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Fudgy rocky road bars

My husband and I had some (fun, sweet, awesome) friends over the other night. We ate dinner outside, played the Wii (my husband has mad hula-hooping skills), acted silly and thoroughly enjoyed each other's company. I wish every Tuesday night was that much fun!

We had figured out the menu for the evening ahead of time, drinks included, but I had to come up with an easy dessert at the last minute. You can't have good friends over and not enjoy a dessert together, right? I threw these fudgy rocky road bars together, and they were delicious! They tasted perfect after chicken and potatoes and a mai tai. Or two.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish with graham crackers, breaking them to fit if necessary.

Bake in the preheated oven until the crackers are lightly toasted and fragrant, about 8 minutes. By the way, have you ever baked graham crackers in the oven? I urge you to make this recipe for the sole purpose of doing this. "Fragrant" does not adequately describe the scent that floated from my oven. I found myself wanting to eat my oven and the air surrounding it.

Sprinkle the deliciously-fragrant baked graham crackers with 1 1/2 cups toasted and coarsely chopped almonds.

Top that with a few big dollups of marshmallow topping (1 cup total).

In a small saucepan, combine:

1 bag (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

Cook over low heat, stirring often, until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth.

Pour the chocolate over the marshmallow topping. Swirl together with a thin-bladed knife.

Refrigerate for about 1 hour, or until your guests are ready to consume dessert.

Cut into squares and serve! Eat! Enjoy! Yum!

Fudgy Rocky Road Bars

This is a totally delicious snack and ready in 25 minutes! (source: Food Everyday: Martha Stewart)

Serves: 18

Total time: 25 min, plus chilling

Fudgy Rocky Road Bars


  • 8 graham crackers
  • 1 1/2 cups almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup marshmallow topping
  • 12-oz. bag semisweet chocolate chips
  • 14-oz. can condensed milk
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line bottom of a 9x13 baking dish with graham crackers, breaking them to fit if necessary. Bake until crackers are lightly toasted and fragrant, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle with almonds and dollop with marshmallow topping.
  2. In a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a pan of simmering water, combine chocolate chips and condensed milk. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Pour chocolate mixture over marshmallow topping; working quickly, swirl together with a thin-bladed knife. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour. Cut into 18 squares. Refrigerate, tightly wrapped in plastic, up to 2 days.



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Reader Comments (20)

Genius! Love how easy it is to make.

07.8.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarisa

Hey, today is "National Chocolate with Almonds Day" so your time is perfect with this recipe!

These are destined to be featured in Sunday's BBQ!

07.8.2011 | Unregistered CommenterParsley Sage

Delish! I'd love me some of these!

I can't believe how yummy these look and how easy they were to throw together. I may have to make them for my dad he's a huge rocky road fan.

07.8.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusie

These look so good. The marshmallow is calling my name through those photos. Perfect for a fun night like you had with your friends!

I like your entertaining style. Nice and easy. Husband doing silly hula hoop stunts is certainly a key to entertaining success. Lovely rocky road bars. Must hula hoop after eating that.

07.8.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdora's Box

Nothing like a delicious dessert with friends and family-the added bonus is that you do not have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I like each and every layer of these bars-Yum. This recipe is a keeper.

07.8.2011 | Unregistered Commentertina@flourtrader

Wowza! Those look incredible! Love this recipe!

07.8.2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Farmers Wife

These bars look so wonderful! I love the rocky road combination of the crunchy nuts, smooth chocolate and sweet marshmallows placed on graham crackers! It is like a smore you can just enjoy! No need to make a fire :)!

07.8.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Wow...these look so decadent for something so easy to whip up. Down here in Texas, pecans would be a popular sub for the almonds. Pinning this one to make for the next work potluck!!!

Be still my heart!!! those bars look amazingly delicious!! Wow, all those wonderful ingredients coming together in a symphony of flavors.....what I wouldn't give for a few right now to enjoy with a big glass of milk!

07.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterChef Dennis

That looks so so good.

07.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

There should always be dessert. :) What a great last minute creation. I would nom away happily.

07.11.2011 | Unregistered Commenterbriarrose

Well, these look terrific :) I just made them. But my graham crackers didn't stick to the rest of the stuff. I am assuming I used to many almonds, but I did measure them out. They are still edible, but not near as good without the graham cracker crust :(

07.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCandace

Ooooh, this looks so kid-friendly! I'm curious about whether your top layer stuck to the graham crackers or not too. Maybe using less almonds solves that so the chocolate mixture can ooze down?

I didn't have a problem with the graham crackers sticking and I used the amount of almonds stated in the recipe. And I can vouch for the kid-friendliness of these! :)


07.13.2011 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

Sounds like a great night with friends! These bars look wonderful! Chocolate, graham crackers, what is not to love!

Oh. My. Gosh.
These look absolutely divine! I think these will be making their way into my kitchen (and stomach) rather quickly.

Thanks for inspiring a teen cook to keep on cooking!

09.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

OMG, this looks amazing. These different textures look so very sensual!

09.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoss

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