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Just like you used to get from the store

Just like you used to get from the store

Photo courtesy Judy Schweitzer

Easy Rocky Road Candy  

A special treat that’s fondly remembered by my family is one of homemade candy. For your family or when packaged in a gift bag or basket for an impressive gift, especially if you include a recipe card with ingredients and directions. Candy can also be made fairly cheaply if you buy the ingredients in bulk. The cost will then stay low, enabling you to gift many people with these delicious candies.

I’ve given you the recipe for this Easy Rocky Road Candy below and you’ll love the ease of making it. There’s no candy thermometer involved, no long cooking session, but simplicity itself. Yet it’s just as delicious as those Rocky Road candy bars you used to get at the store.

Homemade Candy For A Gift

Giving a homemade gift is really a great thing to do, and is so appreciated because the recipient knows you took the time to make it for them. Food gifts are particularly appreciated, especially at holiday time. When you gift someone with your homemade candy, why not also gift them with the recipe? That way if they like it they can make it themselves, and quite possibly you’ll start a trend for gifting homemade goodies by others. Here are some recipe cards I’ve found decorative and helpful, but you can find others at this same location on Amazon.


Meadowsweet Kitchens Recipe Card Set – Ladybug

If it’s Christmas or holiday time, why not use a holiday themed recipe card like this to accompany the candy?

C.R. Gibson Christmas Recipe Cards by Jessie Steele, Jingle All The Way, 4 by 6-Inch

A Word of Caution

Be sure to check first to make sure the person who will be the recipient of this candy is not allergic to nuts. If they are, omit the nuts. Food allergies are dangerous and can be potentially life threatening.

Yummy stuff! I used to love Rocky Road Candy Bars I got at the store when I was a kid. Now I can make my own!! Each piece of Rocky Road should be wrapped individually. There is no need to refrigerate, room temperature will do just fine. I also love how making candy at home draws the family together. It becomes a family affair with each person delegated to do a different part of the chore. In years to come your kids and even Grandpa or Grandma will fondly remember making candy with the family as a fun, enjoyable event. So here’s the recipe and I hope you make and enjoy it!

Easy Rocky Road Candy

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 16 2-inch squares


  • 2 cups Semi-sweet chocolate chips, (12-ounce package)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 Tablespoons shortening
  • 6 cups miniature marshmallows, 10 & 1/2 ounce bag)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts, any kind you like


  1. Place chocolate chips, butter and shortening in a large micro-wave proof bowl.
  2. Microwave at medium for 3 to 4 minutes, stir, replace and microwave 2 more minutes or until chips are softened and mixtureis melted and smooth when stirred.
  3. Add marshmallows and nuts and blend well.
  4. Spread evenly in buttered 8-inch square pan. Cover, chill until firm and cut into 2-inch square pieces.

That’s all you need to do to make it. Now, here’s another nice thing about gifting homemade candy; you can send it through the mail without much worry about it spoiling, even chocolate does well, especially in the cold months. And it doesn’t weigh a ton, costing you more postage.