Easy Rocky Road is truly one of the easiest treats that you can make!

Chocolate and peanut butter melted together and tossed with nuts and marshmallows creates a decadent and fun treat everyone in your household will love!

Stack of Rocky Road on a plate

This Classic Rocky Road recipe is a perfect treat any time of year!

We all know how heavenly Chocolate and Peanut Butter are together, whether it’s our favorite no bake Peanut Butter Lasagna, traditional peanut butter cups or even good ol’ fudgy Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies!

Since most of us have had rocky road ice cream, we know how amazing this flavor combo is and it’s just as awesome made into fudgy little bites.

A chocolatey base, fluffy marshmallows and nuts create an irresistible concoction!

Square of Easy Rocky Road on a cutting board

This holiday season, Rocky Road makes the perfect sweet treat to gift to teachers and coaches or the host of a holiday party!

If you need a quick recipe, this no bake rocky road recipe doesn’t require the oven so it’s quick to make and keep a batch on hand to serve friends as they pop over and spread some holiday cheer!

The problem will be keeping your family away from it long enough to actually serve to guests! I know my pan has already been devoured and they are waiting for a refill!

Squares of Easy Rocky Road on a plate

What is 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)!

Did you know that Rocky Road recipes vary by location? Here in North America we add nuts and marshmallows however, in Australia, Rocky Road often has cherries and coconut while the UK version is loaded with cookie bits!

To be honest, they all sound totally delicious to me (and inspire me to try out different combinations)!

Ingredients for Easy Rocky Road in a pot

You can make simple modifications to this recipe to personalize it to your preferences or even create a more gourmet rocky road!

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!

How do you make a 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.

If you’ve never made Rocky Road, this simple fudge-like treat is going to become a regular on your cookie tray!

I use a shallow pan and melt the peanut butter and chocolate together over low heat.

Once melted, I remove it from the heat and let it cool slightly. You really want the marshmallows to hold their shape (and not melt into the mixture)!

After a few minutes, I stir the remaining ingredients into the mixture and spread it into a foil pan.

Once cooled, I love to cut these delectable little treats into bite sized squares.  They’re very rich so you’ll want to make sure you cut them nice and small.

White plate with Easy Rocky Road

While it’s the perfect easy treat to put out any time of year, it also makes for an amazing homemade holiday treat!

They’re perfect to grab for a quick sweet treat or to wrap in a seasonal gift box and gift as a quick last minute hostess gift!

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Easy Rocky Road

Easy Rocky Road is an easy fudgy treat loaded with chocolate, peanut butter, nuts and marshmallows. A simple and easy no bake treat!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 16 servings


  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup walnuts coarsely chopped
  • ½ cups peanuts chopped


  • Line a 9 x 9 inch pan with foil.
  • Melt together the chocolate chips and peanut butter over low heat until smooth.
  • Stir in nuts and remove from heat. Allow to cool 3-4 minutes.
  • Add marshmallows and stir to coat.
  • Spread in pan and refrigerate until firm.


*It is important to cool chocolate mixture a bit so that the marshmallows remain intact and do not melt.
4.93 from 69 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 305 | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 272mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2.1mg

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

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Whether you want to delight your kids after school today with a delicious treat, or you need another dessert square to round out your holiday dessert tray, choose this Easy Rocky Road recipe. So quick and scrumptious, you will love it and make it often!

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  1. Honestly way better than i thought, used walnuts and pecans, subbed some nuts for toffee bits. Definitely will make again5 stars

  2. Your site is the first place I go when looking for a recipe for any dish! When I wanted to make Rocky Road, of course I found this one! This was very easy to make and has so many options for add ins. I added my own touch and pressed crushed graham crackers on top. So yummy!5 stars

    1. Yes, I would recommend cutting them into smaller pieces (kitchen scissors make this task easier). You’ll need about 24 large marshmallows.

  3. The peanut butter was a mistake for me. It made it way too rich and lost a lot of the chocolate goodness. I thought I would love since I love peanut butter and chocolate combinations, but this was a miss. Might try again without PB, increase marshmallows, and add some sea salt.
    I also recommend freezing instead, as my set did not cut cleanly after chilling for several hours.2 stars

    1. Hi Garry, walnuts are a classic for Rocky Road but you can definitely swap them out for any nut you prefer! Additional peanuts would be a great option.

  4. Holly another fabulous recipe! Just cut these up and i can’t wait to give them as gifts for Christmas! So easy and out of this world! I doubled the recipe and used a 9×13 sure to please the sweet teeths in my family!5 stars

    1. I don’t think the peanut butter chips would give it the same consistency. This recipe does not use condensed milk.

  5. So the Aussie way is with cherries and coconut –but how much of each?? and do I still use the chocolate and marshmallows? (I would like to omit the nuts, if possible)


  6. Just made this today and it’s awesome! I didn’t have any peanuts and less than a cup of walnuts, so I put about half cup walnuts, cup of almonds and some leftover mini Smarties. The result is amazing!5 stars

    1. I’ve been making for years but my problem is my chocolate is always way to soft & wont set to a firmness.. what in the world am I doing wrong..

  7. Made this recipe trying the Aussie version with the cherries in it and it was a welcome hit! I also used pecans instead of walnuts because they aren’t as bitter. As long as you have the chocolate/marshmallow/any nut combo happening, you’ve a Rocky Road, it’s the finishing touch that makes it a ‘Supreme!’5 stars

  8. These were very easy to make and yummy good! They will definitely be added to my list of Christmas goodies to make. 5 stars

    1. Have you tried substituting Avacado? You substitute cup for cup. I think one large avacado would do the trick, just make sure you refrigerate it, afterward, It will spoil because it’s a raw food, but it will give you the texture. 

      1. Thank you for the alternative, Caroline. My son is allergic to PB so I was wondering what I could use a substitute. I wonder how Nutella or almond butter or sunflower butter would be. Guess I’ll just have to give it a try! Oh darn…I’ll have so many batches! HAHA