Rocky Road Fudge


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This rocky road fudge features a rich and creamy chocolate fudge base studded with marshmallows, peanuts, and candy! It’s a foolproof 5 ingredient no bake dessert. 

rocky road fudge.

Fudge has to be one of the easiest and most delicious no bake desserts out there. 

It uses minimal ingredients and often takes less than 5 minutes to make. If you’ve tried our peanut butter fudge or 2 ingredient fudge, this rocky road version has to be next on your agenda! 

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • A no-bake fudge. This fudge recipe doesn’t call for flour and doesn’t require baking. 
  • Only 5 ingredients. Nobody likes a lengthy list of ingredients for such simple desserts as fudges. This rocky road-inspired fudge is made with five easy-to-find ingredients (for one better, try our 3 ingredient fudge!).
  • Perfect rocky road texture. Made with peanuts, marshmallows, and gummy candy, this rocky road fudge has the most amazing complex texture.
  • No breaking! Okay, so rocky road bars are infamous for being crumbly and breaking. Not fudge- it’s smooth and creamy and is so much softer.

If you’ve been looking for an easy and quick rocky road fudge recipe, give this one a try. It takes minimal time and effort to make but the results are scrumptious. 

Ingredients needed

  • Chocolate. As we’ll be combining this with condensed milk, I prefer to use darker chocolate. Semi-sweet or milk chocolate also works. 
  • Condensed milk. A must for any good fudge recipe. You can use coconut condensed milk if you’d like it to be dairy-free.  
  • Marshmallows. Mini marshmallows work best for this recipe. Use sugar-free marshmallows if you want. 
  • Peanuts. For that added crunch and texture. Swap it out for any nuts or seeds of choice.
  • Candy. Optional, but a classic rocky road always has some gummy candy in it! 

How to make rocky road fudge

  1. Melt the fudge base. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate and condensed milk. Microwave in 20-second increments until the chocolate is mostly melted. Whisk everything until smooth. 
  2. Add mix-ins. Fold through the marshmallow, peanuts, and candy. 
  3. Let it set. Transfer the rocky road fudge into a lined square pan and refrigerate for at least an hour to set.
  4. Slice and serve. Using a sharp knife, slice the fudge into bite-sized pieces. 
fudge rocky road.

Tips to make the best recipe

  • Chocolate over chocolate chips. While chocolate chips will melt, using chopped chocolate not only melts better, but has a higher % of cocoa solids which will yield a more creamy and rich fudge.
  • Let the mixture cool slightly. Once microwaved, let the condensed milk/chocolate mix cool slightly, to prevent the marshmallows from melting. 
  • Use mini marshmallows. Larger marshmallows don’t look as visually appealing and also clump together. Opt for mini marshmallows which disperse so much better, so every bite will include some!
  • Line the pan. Always line the pan so the rocky road can be easily removed.

Storage instructions

To store. Fudge will keep well at room temperature, covered, for up to two weeks. You can refrigerate it if you’d like it to keep longer.

To freeze. Place the fudge in a ziplock bag and store it in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Recommended tools to make this recipe

  • Chef’s knife. A good quality knife to slice the rocky road without it breaking apart.
  • Square pan. To let the rocky road fudge set in.
easy rocky road fudge.

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Frequently asked questions

Can I make this dairy free?

Yes! Swap out the condensed milk for coconut condensed milk and use dairy free chocolate.

Can I make this fudge without marshmallows or nuts?

Yes, you can. The fudge base is very forgiving, so add any mix-ins your like.

rocky road fudge recipe.

Rocky Road Fudge

5 from 8 votes
This rocky road fudge features a rich and creamy chocolate fudge base studded with marshmallows, peanuts, and candy! It's a foolproof 5 ingredient no bake dessert. 
Servings: 24 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 minute
Total: 6 minutes


  • 14 ounces condensed milk
  • 2 cups chocolate chopped
  • 1 cup peanuts Can sub for any dried fruits
  • 2 1/2 cups mini marshmallows to top
  • 1/2 cup gummy candy optional


  • Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl or stovetop, melt your chocolate with condensed milk. Whisk together until smooth. Let the mixture cool slightly.
  • Fold through the peanuts, marshmallows, and gummy candy.
  • Transfer the rocky road fudge mixture into the lined pan and refrigerate for at least an hour to set.
  • Once firm, use a sharp knife to slice into bite-sized pieces.


TO STORE. Fudge will keep well at room temperature, covered, for up to two weeks. You can refrigerate it if you’d like it to keep longer.
To FREEZE. Place the fudge in a ziplock bag and store it in the freezer for up to 6 months. 


Serving: 1servingCalories: 190kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSodium: 28mgPotassium: 107mgFiber: 2gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 44IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 54mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 25g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. Admit that you’re secretly thankful to have Nikki as your sister as she’s both inspiring stories for your posts and even recipes ;).
    Rocky road isn’t a classic or known at all over here but I’ve heard lots about it since entering the blog world. Your version with looks delicious though I’d go with Nikki’s initial idea and use dried raspberries. No cranberries for me.

  2. Love the cranberries addition to this one. That Niki…she knows what she’s talking about! You better listen to her more often. And great touch with the almonds, btw!

  3. I like rocky roach ice cream when it has marshmallow swirl instead of mini marshmallows. It’s like marshmallow fluff, and has a better consistency. Most of the sweet things I like are supposed to be sweet so it’s not really random. I have a thing for sweets that really stick to my teeth. It’s kind of gross, but they are desserts that if I don’t brush after, I will probably get a cavity. Luckily I usually eat dessert before I brush my teeth for the night so I haven’t had too much of a problem yet… 🙂

  4. Contrary to most kids, I’ve always been a cookie dough person! However, rocky road sounds delicious already–I’m such a chocoholic now! 😀 I can’t even believe these are sugar free!

  5. Ice Cream Soup?? OMG. Go away.
    LOVE the story, as I love all your sibling adventures. Switzerland is so boring in making exciting connoctions (#twss)…..but I got a chocolate from Laura in my stocking this christmas – milk chocolate with bacon and potato chips. Yup. I ate it all.

  6. Haha your Niki stories crack me up. Also, I love the salty/sweet connection, so this looks super tasty. Extra sea salt on top for me 😉

  7. Oh Niki you are a gem! Rocky road is amazing though – I love those glacé cherries in it, even though they are basically glazed in sugar – they are just so good!
    Been there with ice cream soup… Although I swear right now it’s so hot here that 2 Minsk after getting ice cream it’s like soup!