Rocky Road Crack Recipe – So Addicting it Should Come with a Warning
This post was most recently updated on December 18th, 2018
Hello fellow rocky road addicts! To me there’s nothing better than rocky road. Except maybe smores. I love chocolate, marshmallows and nuts (in this combination – I don’t usually like a lot of nuts in treats). My mom and sister make this every Christmas for neighbor gifts (but it works for any time of the year). This year I decided to make it too. It was a big hit!
One neighbor called me to rave about how pretty it looked and how good it tastes. I agree, this rocky road is addicting. It’s really tough to stop eating once you have a bite…so I have to limit my exposure to it or I won’t have any left to give away!
We also give it to teachers and bring some to parties. The best thing is this rocky road is so easy to make and only has 3 ingredients. It’s definitely one of those recipes where the sum is greater than the parts. There’s a magic when it all comes together. If you’re going to make this year after year, it pays to get the supplies and order in bulk. I’ve linked to what I use or as close as I can get.
Be sure to wear an apron – melted chocolate gets everywhere!
Here’s the final product:
I nicknamed this Rocky Road Crack.
Here’s the recipe…
Rocky Road Crack
2.5 pounds milk chocolate (my family gets Guittard chocolate in 10lb blocks or wafers from a store called Orson Gygi in Salt Lake but you can use something like this). Just try to use quality chocolate because it makes a difference. I spend around $60 on the ingredients and supplies (around $1.40/ bag). You can’t buy anything this nice for that price and if you wanted to make it extra nice you could make boxes of candy instead of bags.
2 pounds large marshmallows Look for fresh ones that aren’t sticking together in the bag. Use scissors sprayed with Pam (or washed off when they get too sticky) and cut them in half. I use Kraft Jet-Puffed marshmallows.Jet-Puffed Marshmallows, get the 1 lb bag
About 3 cups unsalted whole almonds, roasted. Put them on a cookie sheet, one layer, in the oven for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees to roast them. Watch closely because they can burn fast. I like to buy in bulk at Costco or a grocery store. A 25 ounce bag is about 3 cups. Allow almonds to cool before you make the rocky road. If I’m in a hurry I put them outside.
Chop chocolate into smaller pieces if it’s in a block. Otherwise put the wafers in a microwave in a glass bowl. Cook on 40% power for 2 minutes. Stir. DO NOT melt at full temperature or it will ruin the chocolate and not taste good. Cook for 1 minute at a time at 40% power, then stir until almost completely melted. When you have just smaller chunks left, just keep stirring until it’s smooth. It can take a little more time this way but it’s worth not burning the chocolate by cooking it too much.
You want the chocolate to be smooth, no lumps and still warm but not hot enough to melt the marshmallows.
Put the almonds and marshmallows in a large mixing bowl. Pour the melted chocolate over them and use a large spoon to mix as you go. It’s easiest if you have someone pour the chocolate while the other person mixes it. Scrape the sides to get all of the chocolate. Stir until combined.
It won’t look great, but trust me, it will be beautiful when it sets and you cut it. Dump onto a cookie sheet that has a baking mat (I like the Amazon brand ones because they’re durable and an excellent price) or butter the pan. Let it set for several hours or overnight.
Cut into bite sized pieces or cut into larger rectangles to fit into a cellophane bag. I think it looks pretty in a big piece. I like to use a cutter like this and weigh each piece on a food scale to make it consistent. One batch made about 12 bags.
I usually make a double batch and get around 25 bags. If you make a double batch, make one at a time.
Put in large cellophane bags and tie with a pretty Christmas bow. Ribbon with wire is my favorite. I use bags like the ones below…click on the image to see. The size is 5″ x 11″. You can get clear cello bags for about $15 for 200.
Tie the top off with wired Christmas ribbon. I’ve linked to the best ones I could find. The photos below to give you an idea of what to look for – but every year the selection changes so these exact ones may not be in stock.
Put Christmas labels on each one or put with your Christmas card and you’re good to go.
NOTE: my mom says that she gives out the recipe a lot but no one can make this candy. Why? I asked her. She said because they change how it’s made or use cheap chocolate and it doesn’t taste as good. So please know that if you change the method or recipe a lot it might not taste that great!