Rocky Road BarsMonday, May 9, 2011 171 Comments Tweet
Rocky Road Bars are miraculous in their simplicity. They happen with only 5 ingredients in only 5 minutes. You probably want to tie your apron strings while you continue reading..
Something magical happens when chocolate and peanut butter, crunchy and creamy, salty and sweet come together. It hits all the spots, satisfies every craving.
Make no mistake, the humble rocky road bar is not entering any beauty contests. It is a beautiful mess though, don’t you think? As will you be if you don’t prepare yourself with an adequate napkin supply. The rocky road bar is best eaten alone, with enthusiasm and wild abandon. Then a mirror should be used before departing your accomdations. As I learned when I returned from grocery shopping to find chocolate on my cheek AND chin. I thought the produce guy was extra smiley… guess it wasn’t my cuteness in knee-high rubber boots (not raining), lulu pants (not running) and old hoodie (also with chocolate on it, incidentally).
So here’s what you do. You melt chocolate, and you stir in peanut butter. Then you stir the melty mess into a bowl of marshmallows and other delights. I use pretzels and peanuts. Feel free to be adventurous. (I’m thinkin’ smarties, crunchy cereal, swap the peanutiness for almond butter & toasted almonds, or nutella and hazelnuts…)
Then you pop the mess into the fridge and exercise patience. I’m glad the fridge doesn’t have a viewing window like the oven. I would have been glued to it for the entire waiting period.
The rocky road bar brings back serious childhood memories. It was my neighbour’s mom who loved to make them. Sticky, gooey, sweet, chocolaty. They were rapturous. No, it wasn’t just the pool that drew the neighbourhood kids over to her house.
In other words, all you need is eat ice cream, press “start” on your webcam, and share your sparkling personality for less than 60 seconds to land yourself in the lap of luxury. 1, 2, 3 – GO! And when you win, remember who gently nudged you to enter… especially when it comes to choosing which friend you’re
- 1½ cups chocolate chips
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1½ cups pretzels
- 4 cups mini marshmallows
- 1 cup roasted and salted peanuts
- Prepare an 8 x 8-inch baking dish by lining it with parchment paper, leaving an overhang. Place chocolate chips is a microwave safe bowl or glass measuring cup. Microwave on medium (50% power) for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir to melt (the chips may only be half melted – stirring them will melt the rest). Stir in the peanut butter. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, combine pretzels, marshmallows and peanuts. Pour chocolate mixture over top and stir to combine. Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish, using a spatula to press it in and smooth out the top. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour. Store in refrigerator.