This easy Rocky Road Fudge Recipe is a delicious combination of chocolate, nuts and marshmallows. 5 ingredients (and 5 minutes of prep) is all it takes to make this amazing creamy, and decadent chocolate fudge.
Rocky Road Fudge Recipe
This Easy Rocky Road Fudge recipe combines two of my great loves: fudge and Rocky Road!
You’re probably very familiar with Rocky Road ice cream. Overtime though, this deliciously decadent and ever-so-simple dessert flavor has also crept into cookies, cheesecakes, brownies and yes…fudge!
With only 5 ingredients, you can make this addictive fudge within minutes! It’s made in the microwave and could be any easier. The hardest part is waiting for your fudge to set before sinking your teeth into it!
This Easy Rocky Road Fudge recipe is great for birthday parties, holiday treat spreads or a little something to keep that sweet tooth at bay whenever the craving calls.
Of course, it’s great for gifts to friends and family as well. I can’t imagine anyone not being excited to get a freshly made homemade batch of fudge!
Ingredients for this Easy Rocky Road Fudge + Notes
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- Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips | You could also use semi-sweet baking chocolate instead of chips.
- Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Vanilla extract
- Miniature marshmallows | I love using these Vanilla Mini Dehydrated Marshmallows (they taste just like the mini-marshmallows in Lucky Charms!) You can use regular mini marshmallows, or even cut up larger sized marshmallows.
- Coarsely chopped walnuts| Use almonds instead if you like or add a combination of nuts! Buying pre-chopped nuts will help to shorten your recipe prep time. (But whatever nut you chose – don’t skip the toasting step!)
How To Make Rocky Road Fudge
- First things first. To make this delicious Rocky Road Fudge, I recommend using a 11 x 7 or 9 x 9 inch pan that will get you nice thick fudge. Not too little and not too much. If you like your fudge thicker, you can use an 8 x 8 size pan. For thinner fudge use a 13 x 9.
- Toast the nuts in a skillet over medium-high heat for about a minute. Flipping them for an even toast – just until they turn a slightly darker shade. Keep a close eye on the nuts. They can go from beautifully toasted to burned in a blink of the eye.
- In a microwave safe dish, add the condensed milk to the chocolate chips. Microwave the chocolate chips for 45 seconds on high. Stir well and keep microwaving at 15 second intervals. Stirring well each time until the chocolate is melted.
- You may need to repeat this cooking cycle 2-3 times. Watch carefully that you don’t burn the chocolate.
- Once the chocolate is melted, stir in the vanilla extract and fold in the mini marshmallows together with the toasted nuts.
- Spread fudge mixture into pan and allow it to cool/set up for 2-3 hours. To speed up the process, you can place in the fridge.
Use a very sharp knife and cut the fudge into squares.
Tips for Making Easy Rocky Road Fudge
- Feel free to make this Rocky Road fudge your own by adding any nuts you like.
- Toasting the nuts will enhance their taste, crunch and flavor. I highly suggest that you don’t skip this step!
- I used an 11 x 7 inch dish for this fudge. If you prefer a thicker piece of fudge then consider making use of a smaller but deeper dish such as a 8 x 8 inch.
- When it comes to selecting your mini marshmallows, I LOVE making use of these little dehydrated marshmallows. They are incredibly yummy, come in a large bag and you can use them for so many things! (Like this Homemade Hot Cocoa recipe.)
How did Rocky Road Get it’s Name?
The Rocky Road flavor is found in many sweet treats these days, cheesecake, cookies, and brownies and of course, fudge. But it’s best known originally as an ice cream flavor.
In the early 1920’s, the story is that William Dreyer used his wife’s scissors to cut up marshmallows and walnuts, which he then mixed into his chocolate ice cream for his ice cream shop. (The walnuts were eventually switched to almonds.) And later that year, when the stock market crashed, he changed the name to Rocky Road, “to give folks something to smile about.”
Regardless of how Rocky Road got it’s name, I think we can all agree that it is an utterly addictive flavor. And I promise you will love this Easy Rocky Road Fudge!
What Kind of Nuts Can I Use In This Rocky Road Fudge?
Any that you’d like! Chopped almonds are the most common nuts used in rocky road fudge, you could definitely add the following nuts or combinations depending on your preferences:
- Macadamia nuts
How Long Does Homemade Rocky Road Fudge Keep?
A good few weeks! Storing this easy microwave fudge recipe in an airtight container in the fridge will ensure that it lasts for up to 2-3 weeks.
Freezing fudge is also a fine choice if you have too much. To freeze, separate your layers of fudge with wax paper, double-wrap it with plastic wrap and then place in the airtight container.
To thaw your frozen fudge, simply allow it to sit at room temperature in it’s wrapping until completely thawed out.
More Delicious Fudge Recipes For Your Sweet ToothPrint
- 2 cups (12-ounce package) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups miniature marshmallows
- 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
- Line 11 x 7-inch baking pan with wax paper.
- A walnuts to a preheated skillet over med-high heat. Let the nuts toast about a minute and the flip to the other side. The nuts will turn a few shades darker. Don’t let them burn.
- Microwave the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in large, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on high power for 45 seconds.
- Stir, stir stir.
- Keep microwaving in 15 second intervals, stirring in-between. You probably will only need 2 or 3 more microwave cycles. Do not over cook!! Chocolate can burn.
- Stir in vanilla extract.
- Fold in marshmallows and toasted nuts.
- Add Rocky Road fudge mixture to the prepared pan. Let cool. May take 2 to 3 hour for fudge to set up. You can speed the setting up process by placing fudge in the fridge.
- Slice into squares and enjoy!
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.