The Best Rocky Road

Nothing beats easy and delicious Rocky Road chocolate marshmallow bars loaded with peanut butter and walnuts for a crunch!

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What could be better than a pan of homemade Rocky Road squares? Chocolatey, peanut buttery, and crunchy, this is the ultimate decadent dessert.

For more incredibly chocolatey marshmallow desserts, why not try this recipe for my marshmallow Yule log, or peanut butter marshmallow squares?

Rocky Road

The Best Rocky Road

Rocky road doesn’t just have to be relegated as an addition to ice cream; it can also be an incredible dessert in its own right.

By combining together the ultimate trifecta of dessert ingredients (butter, peanut butter, and chocolate) and mixing in some marshmallows, nuts and vanilla, you end up with an ooey-gooey, crackly dessert that is probably better than anything you’ve ever had before.

Ingredients for Rocky Road

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  • Salted butter
  • Crunchy peanut butter
  • Chocolate chips
  • Walnuts/Peanuts
  • Vanilla
  • Mini marshmallows

How to Make Rocky Road

  • Hear the butter, peanut butter, and chocolate chips together in a large saucepan until smooth
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and nuts, then cool until safe to the touch
  • Stir in the marshmallows, then spread into a 9×13 pan lined with parchment paper and cool until completely set

What Type of Chocolate Chips Should You Use?

Whenever chocolate chips appear in any recipe, the ultimate question is always what kinds of chocolate chips should you use?

While you could certainly just use your favorite chocolate bar and cut it up into fine pieces, the undoubtedly best option for chocolate chips is any high-quality brand of semi-sweet chocolate. Do NOT use anything labelled baking chips, as they aren’t real chocolate and can melt weirdly!

Semi-sweet chocolate is sort of a middle ground between milk and dark chocolate, offering all the chocolatey qualities that you want but without the super sweetness of regular milk chocolate.

If you wanted, though, you could easily swap out semi-sweet chocolate chips for any kind of chocolate you could want.

If you prefer stronger, more bitter flavors, why not use dark chocolate chips instead? Or, for a creamier, sweeter version, try using white chocolate instead!

How to Store Rocky Road

The best thing about making homemade rocky road is that it stores incredibly well in the fridge or freezer. This means you can make a giant batch of it and have it on hand for whenever you crave something sweet.

The best way to store your rocky road in the fridge or freezer is to cut them up into individual squares first; nothing is worse than trying to cut frozen chocolate bricks into manageable pieces. They will last in the fridge for up to a week, so freezing is better.

How to Freeze Rocky Road

After cutting the pan of Rocky Road into squares, place all of your rocky road squares in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze them until rock solid, about one to two hours.

After they are frozen, place them in layers between waxed paper/parchment paper in a freezer safe container and freeze.

This lets you pull out individual pieces of rocky road whenever you want them, rather than one solid block of chocolate.

The best part? These rocky roads taste even better after they have been frozen for a few days! Just eat them out of the freezer, they are so good!

Happy baking!



Rocky Road

Nothing beats easy and delicious Rocky Road chocolate marshmallow bars loaded with peanut butter and walnuts for a crunch!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
20 bars
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • one 300 gram package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or peanuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 7 cups mini marshmallows


  • Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Place the butter, peanut butter and chocolate chips into a large saucepan. Heat over low-medium heat until melted and smooth, stirring frequently.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and nuts.
  • Cool until you can safely touch the bottom of the pot, then stir in the marshmallows.
  • Spread out evenly in the prepared pan. Cool completely and let set, then slice and serve.
  • These freeze well and even taste better frozen!

Recipe Notes

  • You can add any type of nut that you prefer in these, we like walnuts but peanuts are also common

Nutrition Information

Calories: 211kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 12mg, Sodium: 117mg, Potassium: 122mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 142IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Nothing beat easy and delicious Rocky Road chocolate marshmallow bars loaded with peanut butter and walnuts for a crunch!

Karlynn Johnston

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