Slow Cooker Rocky Road Candy

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    This slow cooker rocky road candy is super easy to make and only takes 5 ingredients! Absolutely no cooking or baking required. Perfect for when you need a last minute holiday treat!

    When I think of Christmas candy, I always think of this delicious rocky road! It’s full of delicious flavors and is one of my favorites. I also love Christmas crack toffee, peppermint bark and maple peanut brittle.

    rocky road candy on baking sheet

    I’m absolutely in love with this rocky road recipe! It’s made in the crockpot, requires only 5 ingredients and tastes amazing. What more could you ask for?! It’s one of my go-to recipes when I need to quickly make a holiday dessert. And it tastes so delicious that no one will know how easy it was to whip up. It has the perfect ratio of sweet and salty. Just one bite and you’ll be hooked!

    ingredients for rocky road candy in crockpot

    5 simple ingredients

    Combine the ingredients in the slow cooker and it does all the work for you. Seriously, this rocky road candy is one of the easiest treats you’ll make all season!

    • Chocolate chips: Semi-sweet taste best in my opinion.
    • Dark chocolate chunks: This adds another layer of rich chocolate flavor.
    • Peanut butter: The creamy type works best (not the natural, drippy kind).
    • Peanuts: The saltiness of the peanuts perfectly balances out the sweet chocolate flavor. They also give it a nice crunch.
    • Marshmallows: I love the texture these add. You stir them in once the chocolate has cooled a bit so that they keep their shape and don’t melt.

    mixing marshmallows into rocky road candy in crockpot

    How to make rocky road candy in crockpot

    1. COMBINE. Add all ingredients except marshmallows in crockpot.
    2. COOK. Cover and cook for 1 hour. Remove lid and stir until smooth.
    3. MIX. Turn crockpot off and let chocolate mixture cool (for about 2 minutes). Then add marshmallows and mix.
    4. SCOOP. Immediately place rounded spoonful’s of the candy onto a lined cookie sheet. Top with chopped peanuts and extra marshmallows. Allow to cool before serving.

    close up of rocky road candy

    Tips + variations

    • You can omit the chocolate chunks and use 1 3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips if desired.
    • You can replace the peanuts with other types of nuts like almonds or pecans.
    • Make sure the chocolate mixture has cooled a bit before mixing in the marshmallows (or else they will melt).
    • To speed up the cooling process, place the candy in the refrigerator to chill until firm.

    Storing and freezing

    • To store: Rocky road will last about 1-2 weeks stored at room temperature, or about 3 weeks in the fridge. I prefer to chill mine in the fridge because it keeps the candy firm and it tastes delicious when chilled.
    • To freeze: Make sure it has cooled completely and firmed up prior to freezing. Then wrap clusters in plastic wrap and place in an airtight container. It should last a couple of months in the freezer. To thaw, place in the fridge overnight. I sometimes even snack on the rocky road right out of the freezer. I let it sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before eating. It’s still a little tough, but I think it’s yummy that way. :) If you’d prefer your rocky road on the softer side, then stick with the overnight method.

    rocky road candy with bite taken out

    The perfect holiday gift!

    Looking for a fun gift to give? Place a piece of parchment paper in a basket and place the rocky road inside. Then tie with some bakers twine and a holiday tag. So fun, festive and delicious!
    rocky road candy gift box with christmas tag

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    rocky road candy on a baking sheet with wax paper

    Slow Cooker Rocky Road Candy

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: rocky road candy
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 1 hour
    Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
    Servings: 12
    Calories: 204
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    This slow cooker rocky road candy is super easy to make and only takes 5 ingredients! Absolutely no cooking or baking required. Perfect for when you need a last minute holiday treat!


    • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chunks
    • 1/2 cup salted peanuts
    • 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
    • 1 cup mini marshmallows


    • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
    • Combine the chocolate, peanuts and peanut butter into a slow cooker.
    • Cover and cook on low for 1 hour. Remove lid and stir until smooth. Turn off the slow cooker and allow chocolate to cool for 2 minutes and then stir in marshmallows.
    • Immediately place rounded spoonful's onto the lined cookie sheet. Top with extra marshmallows and chopped peanuts if desired.
    • Allow to cool, or place in the refrigerator to speed the process.



    You can omit the chocolate chunks and use 1 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips if desired.


    Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1.8mg
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