Rocky Road Candy for Gifts from the Kitchen #SundaySupper

by Renee on November 11, 2012

Rocky Road Candy

What to do for holiday gifts? That was a real dilemma for me years ago when I worked in a big office. I had about 20 co-workers and everyone exchanged gifts. I was on a tight budget and did not want to give some cheap-o thingy. I searched the stores and had no luck. Then it occurred to me to make homemade treats. The gifts were a hit and I got rave reviews on the Rocky Road candy. The combination of marshmallows, peanuts, and chocolate is so incredibly good.

I have made lots of holiday treats since then. There are my standard ones like Tiger Butter, fudge, Rocky Road, and fruitcake (yes, fruitcake and it is a good one). I also seek out new ones to try each year. As luck would have it, today’s Sunday Supper event is all about gifts from the kitchen. I could not be more happy about it. There are so many inspiring ideas and recipes and links to them will all be right here. No need to search anywhere else. Oh yea! How convenient!

Take a look at the very creative and festive treats by the team:

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It makes me want to head to the kitchen now. This holiday season will certainly be filled with lots of yummy goodness. The biggest decision will be what to make and who gets it. Are you ready to start making homemade gifts? I hope so. Remember to add Rocky Road candy to your to-make list!

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Rocky Road Candy

Rocky Road Candy

  • 10 ounces miniature marshmallows
  • 2 cups dry roasted peanuts
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Line a 9- X 13- X 2-inch baking pan with parchment or wax paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, add the marshmallows and peanuts. Stir to mix together.

In the top of a double boiler, add the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter. Bring water in the bottom of the boiler to a simmer and place the top boiler over it. Cook, stirring constantly, until chocolate and butter melts and the mixture is smooth.

Pour the chocolate over the marshmallows and peanuts. Stir to coat evenly. Transfer the mixture to the baking dish and spread evenly, pressing down as needed. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Cut into 1 inch square pieces.

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Recipe adapted from Southern Living 1984 Annual Recipes cookbook.

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Conni Smith November 11, 2012 at 3:12 am

How adorable are these!!!


sunithi November 11, 2012 at 3:31 am

Oooh, my kids would love these. Forget the kids. I would love them. On my list ” to make ” ! Thanks for sharing !


Baker Street November 11, 2012 at 7:40 am

Incredibly cute! I love that these bite sized treats have so much packed in them!


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen November 11, 2012 at 8:25 am

These are a sure hit as a gift! And so easy to make. I love this recipe Renee. Have a great sunday!


Heather @girlichef November 11, 2012 at 9:36 am

You know what? I’ve had these before…and LOVED them. But I’ve never made them. Thank you for the recipe, Renee…I know this would make fabulous gifts. Plus, they’re just beautiful!!


Jen @ Juanita's Cocina November 11, 2012 at 10:02 am

I would have LOOOOOVED to be your co-worker. Also, I had to go look at Tiger Butter. I’m in looooove!


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 11, 2012 at 10:28 am

These look dangerous to have around the house for myself so yes, I have to make them, sample a few and send them out to friends! (But let’s be real, I’ll probably keep like half the batch to myself!) :)


Family Foodie November 11, 2012 at 10:29 am

Awesome recipe that I can’t wait to try! Renee your photography is gorgeous!


Katie November 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

Helloooo delicious! I love the salty and sweet combo of rocky road…this sounds perfect for a holiday treat! I’m putting this one on my to-make list


Karen Hartzell November 11, 2012 at 10:38 am

YUM! Renee, that looks amazing! What a delicious treat to give for the holidays!


Tara Noland November 11, 2012 at 11:19 am

Who wouldn’t love to receive that!! I want some right now!


Lane @ Supper for a Steal November 11, 2012 at 12:34 pm

These sound terrific. Anything rocky road is my favorite.


Soni November 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Oh wow!Such a neat idea for a holiday gift and something I’m definitely going to make this season :)Love how easy and delicious this is!!Bookmarked :)


Liz November 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I don’t think my kids would let me give this away! What a delicious holiday gift idea, Renee!


veronica gantley November 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I love rocky road. Itg is my favorite. Thanks for sharing.


Jennie @themessybakerblog November 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Renee, this candy looks divine. I love that it’s so easy to make. I can’t wait to take this recipe for a test drive. Hmm, your feature is coming up (decisions). Happy Sunday, my friend! Pinned.


Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips November 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm

If these taste half as good as they look…


Sarah November 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Never made rocky road, this is a great way to start!


Sheila November 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm

These sound fantastic! Marshmallows, peanuts, and chocolate are always a winning combo with me! Thanks for sharing.


Audrey's Mamma November 11, 2012 at 6:44 pm

How simple yet elegant! I am afraid my helpers would eat all the marshmallows!


Cindys Recipes November 11, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Easy and delicious! Thanks for the idea, Renee!


Kayle (The Cooking Actress) November 11, 2012 at 6:58 pm

What lucky co-workers!!! I’m totally craving this rocky road candy now!


Carla November 11, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Yes, I know the dilemma very well (plus I work with a bunch of men, so it can’t be too cutesy). Rocky road fudge is my mom’s favorite thing, so I may be stuffing her stocking with this!


Kim Bee November 11, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Oh my gosh girl, this is freaking amazing. I love rocky road. My tummy is now rumbling big time.


Laura Hunter November 12, 2012 at 4:53 am

The first time I made homemade gifts it was for my husband’s work party. It was a white elephant gift exchange and I made Peanut Butter Truffles. Lets just say I felt a little guilty when there was a fight over who got the truffles. :)


Megan November 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm

That fudge looks AMAZING!!


The Wimpy Vegetarian November 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Love these – and love your photo! They are so delectable looking :-)


Katherine G November 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm

These look so delicious!!!!


Sarah November 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I need to make these today. They look so good. I would eat them right out the pan even before they made it to anyone as a gift. Too bad I am dieting. It’s like torture seeing chocolate and peanuts together when you are dieting.


Rachel@Time for Good Food November 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm

What a helpful list. I’m pinning it so I can remember your candy and all these yummies. Thanks so much!


Anita at Hungry Couple November 12, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I love homemade treats and these look yummy. I’d be thrilled to get these!


Lyn @LovelyPantry November 13, 2012 at 12:01 am

Absolutely loving it! Awesome gift to give and to receive!


Faye Leong November 13, 2012 at 3:28 am

Love this Rocky Road candies with mixtures of chocolate, marshmallows and peanuts….can’t wait to try this out!


Beate November 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Oh, these sound so delicious. I love Rocky Road ice cream so I know that this one is for me. Yum!!! I should give it them a try with my vegan condensed milk…Thank you for sharing!


Arlene @FlourOnMyFace November 14, 2012 at 9:07 am

Every Holiday season I say I am going to make candy. I never seem to get around to it! This recipe looks perfect for me to try this year.


Hezzi-D November 16, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I know a lot of people on my list that would love this candy. It looks so easy too!


Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) November 17, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Seeing your post reminded me that I had a family member who used to make this for Christmas every year. I’m a marshmallow fan so I might just have to put this into my holiday baking this year.


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