Chef John's Rocky Road


I thought I was gonna show you how to make a famous candy, based on a famous ice cream, but as it turns out, it's actually the other way around. The ice cream flavor was inspired by an Australian candy that goes by the same name, which used the same signature ingredients--chocolate, marshmallows, and nuts. Regardless, this is super easy to make, and would be an absolutely wonderful edible gift for the upcoming holidays. Keep unused portions in the fridge.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
16 bars


  • 1 ½ cups dark chocolate chips

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed

  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup

  • 1 ½ cups miniature marshmallows

  • 1 ¼ cups lightly salted roasted almonds

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. Combine dark chocolate chips, butter, and maple syrup in a heat-safe bowl and place over a saucepan filled with about 1 inch of hot water set over the lowest heat setting on the stovetop. Allow mixture to melt; do not stir.

  2. While mixture melts, line an 8x8-inch baking pan with plastic wrap.

  3. Slowly stir melted chocolate mixture together with a spatula until shiny and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in marshmallows and almonds until combined.

  4. Quickly transfer mixture into the prepared baking pan. Distribute evenly but do not smooth or press down the top--try to preserve a rough texture on the top. Let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until well chilled and firm, about 2 hours.

  5. Sift cocoa over the top and cut into 16 squares.

Chef's Notes:

You can use corn syrup instead of maple.

You can use any kind of mini marshmallows and any kind of nuts you prefer, such as peanuts, walnuts, or cashews. You can also add anything you like, such as dried fruit--just make sure you keep the same proportions between the chocolate and the chunks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

181 Calories
12g Fat
18g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 181
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 47mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 4g
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 150mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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