Rocky Road Fudge

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Creamy chocolate fudge filled with peanuts and marshmallows makes a chewy, crunchy, salty, sweet Rocky Road Fudge that all ages will enjoy. Rocky Road ice cream has been one of my favorite ice cream flavors ever since I was a child.

This Rocky Road Fudge has everything I love about the classic ice cream flavor mixed into a rich chocolate fudge.

Rocky Road Fudge - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Rocky Road brownies, Rocky Road chocolate bark, Rocky Road pretty much anything is sure to be a hit with my family. What’s not to love about a handful of chocolate filled with peanuts and marshmallows?

Rocky Road Fudge

When I was playing with ideas for new fudge recipes this holiday season, I knew I needed to make a rocky road fudge. I’ve put peanuts in fudge before, and I’ve put marshmallows in fudge, but I had yet to try both together.

I’m happy to report that the finished Rocky Road Fudge was just as good as I imagined it would be, if not better. It was a hit with my kids and given the opportunity we could have polished off the whole batch in no time at all.

Fudge Recipes

I am so completely hooked on five minute fudge recipes. Unlike traditional old-fashioned fudge recipes, no candy thermometers or other special equipment is required.

You don’t even need a stove to make this fudge. Everything melts in the microwave and then sets up in the fridge in just a few hours.

My 5 minute fudge obsession started with this simple Chocolate Pecan Fudge, a recipe I’ve used as the base for tons of chocolate fudge recipes since, including this one.

Rocky Road Fudge is the latest incarnation of 5 minute fudge I’m sharing this year. Don’t miss the others like White Chocolate Pretzel Fudge, bite size pieces of salty-sweet heaven. Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge, Chocolate Covered Oreo Fudge, and Peppermint Marshmallow Fudge are even more recipes you’re sure to enjoy.

I also plan to give this Eggnog Fudge and this Maple Nut Fudge a whirl this upcoming holiday season.

Rocky Road Fudge is a quick and easy five minute fudge recipe filled with clusters of peanuts and plenty of marshmallows! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Rocky Road Fudge Recipe

Rocky Road Fudge starts by combining semi-sweet chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and butter in a glass bowl. After microwaving for 90 seconds, stir everything together until well combined and smooth.

Add vanilla extract, peanuts and miniature marshmallows to the chocolate, then pour the fudge into a pan lined with parchment paper. Chill until firm, slice and serve! It’s hard to think of homemade fudge that’s any easier.

Peanuts are the traditional nut of choice for rocky road inspired desserts but just about any other nut would be tasty as well. Almonds, walnuts or pecans come to mind as excellent substitutes if you don’t have peanuts, are cooking for someone with a peanut allergy or just want something different.

I like to slice this fudge into 1 inch squares. It’s so rich that having the option to have just a bite at a time is wonderful, but feel free to slice it into whatever size squares or rectangles you like.

The recipe can also be halved to make a smaller amount of fudge, just pour the warm fudge into a loaf pan to chill to  get the right consistency

This rich and nutty fudge pairs perfectly well with a cold glass of milk for an after school treat and makes a satisfying pick-me-up with a cup of coffee, too.

If you don’t have a microwave or prefer not to use one, it’s easy to make this recipe on the stovetop as well. Simply use a double boiler to melt the butter, chocolate and milk together, stirring as you go.

Whether you make fudge in the microwave or on the stovetop, it’s a treat that’ll keep everyone coming back for just one more taste.

Who can resist a piece of Rocky Road Fudge?! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Storing Fudge

These fudge recipes will store very nicely in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, or in the freezer for up to two months. I love the convenience of making a few different varieties of fudge long in advance and having it ready to share with friends and family for parties or casual get-togethers.

Store the sliced fudge in an airtight container, separating the layers with wax paper or parchment. Store the different flavors in separate containers to maintain the best taste.

It’s also convenient to have a fridge or freezer stocked with fudge when you need a last minute gift. Put a couple of dozen squares of fudge in a gift box wrapped with ribbon and you have an instant homemade gift that anyone would be excited to receive.

Everyone likes fudge and Rocky Road Fudge is sure to become a new favorite.

Kitchen Tip: I use this bowl and this spatula to make this recipe.

