows and walnuts, then stir with a spatula until everything is coated. Pour into the prepared pan into an even layer.
- Allow to cool and set until firm, 2 to 3 hours. Set the pan uncovered in the fridge to speed things up.
- Once firm, cut into logs or bite-sized pieces.
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