Rocky Road candy is the simplest of all holiday candies! It uses only three ingredients, doesn’t need a candy thermometer, and the best part is that it leaves a big impression!
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Childhood, like the holiday season, should be filled with magic and wonder. My mom was pretty good at making sure my brothers and I had some of that while I was growing up. Whether it came from dancing in the kitchen together, or her teaching us how to cook, or when she would whisper sweet nothings in our ear, she made sure we felt the magic of her love.
One of my favorite memories came in December when I was 8 or 9-years-old. Mom was preparing to host my dad’s family holiday gathering. The air was filled with my parent’s excited energy…the Christmas tree was bought and decorated before Christmas Eve (a Christmas miracle in our family), cookies were baked, food was prepared, and the house was cleaned from top to bottom. One night, the air calmed, and my mom made the simplest of holiday candies: rocky road.
I watched her as she slowly melted the chocolate, stirring methodically as she talked me through her process….
First, you prepare a pan. To make it easier to pop the candy out of the pan, you line it with parchment paper. Now, add a layer of mini marshmallows and some chopped walnuts to the bottom of the lined pan.
Next, you melt the chocolate. It’s easiest to do this in a double boiler, but if you don’t have one, all you need to do is put water in the bottom of a saucepan, and then place a large metal bowl over it. You put the chocolate in the big bowl and heat the water below on the stovetop. You’ll want to stir it while it is melting, but this method will let you melt the chocolate without burning it.
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Once the chocolate is melted, you pour half of it over the marshmallows and walnuts. Then, you add another layer of marshmallows and walnuts and finish it off with the rest of the melted chocolate.
Now, it needs to cool overnight. In the morning, you’ll chop it into squares and it will be ready to serve! If you need to speed up the cooling process, you can put it in the fridge for a little while.
Of course, she also told me stories of her mom teaching her to cook, and how she remembered her grandma in the kitchen whipping up some of her old favorites. These are the memories that are worth reliving. The ones that remind us of how lucky we are (or in my family’s case were) to have special moments with the people who matter. My mom gave me the best gift of all: her time.
- 20 oz dark chocolate chips
- 4 cups of marshmallows
- 1 cup of chopped walnuts
- Layer the marshmallows and walnuts into a parchment lined 8x8 baking pan.
- Using a double boiler method, melt the chocolate chips and evenly cover the marshmallows and walnuts with it.
- Let cool.
- Once it is cool, chop it into squares and serve.