5 minute rocky road fudge

I wish every day could be Christmas. Easily my favorite time of year, despite the nasty weather we get in Iowa. I start listening to Nat King Cole and the Chipmunks holiday album arounnnnd… October.

Perhaps the best thing about Christmas is the memories you make with your family. It’s been a tradition for a while for my cousins and I to stay up as late as possible on Christmas Eve – playing video games, watching Muppet Christmas Carol and of course, eating my grandma’s delicious rocky road fudge.

The first scent to hit your nose will be the intensely enjoyable nutty smell from the peanuts and peanut butter. That, combined with the chocolate and butterscotch notes, sends me soaring back to Christmas – and my repeated trips to the fridge to pick up just one more square of this addicting fudge.

First, your teeth sink into the soft, yet dense, fudge. Then your tongue collides with a barrage of amazing textures and is finally carried away on a marshmallow cloud. The slightly salty and crunchy factor of the peanuts complete this perfect confection. It’s so incredibly satisfying. Even better, dare I say, than a Snickers – possibly the best candy bar ever made. And you can whip this up in five minutes!

Though this recipe takes me back to the middle of winter, on a Christmas eve, chatting about Harry Potter and licking our fingers…I really can’t imagine a better treat for summer. Taken right out of the fridge, it’s a delicious way to stay cool. And it’s a no-bake treat! You don’t need to turn on your oven, or even your stove top if you don’t want to.

Ready for the easiest chocolate treat you’ll ever make?

Rocky Road Fudge
Makes about 40 servings

12 oz. chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk)
12 oz. butterscotch chips
1 cup peanut butter
10 oz. marshmallows
10 oz. peanuts

Lightly grease a pizza pan or baking sheet. Combine baking chips and peanut butter in a medium-sized microwavable bowl. Microwave on high for 2 minutes and stir. Microwave for an additional minute or two if necessary. Mixture should be completely melted and easy to stir. Stir together. Add the peanuts and stir. Add marshmallows (I like a lot in mine, feel free to reduce if you want more chocolate) and stir together. Once everything is combined, pour into greased pan and spread out evenly. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to cool in refrigerator overnight. Cut and serve!

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