This Peppermint Rocky Road Fudge is exactly what my chocolate cravings need and once you taste this fudge yours will too! It is so simple to make, and your friends and family are going to beg you to whip some up! This homemade fudge makes a great gift.
No-bake rocky road fudge is just what you need to help when those sugar cravings creep up! You won’t be able to get enough of this creamy fudge filled with peppermint marshmallows and pecans.
If you love candy as much as we do, check out this peanut butter fudge recipe.
Often people think that if you eat gluten free, you don’t get to enjoy sweet treats. That can’t be further from the truth. Thankfully, over recent years, there have been so many delicious products made that fit your gluten free lifestyle.
You can read more about how to live gluten free with these tips on Gluten Free Living (and dining out safely!) If you can’t get enough fudge, like Mr. Fearless Dining, you have to take a look at these chocolaty fudge recipes:
- Minty White Chocolate Fudge Bite
- Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge
- Homemade Butterscotch Hard Candy
This homemade fudge makes wonderful gifts for family and friends...anyone who loves chocolate! It is also beautiful on a holiday dessert buffet table.
What I love about this rocky road candy recipe is that you can make it with your kids too! They will love mixing in the marshmallows and nuts. Plus, they will enjoy just hanging out with you in the kitchen.
- 10-ounce bag of dark chocolate
- 1 bag of peppermint mini marshmallows (or if you prefer more natural, vegan marshmallows use these marshmallows.)
- ⅓ cup condensed milk (regular or coconut-based)
- ⅓ cup pecans
How to Make Rocky Road Fudge:
Now let's go through how to make this delicious peppermint rocky road fudge recipe. You only need a few simple ingredients, wax paper, and an 8x8 pan.
The first step is to line your pan with wax paper. This will prevent your no-bake rocky road fudge from sticking to the pan. It also makes lifting the fudge out of the pan super easy!! All you have to do is lift the wax paper and the fudge comes right out!
I add a few peppermint marshmallows to the bottom of the pan, maybe ¼ of the total amount.
Melt your chocolate and condensed milk together in a bowl.
What is the best way to melt chocolate?
I microwaved the chocolate at 20-second intervals to prevent the chocolate from burning. I stir the mixture between each interval. You can also use a double boiler if you prefer.
The next step is to dump in the peppermint marshmallows and pecans. Mix well so that your mix-ins are blended evenly with the melted chocolate.
Pour the fudge mixture into the wax paper-lined pan and spread it out. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Remove the fudge and use a sharp knife to cut it into pieces.
I like to make my fudge a little different each time just to change the flavors and textures a bit. If you want to add in a variety of nuts to change the taste, here are a few ideas:
- Macadamia Nuts
You may have some questions, so I will try to answer as many as I can :-).
Can I freeze fudge?
Yes, you sure can! You just have to make sure that you tightly wrap it before freezing, so air doesn’t get to it. Then you can store it for up to three months. This is a great dessert to make ahead of time then you can get it out in small batches to enjoy. To thaw all you need to do is place it in the refrigerator and it will slowly thaw then you can eat it!
Can I make this recipe nut-free?
Absolutely! Many people either don’t like the flavor or texture of nuts, so you can just omit them from the recipe. You can also add in some of your other favorite foods like cranberries, or other candies you like.
Can I make this on a stove?
The answer is yes! You can choose whichever method is more comfortable for you. I like the microwave because it is fast and I don’t have to spend as much time watching it.
When heating the chocolate on the stove, you will want to keep a close eye on it and make sure not to burn it. I recommend using a candy thermometer, and you can take it off the burner when it reaches 238 degrees Fahrenheit.
How long will this fudge recipe keep?
This homemade fudge recipe will last a while in the refrigerator. Store in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.
Can you freeze this rocky road fudge?
You can definitely freeze this homemade rocky road fudge recipe. Seal in a locking freezer bag until you need it.
Looking for more chocolate desserts that are perfect for the holidays?
- Dark Chocolate Truffles Three Ways
- Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies
- Gluten Free Devil's Food Cake
- Gluten Free Chocolate Caramel Tart
Things You Need to Make This No-Bake Fudge Recipe:
- A candy thermometer if you use a stove.
- Good dark melting chocolate. (You can also use milk chocolate if you prefer!)
Peppermint Rocky Road Fudge
- 10 ounces dark chocolate chips
- 1 ½ cups mini peppermint marshmallows
- ¾ cup chopped pecans
- ¼ cup condensed milk
- In a microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate and melt at 30-second intervals. Stir between each interval.
- Add the condensed milk and stir to blend.
- Pour in the marshmallows and pecans and mix well.
- Add the fudge to a wax paper lined 8x8 baking dish and use a spoon to spread the mixture evenly into the pan.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours. Remove from the refrigerator and cut into squares.
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