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Rocky Road Fudge - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Rocky Road Fudge

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Servings: 24 -36 pieces, depending on size

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup salted peanuts

Instructions

  • Combine the milk, the chocolate, and the butter in a medium size glass bowl and heat in the microwave for 90 seconds. Stir to combine and heat another 15 seconds if needed. (If you aren't a fan of the microwave, you can easily melt the chocolate, milk and butter in a double boiler on the stove top.)
  • Add the extract and stir until smooth. Stir in the peanuts and marshmallows and scoop the mixture onto a parchment lined tray. Spread with a spatula to approximately 1-inch thickness. Chill until ready to serve. Slice into squares and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Enjoy!

Notes

COOK’S NOTE: Peanuts are traditionally the nut of choice for rocky road. However, almonds, walnuts, and pecans will all work quite well for this fudge recipe.
The recipe halves nicely in order to make a smaller amount of fudge. It can be made in a loaf pan. Slice the smaller recipe into 12-18 pieces.
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  1. Leann says

    Would you need to let the chocolate mixture cool a bit before adding the marshmallows to prevent the marshmallows from melting?5 stars

    • Mary says

      If you stir in the peanuts first, it usually cools enough that they don’t melt. I do stir them in quickly and try not to stir long enough that they melt. Enjoy!

  2. Sarah says

    I made this and it’s super tasty; although I am just wondering exactly how long I need to chill it? I feel like I cut into it maybe an hour after putting in the fridge and it seemed a bit too gooey to cut.5 stars

  3. Barbara Owart says

    Great recipe similar to a recipe called tutti frutti fudge that I lost the recipe for. I like to melt the chocolate in a double boiler method for best quality and no burning. My original recipe calls for a cup of cut maraschino cherries which I added to this recipe along with chopped pecans. Refrigerated over night and just cut into squares. Very good and easy!

  4. Sandy Malugwn says

    I made this last Christmas and gave it to my neighbors, they loved it and one neighbor came back and asked if I had more.5 stars

  5. Kim says

    Followed the recipe exactly but fudge didn’t set up. The 4 minute cook time is not enough. It does have a good taste but you have to eat it with a spoon.1 star

  6. Lisa M says

    Made this recipe . Love love love it. Roasted up some almonds and chopped them up. Such a good recipe, added it to my phone . Picked this recipe because Mary said go ahead and use double boiler. I try not to use the microwave for fudge.5 stars

  7. Dimitria says

    Great recipe my family & guests loved it especially my kids & husband!
    I figured out what size pan to use but, you might want to add it in the recipe.
    Thank you!5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hi Jean, that isn’t something I am able to provide here, but if you cup and paste the ingredient list into an online calculator, you should be able to figure it out. Enjoy the fudge!

  8. Beatrice Spencer says

    How long does it take before my Mamas fudge firms up, I’ve had in the refrigerator for 3 hours and still not firm enough to eat. What could have I done wrong??

    • Mary Younkin says

      It should be firm without about 4 hours on average, Beatrice. The most common mistake is to use evaporated milk instead of condensed milk or to use too much condensed milk. Without being in the kitchen with you though, it’s difficult to guess beyond that.

  9. Donna says

    Best fudge ever! So moist and creamy and not sickening sweet. I don’t care if I never make another kind of fudge.. I used an 8×8 glass dish lined with foil leaving extra foul on the sides to lift the fudge out to cut into pieces.5 stars

  10. Diana says

    I used this recipe, but i would recommend to use less milk and once you have taken the bowl of milk/butter/chocolate out of the microwave don’t put the marshmallows in straight away , I made this mistake and the marshmallows melted instantly .
    Also I added digestive biscuits to make it extra yummy !!
    Overall it was delicious 🙂

  11. Trish says

    I’ve been brushing up on my fudge making skills while I’ve been in too much isolation lol. Well, Christmas will be here before we know it. Since homemade fudge is my go to gift for my doctors offices, acquaintances, etc… I’m extremely happy to have found this website. Not only was this fudge delicious but it was so easy to make. I’ve tried many of the simple fudge recipes you have available and they have all been soooo good. My nieces and nephews Thank You as well.5 stars