Melissa Elsmo

First made popular during the Great Depression, Rocky Road is popular ice cream flavor to this very day. The timeless combination boasts chocolate ice cream studded with whole peanuts and marshmallows. My mom deviated from ice cream tradition by making Rocky Road bars as a family treat. These decadent bars come together in mere minutes and best of all there is no need to turn on the oven on a hot day.

Enjoy this sweet treat!

Super Simple Rocky Road Bars (serves 24)


  • 12 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (16-ounce) bag mini marshmallows
  • 2 Cups dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 Cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 Cup broken pretzels (optional)


Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper. Melt the chocolate and butter together over a double boiler, stirring frequently, until smooth. Remove the chocolate mixture from the heat and stir in the sweetened condensed milk. Fold in the marshmallows, peanuts, butterscotch chips, and pretzels. Turn the rocky road mixture out into the prepared pan and press down gently. Refrigerate until firm before cutting into squares and serving.

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