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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  • December 23, 2013

    Smoked almonds!!!!! YUM!

  • December 23, 2013

    Oh man, this looks so good. Rocky road is HUGE in Australia… I should make this.

  • December 23, 2013

    My favorite. Rocky Road is the best.

  • December 23, 2013

    Rocky road is such a wicked flavour! These little bites look fab!

  • December 23, 2013

    Oh good grief. I have already eaten far too many holiday treats and the actual holiday hasn’t even happened yet. And this looks so good, Tracy!

  • December 23, 2013

    I don’t usually mix sweet and salty when it comes to treats (well besides chocolate covered peanuts) but these look very yummy! :-)

    • Tracy
      December 23, 2013

      You should try it!

  • December 23, 2013

    Making this!!! I am alll about the almonds too. :) PS Love your trick of clipping the wax paper to the pan…I usually use tape, but those clips would work soooo much better!

  • December 23, 2013

    I’M COMING OVERRRR

  • December 23, 2013

    You are a whiz at holiday candies this season! This looks amazing – love the condensed milk!

  • December 23, 2013

    Smoked almonds are genius! Definitely putting this on my list for next year.

  • December 23, 2013

    Calorie allocation is such a big deal, you burn calories just THINKING about where to devote your time/mouth. Off to check out that coffee cake but love what you’ve done with the almonds – so good. My mind always goes to what I can fold through ice-cream. This!
    x

  • December 23, 2013

    Oh… my… WORD. The smoked almonds is what’s making it for me…

  • December 23, 2013

    Tracy, this looks delicious! And so easy too! Salty & sweet is my weakness! Your recipes are always awesome!

  • December 24, 2013

    I made something like this 2 years ago using a Nigella recipe. How did I forget about them?! Maybe as a New Year’s gift thingy them. Or Chinese New Year. Cos there’s no way I can get this ready for tomorrow. Haha!

  • December 24, 2013

    guuuuuuuuurl! heck yes. I’m spending the entire month of December at your house next year! Get ready for me :)

  • fusilliamy
    December 24, 2013

    You had me at pillow puffs!

  • Sarah
    December 24, 2013

    Just made it. And though it got a little messy, can’t say I hated the licking-chocolate-off-my-hands part one bit. ;D So yummy!

  • December 24, 2013

    These look so so good, since I leapt on the salty/sweet train I’ve not looked back once. I feel like I need to make these with pistachio and almond! (not smoked though – I just can’t deal with the smokiness – although these look apt to sway me). Have a wonderful Christmas.

  • Brigette
    December 28, 2013

    I tried the recipe and it turned out really good!! Could not stop licking my fingers hehe!!

  • December 30, 2013

    I just returned from spending Christmas abroad and am doing some baking finally for New Years and I will be adding this to my list of things to make! Looks delicious and so easy!

  • December 30, 2013

    This is totally how my Mom makes fudge — except she uses peanut butter and butterscotch chips instead of chocolate and almonds!

  • January 12, 2014

    I know the holidays are over now, but that’s not going to stop me….this fudge looks amazing, and I don’t even like fudge!

  • Karen W
    December 20, 2014

    So I made these today. …and now I can’t stop eating them. I really don’t like fudge but these are delicious. I might have to go gift these tonight or they will be gone by 10 pm. :)

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