Salted Dark Chocolate Rocky Road Candy

Salted Dark Chocolate Rocky Road Candy is easy homemade candy that comes together in minutes with a few simple ingredients! {GF}

Salted Dark Chocolate Rocky Road Candy is easy homemade candy that comes together in minutes with only 3 ingredients! {GF}

This will be my last recipe of the year as I’m taking some time off to enjoy the holidays.  I’m sure most of you will be doing the same, so I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! 

I’ll be posting the top 10 recipes of the year next week, which is always a fun post, and a reader survey in early January.  Think about what types of recipes that you’d like to see more of (or less of!) because I’d really love to hear from you.

Now, let’s discuss this Salted Dark Chocolate Rocky Road Candy. 😍

Salted Dark Chocolate Rocky Road Candy is easy homemade candy that comes together in minutes with only 3 ingredients! {GF}

Salted Dark Chocolate Rocky Road Candy

My mom used to make rocky road candy every Christmas and give it away as gifts along with a slew of other Christmas cookies.  It was a favorite of mine, and over the years I’ve given it an upgrade that I’m finally sharing with you here.

What ingredients do you need for rocky road?

Homemade rocky road candy typically includes chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, butter, marshmallows and nuts.  I eliminated the condensed milk in order to minimize sugar and maximize that dark chocolate flavor.

I’ve used the following ingredients for this rocky road recipe:

Dark chocolate 

Coconut oil

Marshmallows

Almonds

Flaky sea salt

I opted to use coconut oil in place of butter simply because I prefer it when melting chocolate.  The coconut oil helps to thin the chocolate out a bit so that it’s easier to mix with the other ingredients.  It also helps “soften” the chocolate — without it the chocolate will be more like bark and will be harder to bite into.

The best way to make your rocky road candy next level is to use my homemade marshmallows.  I have chopped up handmade marshmallows from Whole Foods when I haven’t gotten around to making my own.  Quality marshmallows make a huge difference in this recipe!

Salted Dark Chocolate Rocky Road Candy is easy homemade candy that comes together in minutes with only 3 ingredients! {GF}

How do you make rocky road?

This Salted Dark Chocolate Rocky Road Candy couldn’t be easier to make.  Simply place the chocolate and coconut oil in a heat proof bowl placed in simmering water and stir until melted.

Add the marshmallows and chopped nuts, and stir until well coated with the chocolate.

Pour the mixture into an 8×8″ baking dish lined with parchment paper or foil and spread evenly.  Sprinkle with flaky sea salt and allow to set uncovered at room temperature or in the fridge for 1-2 hours.  Once set, cut into bars.

How do you make rocky road in the microwave?

Place the chocolate and coconut oil in a heat proof bowl and heat for 1 minute in the microwave.  Stir well, then continue to heat for 30 second intervals, stirring in between until smooth and continue as directed.

Salted Dark Chocolate Rocky Road Candy is easy homemade candy that comes together in minutes with only 3 ingredients! {GF}

How long does homemade rocky road last?

Homemade rocky road candy will last for 2-3 weeks stored in an air tight container in the fridge.  

Salted Dark Chocolate Rocky Road Candy tips/substitutions:

Use a good quality chocolate in this recipe for best results.  I love using Guittard Organic Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Wafers for their meltability, or I’ve also used Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate Chips with great results.

If dark chocolate is too strong for you, use a combination of dark chocolate with semi-sweet or use your favorite.

Homemade marshmallows are the best in this recipe, but store bought marshmallows work just as well.

The almonds may be replaced with your favorite nuts.  Walnuts, peanuts, macadamia or hazelnuts are all great options.

Salted Dark Chocolate Rocky Road Candy is easy homemade candy that comes together in minutes with only 3 ingredients! {GF}

More salted dark chocolate recipes to enjoy!

Salted Chocolate Bark with Almonds, Cherries and Ginger

Salted Dark Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookie

Salted Dark Chocolate Toffee Fudge

Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

 

Salted Dark Chocolate Rocky Road Candy

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Salted Dark Chocolate Rocky Road Candy is easy homemade candy that comes together in minutes with a few simple ingredients! {GF}

Salted Dark Chocolate Rocky Road Candy

Ingredients

  • 11.5 - 12 ounces dark chocolate baking wafers or chocolate chips*
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (may be substituted with the same amount of neutral flavored oil or butter)
  • 2 cups homemade marshmallows or store bought mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup chopped roasted almonds (or your favorite nuts)
  • 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt (such as Maldon

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x8" baking dish with foil or parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Fill a sauté pan with 2 inches of water and heat over medium heat until simmering, then turn the heat down to low.
  3. Place the chocolate and coconut oil in a heat proof bowl and place the bowl in the simmering water. Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and add the marshmallows and chopped nuts, then stir until well coated with the chocolate.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared dish and spread evenly. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt and allow to set uncovered in the fridge or room temperature for 1-2 hours.
  6. Once set, cut into bars and enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition information was calculated using My Fitness Pal and is meant to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used or substitutions that are made.

*I normally use 12 ounces Guittard Bittersweet Baking Wafers for their meltability or an 11.5 ounce bag of Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate Chips.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave instead of a double boiler! Place chocolate and coconut oil in a heat proof bowl and heat for 1 minute. Stir well, then heat for 30 second intervals, stirring in between until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Continue as directed.

Rocky road candy keeps for 2-3 weeks stored in an air tight container in the fridge.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1 square

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 188 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 150mg Carbohydrates: 16g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 9g Protein: 3g
Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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