Rocky Road Candy is just about the easiest candy to make!
With only a few ingredients (and only a few minutes) you will have sweet, delicious candy that everyone will love!
What Is Rocky Road Candy?
The Rocky Road candy bar was started by the Annabelle Candy Company in 1950. The candy was made with marshmallows, cashews and a thin coating of chocolate. It is said that true Rocky Road originated in Australia in the 1800s as a way to sell sweets that had spoiled. Most of us are also familiar with Rocky Road Ice Cream which is chocolate ice cream, marshmallows and some sort of nuts. As you can see, for sweets to be called Rocky Road, it has to have chocolate, some sort of nut and marshmallows!
WHERE IS THE ROCKY ROAD CANY RECIPE?
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How To Make Rocky Road Candy?
Unlike the traditional Rocky Road Candy, the version I am sharing with you today has a little caramel element to it! I start by melting together chocolate chips, half a bag of salted caramel chips (these are Kroger brand, butterscotch chips will work as well) and butter until smooth and creamy (the mixture can be melted in a large microwave-safe bowl or on the stove top). Remove from heat and stir in one can of dulce de leche (does it get any better than that?). Once everything has combined and slightly cooled, stir in dry roasted peanuts, marshmallows, and remaining caramel chips.
Rocky Road Candy Substitutions?
You could omit the dulce de leche and use regular sweetened condensed milk and replace the caramel chips with butterscotch chips as mentioned above.
Colored marshmallows add a festive flair to this candy and is a super simple substitution.
Cashews can be used in place of peanuts.
Replace half of the amount of peanuts with rice crispy cereal or coconut.
As far as presentation goes, you could spoon the candy into small cupcake liners for easy, individual treats instead of spreading them into squares or bars.
Can you Freeze Rocky Road Candy?
Yes, Rocky Road Candy freezes quite nicely. Place the cooled bars and precut bars in an airtight container, using parchment between any layers. Allow the bars to thaw overnight.
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- 1 12 oz package chocolate chips
- 1 12 oz package salted caramel chips (Kroger Brand) or butterscotch chips, divided
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- 1 14 oz can dulce de leche
- 1 cup dry roasted unsalted peanuts
- 4 cups mini marshmallows
- sea salt
- In a large, microwave safe bowl, melt together the chocolate chips, 1 1/2 cups of the caramel chips and the butter. Heat until melted; stir. Stir in the dulce de leche until smooth and creamy.
- Fold in the peanuts, the marshmallows and remaining caramel chips.
- Spread mixture onto a 9 x 13 inch pan that has been lined with wax paper. Sprinkle with sea salt if desired. Allow mixture to set for at least on hour.
- Cut into squares.