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December 22, 2013

Salted Rocky Road Fudge

Rocky road is hands down one of my favorite ice cream flavors. It's not the chocolate or the marshmallows I crave. Nope. For me, it's all about the toasted almonds. They seal the deal. Every year my mom makes a batch of Rocky Road Fudge and her famous coffee cake for Christmas dessert. I generally allocate my calories towards the coffee cake because HELLO. It's COFFEE CAKE. Who can resist? This means I usually pass on the Rocky Road. Sad face.

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This year I (forcefully) stepped in and volunteered to make her Rocky Road recipe. But I'm doing something I've always dreamed of doing....swapping the raw cashews of my mom's traditional recipe with SMOKED ALMONDS.

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It adds the perfect amount of salt to balance the sweetness of the chocolate. Before I'd only have one piece of fudge--if that. Now? I'm like 4 pieces in...willing myself to walk away. It's the almonds! They add incredible depth because their roasted & smoked. You get the creamyness of the fudge, the pillow puffs of marshmallows with delightful crunches of almonds. Watch out coffee cake, there's a new guy in town. I can't wait to see what my family thinks.

And we're off. Another SUPER EASY recipe. You should be able to pull these off in no time if you're looking for a last minute treat.

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Add the chocolate, butter & sweetened condensed milk to a heat resistant glass bowl.

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Put the bowl over a pot filled with simmering water. Instant double boiler! Stir until melted.

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Mix the marshmallows and smoked almonds together in a big bowl. Line a 13 x 9 baking pan with waxed paper.

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Chocolate is melted.

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Mix mix mix.

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Now we are ready to transfer.

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Spread evenly in the pan.

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Pop in the fridge and cool for 2 hours. Now we cut!

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Make squares.

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Take a few samples for yourself.

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Cut up the squares. Wrap them up or keep them in the fridge/freezer if you wish!

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I bet you just can't stop at one.

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You're gonna want at least 5. Trust.

Salted Rocky Road Fudge

makes about 50 pieces

  • 1-12 oz package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 -14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups smoked almonds
  • 1-10 1/2 package miniature marshmallows

In a double boiler, melt chocolate, condensed milk and butter; remove from heat. In large bowl, combine almonds and marshmallows. Fold in chocolate mixture. Spread rocky road in a waxed paper lined 13 x 9 inch pan. Chill for at least 2 hours (or until firm. Remove from pan, pell off wax paper, cut into squares. Cover and serve at room temperature.

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