This rocky road recipe is one of the easiest treats to make!

Chocolate and peanut butter are tossed with nuts and marshmallows. Simply chill, slice, and enjoy.

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An Easy No-Bake Treat

You may have heard of Rocky Road ice cream, and this treat has the same flavor in a fudgy little bite.

  • Quick & Easy: Since it’s no-bake, rocky road is quick to prepare.
  • Customizable: Swap out ingredients, and add nuts or your favorite dried fruits.
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Ingredients in Rocky Road

The ingredients you need to make Rocky Road are pretty simple and you very likely already have them on hand!

I use a combination of chocolate, peanut butter, nuts, and marshmallows.

I usually choose pecans or walnuts but you can use whatever nuts you like best (or have on hand)!

You can use colored marshmallows instead of white, add raisins or dried cherries, chocolate chips or cereal bits.

Use your imagination and your family’s favorites to create a dessert square everyone will love!

  • Chocolate chips: Semi-sweet chocolate chips keep this treat from being too sweet; dark chocolate chips can also be used.
  • Peanut butter: Use either creamy or crunchy peanut butter.
  • Nuts: Walnuts and peanuts add texture and flavor. Swap in almonds or pecans if you’d like.
  • Mini marshmallows: These give a great texture and add sweetness. While I prefer the flavor with white marshmallows, you can use fruit-flavored marshmallows in place.
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How to Make Rocky Road

Rocky Road is a simple and easy candy that doesn’t require lots of attention. No messing around with candy thermometers or worrying about temperatures.

  1. Melt the peanut butter and chocolate together over low heat according to the recipe below.
  2. Cool slightly and stir in the add ins.
  3. Chill, slice, and enjoy. 
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Rocky Road

This easy Rocky Road recipe is a simple fudgy treat loaded with chocolate, peanut butter, nuts and marshmallows!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 16 servings
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  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cups chopped peanuts
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows


  • Line a 9 x 9 inch pan with parchment or foil.
  • In a medium-sized pot over low heat, melt together the chocolate chips and peanut butter, mixing until smooth.
  • Stir in walnuts and peanuts and remove from heat. Allow to cool for 3-4 minutes.* Fold in the marshmallows until coated.
  • Spread mixture into the lined pan and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
  • Cut into 16 squares and serve.



The chocolate and peanut butter can be melted in the microwave at 60% power for 45 seconds. Stir and continue cooking until melted, stirring every 30 seconds.
*It is important to cool the chocolate mixture a bit so that the marshmallows remain intact and do not melt.
Place Rocky Road in a sealed container or wrap it up tight in plastic. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 306 | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 262mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Candy, Cookies, Dessert, Party Food
Cuisine American
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  1. Hollie, first and foremost, you have been such an inspiration to me with so many of your recipes doable on a frugal budget. Thank you for sharing!
    For this recipe, would it alter the outcome if I exchanged the 1 cup chopped walnuts and 1/2 cup chopped peanuts for 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans?5 stars

  2. I have someone who can’t do nuts of any kind. Would this work with just marshmallows, chocolate, and peanut butter?

    1. Hi Geri, it should work just fine without the nuts but you could also add pretzels, crushed up graham crackers, or even dried fruit!

  3. This was easy to make. I used walnuts instead of peanuts. It is delicious! Gave as gifts, everyone loved it!5 stars

  4. I’ve made this so many years and love it. Question can this be made with natural pb (no sugar)? Have tons of it at home. Or do I need to add sugar to sweeten it? Thanks!5 stars

    1. Hi Momo, I have only made this recipe as written but I think natural PB would work! Since there is sugar in the chocolate chips and marshmallows, it should still be sweet enough. Let us know how it works for you!