11.27.2013

rocky road fudge

If I’m going to be completely honest, I don’t really like marshmallows. I never have. Unless they’re roasted and gooey, sandwiched between two graham crackers with a melted chocolate bar on top, I’m not a big fan. I also am not a huge fudge person – so much fudge I’ve had is thick, dense, and way too sweet. But this recipe – for homemade rocky road fudge – changed my life.
Last Christmas Eve, while celebrating with my husband’s extended family, I couldn’t help but stare into a holiday tin filled with bumpy chocolate squares. I asked what it was and I was told it was rocky road fudge. Knowing my feelings toward both fudge and marshmallows, I wasn’t incredibly interested. My husband encouraged me to try a piece. Let’s just say, I think I had consumed 6 of those little bumpy squares by the time the night was over.
This recipe is a family one passed down from Dustin’s Great Aunt. In the Hoffstrom family, it is made exclusively at Christmastime. In our family, I make it year round. I also should mention that I’m passionate about peanuts…especially Spanish peanuts. This fudge is so light and airy, you won’t even feel guilty devouring it. I will include Aunt Mabel’s original recipe and also note how I modify it to amp up the peanuts.
Aunt Mabel’s Rocky Road Fudge
Ingredients:
1 package chocolate chips (I use Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate chips)
1 package butterscotch chips
3 cups mini marshamallows (I drop it down to 2 cups)
1 cup Spanish peanuts (I double it to 2 cups)
1 cup creamy peanut butter
Directions:
In a double boiler on the stovetop, melt chocolate chips, butterscotch chips & peanut butter. Transfer to large bowl and mix in mini marshmallows and peanuts.
Pour into a greased 9x13 pan (I line mine with parchment paper).
Let set up in fridge for 2-3 hours or until firm. In the fall and winter, I store mine covered on the kitchen counter at room temperature because I don’t like them to be too firm, but in the summer they should be refrigerated or you’ll end up with a melty pile of mallows. Cut into small squares and enjoy. 
P.S. Here’s a sneak peek of the family photos we recently had done with Sophisticated Grace Photography.
Seriously, could Olivia get any cuter?
Happy Wednesday!

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