Rocky Road Fudge--a simple and delicious recipe

Rocky Road Fudge

I usually reserve my fudge recipes for Christmas, but I had a bit of leftover chocolate, and I love chocolate.  This month is all about shelf stable recipes, and my homemade fudge recipe fits the bill.  Today’s recipe for Rocky Road Fudge is a variation on Patty Cake’s Famous 5 Minute Fudge, and it’s one of my favorites.

I love the combination of chocolate, nuts, and marshmallows, so naturally, this recipe for Rocky Road Fudge is something that I can get excited about.  It’s simple and delicious, and it makes a great gift for that someone special.  It can also be a great addition to an Easter basket.  The best part is that the recipe is finished in under 10 minutes.  Of course, the fudge still needs to have time to set up (become firm), but your hands on time is only 10 minutes.  Rocky Road Fudge--Simple and Delicious Recipe

Give our recipe for Rocky Road Fudge a try and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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Rocky Road Fudge
Recipe type: Candy
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Serves: 2 pounds
This is a simple and delicious version of homemade fudge that's ready in just a few minutes. It's always a crowd pleaser in our home. Cook's Note: You can make this with whatever type of nut you prefer. Total Cost of Recipe = $6.79 or $0.43 per serving.
  • 3 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips (16-18 ounces by weight) ($2.98)
  • 1 (14 oz ) can of sweetened condensed milk ($1.00)
  • 1 pinch of salt ($0.01)
  • ½ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract ($0.06)
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows ($0.13)
  • 1 cup cashew pieces (or nut of your choice) ($2.61)
  1. Line an 8 X 12 inch pan with waxed paper. You can use a different sized pan. The smaller the pan, the thicker the fudge will be. This size is my favorite size to use for this recipe..
  2. Pour chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl.
  3. Pour can of sweetened condensed milk over the chocolate chips making sure that you scrape all of the milk into the bowl
  4. Stir together briefly
  5. Microwave for 2" at full power. (My microwave is only 1100 watts. If your microwave has higher power, you might need to heat for only one minute then proceed with the recipe.)
  6. Remove the chocolate and milk mixture from microwave and stir well, checking to ensure that the chocolate is fully melted and the consistency smooth.
  7. If it is not smooth, return the bowl to the microwave for an additional minute or two, removing it from microwave and stirring after each 30 seconds of heating time.
  8. Once chocolate is melted, add a hearty pinch of salt and ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  9. Stir vigorously until well incorporated.
  10. Stir in the nuts. Stirring in the nuts first helps to being the process of cooling the fudge.
  11. Once the nuts are fully incorporated into the fudge, gently fold in the marshmallows. The marshmallows may begin to melt in the hot fudge, so mix only well enough to get them dispersed in the fudge mixture. Otherwise, they will completely dissolve.
  12. Pour the fudge into the paper lined pan, using the back of a spoon or a flexible spatula to spread it evenly and smooth the top in the pan.
  13. Allow to come to room temperature and set up (become firm). Depending on ambient temperature, this may take as long as 2-3 hours.
  14. Cut into 1 - 2" squares and place into an airtight container, using waxed paper between the layers.
  15. Store at room temperature for up to a week. If you refrigerate the fudge, it may become grainy.

Rocky Road Fudge--A variation of Patty Cake's Famous 5 minute fudge recipe

Nutrition Grade:  D

Nutrition Facts are for a 2 ounce serving of Rocky Road Fudge

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 240
% Daily Value
Total Fat 11.6g
Saturated Fat 3.8g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 8mg
Sodium 122mg
Total Carbohydrates 31.9g
Dietary Fiber 1.0g
Sugars 23.4g
Protein 3.8g
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 7%
Iron 6%


26 thoughts on “Rocky Road Fudge

  1. That’s a treat my husband and his family would enjoy. Especially during the festive days. Love that it’s ready so quickly too, I could make this for them. That would make everyone happy.

    1. The best part of this recipe is how easy it is to make. No one will ever suspect it took so little time to prepare. They’ll think you stood over a hot stove for hours making this fudge.

    1. One year, I made homemade fudge or truffles for everyone on my Christmas list. It was so simple using this recipe, and everyone appreciated the homemade treats.

    1. Ben, this dessert is dangerous in everyone’s house, and it disappears quickly here, too. That’s why I try to only make it during the holidays or for special occasions.

    1. Rocky road is my favorite ice cream, so turning it into fudge just seemed like the right thing to do.

    1. It is very easy. My mom taught me a candy making technique for traditionally made fudge that’s pretty fool-proof. I’ve never owned a candy thermometer, so I guess I should probably share that technique in a blog post, too.

    1. Many of my friends look forward to receiving a box of my homemade fudge for the holidays. They don’t know how easy it is to make.

    1. I love rocky road anything…well, maybe I don’t like real roads that are rocky. I just discovered today that this works better if the marshmallows are a bit stale. (They’re hard and don’t melt as fast.) My kids have a habit of leaving bags of marshmallows open in my pantry. LOL

    1. Katie, I love making homemade fudge, too. This recipe makes it possible to make candy gifts in just a few minutes.

  2. Oh my goodness this looks amazing! Christmas time is the only time I let myself indulge and what a great recipe for me to indulge in!! YUM!

    1. I know what you mean, Amanda. We try to limit our fudge consumption to Christmas and special occasions.

    1. Give it a try. You’ll love it. When I was a kid, we had fudge with peanut butter in it or fudge with walnuts. I love rocky road. I hope you try it. You’ll love it.

    1. Try it, and you’ll find out that it’s really good. Be warned, though, it’s very addictive, and because it’s easy to make, that can be a problem.

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