White Chocolate Rocky Road is a fanciful hodge podge of snowy white chocolate, nuts, mini marshmallows and a colorful mix of jellied candies and dried fruit. It’s one of the prettiest homemade candies ever!
white chocolate rocky road is fun and festive
If you’ve got a candy lover in the family, this is the recipe for you! It’s easily customizable to your favorite chocolate and add-ins.
what is rocky road?
Rocky road is originally an Australian invention. It’s a sliced candy made with milk chocolate and marshmallows, along with lots of colorful nuts and dried, candied fruits folded in.
Rocky road is a classic for giving as gifts during the holidays, but I think this candy also has a kind of summery feel to it with the white chocolate and all the colors. And aren’t we always looking for a great no-bake dessert for the sweltering months? Anyway you’ll want to get in some practice making it before the holidays roll around, so I think now is a good time to start.
Rocky road is a lot like chocolate bark
You just melt, stir and spread. That’s it. It’s one of the easiest candies to make at home. In this case, instead of spreading the chocolate on a baking sheet and breaking it into shards when it hardens, you spread it in a pan, so the resulting candy is thicker and can be sliced up in squares or bars.
white chocolate is tricky to melt
White chocolate is notoriously finicky. If you’re a novice candy maker you may want to use white confectionary, which comes in bar or wafer form. This type of candy is not technically chocolate, but is used in the same way, and is made to melt easily.
Make sure all your equipment is dry: any moisture can cause your chocolate to ‘seize”. Melt your chocolate in a double boiler, or in the microwave. If using the microwave do it in short bursts, stirring in between. You don’t want to over heat your chocolate.
Make this rocky road your own:
- Definitely use milk or semi sweet chocolate if you prefer a more traditional rocky road.
- Spread the chocolate onto a baking sheet in a thinner layer for a chocolate bark. Break or cut into pieces when it has hardened.
White Chocolate Rocky Road
- 1 lb white chocolate, finely chopped, or white chocolate confectionary melts
add-ins (2 cups total)
- pistachios, you can use almonds, macadamia, peanuts or walnuts as well
- dried cherries
- dried Turkish style apricots
- mini colored marshmallows
- jelly candies, like Turkish Delight, fruit gems, gummies, etc
- Line a square 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper. Cut the paper big enough so the edges overhang the pan; this will allow you to lift the chocolate out of the pan after it has hardened, and make it much easier to slice neatly.
- Gather your nuts and candy additions. Chop larger things like the apricots and the larger gummy candies. You can leave the cherries, pistachios and mini marshmallows whole.
- Put the chocolate in a clean, dry microwave safe bowl. If you are using bar chocolate, break it up in small pieces so it will melt quickly and evenly.
- Microwave the chocolate for 30 seconds. Remove and stir. Microwave for another 15 seconds. Remove and stir again. If the chocolate is not completely melted after stirring it for a moment, microwave it just a tiny bit more. The final small lumps of chocolate will melt as you stir.
- Mix in your nuts, fruit, marshmallows, and jelly candies. Make sure to break up the sticky gummy candy as you add it so it doesn’t clump together.
- Spread the mixture in your baking pan and smooth out evenly. Let sit at room temperature for about 3 to 4 hours, until hardened. You can also refrigerate it, but let it sit out a bit before slicing so it will be easier to cut.
- Lift the hardened candy out of the pan using the ‘sling’ of parchment paper. Slice your candy into small squares or bars with a sharp knife.
Questions and Reviews
This was so easy and the colors are so vibrant. Thx for the recipe.
It’s such a festive candy!
Just wanted to let you know that I am making this for Halloween and calling it “bits of Bob” thanx for the recipe
Lol, hope it goes over big!
Worked out beautifully..could not source dried cherries so used dried cranberries and flaked coconut on top…what a winner …..thank you…
You’re so welcome!
This was absolutely amazing, a big hit with the family!
just stop it with the beautiful food already! 🙂 this is positively stunning, sue. and tasty, to boot.
This has got to be the prettiest fudge I have ever seen!