Sunday, December 10, 2006

Family Favorite Rocky Road

A few years ago I came across this recipe for Rocky Road fudge on a home organization website.

It's a great recipe because even small children can help (by dumping the marshmallows and peanuts into the Very Big Bowl and mixing them up while the rest of the ingredients melt.)

I've modified the recipe a bit to use the microwave instead of stovetop. It makes for easier cleanup too. I am ALL ABOUT easy cleanup, folks. If there's any way to make less of a mess, it's for me.

So here's my version of CEO's Rocky Road:

1 bag mini marshmallows
2 cups dry roasted peanuts
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 bag (12 oz) chocolate chips (semisweet or milk chocolate)
2 tbl butter

1. Get a Very Big Bowl and mix up the marshmallows and peanuts. Let the little ones help with this! If they eat a few, no big deal. The peanuts will always sink to the bottom, but little kids will be happy to stir and stir anyway.

2. Line a 9X13 pan with waxed paper. Do this before the next step because there's no time later!

3. Melt the milk, chips and butter in a microwavable bowl. I put it on for 45 seconds, take it out to stir, and put it back for increments of 30 until it's smooth.

4. As soon as the chocolate mixture is smooth, pour it into the mix of peanuts and marshmallows and stir until everything is coated. Press into the lined pan. Chill until set. Remove from pan and cut into cubes.

This is a must-give to Little Brother's Godfather and Big Brother's Bus Driver. They've received it in the past, and really, really like it.

One time I made it with M&Ms instead of peanuts. Little Brother's Godmother really, really likes that variation!

The original recipe says you can keep this at room temp but I find that it gets pretty messy that way. I prefer to refrigerate the Rocky Road.

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