Old Fashioned Walnut Rocky Road

We recently saw a box of this at Williams-Sonoma for a whopping 18 dollars a box. Ours tastes just the same, and costs less half to make.

You can make Rocky Road candy easily at home with this simple copycat recipe.

Old Fashioned Walnut Rocky Road is a chocolate candy made more delicious with nuts and marshmallows – all the ingredients to satisfy your sweet tooth and perfect for gift giving. We recently saw a box of these cookies at Williams-Sonoma for a whopping $18 a box. You don’t have to spend that much – our cookies taste just the same, and cost less than half to make.

Where was the Original Rocky Road? – Australia?

The origin of this cookie has been debated, but the earliest mentionof it seems to have been in 1853 during the Australian gold rush. Rocky Road was said to have been created as a way to sell confectionery that had gone off during the long voyage from Europe. Once on dry land in Australia, the spoiled cookies were mixed with cheap chocolate and locally-grown nuts to disguise the less than tasty flavor. According to this tale, the name came from the rocky road that the gold prospectors had to take to reach the Australian goldfields.

Or, America?

According to this story, Rocky Road Ice Cream was first concocted in 1929 by William Dreyer in California. He made use of some sewing scissors belonging to his wife to cut up some marshmallows and walnuts and add them to chocolate ice cream. In fact, what he was doing was copying his partner Joseph Edy’s candy creation. Following the 1929 stock market crash, the two men called the flavor Rocky Road – “To give folks something to smile about in the midst of the Great Depression.” To add to the Rocky Road story mix, Dreyer may have stolen the idea from a friend, George Farren of Fenton’s Creamery. Fenton’s Creamery is still around today.

My Rocky Road Recipe

If you need a quick batch of cookies, this Rocky Road recipe doesn’t require any baking in your oven. You do have to melt the chocolate, but it’s quick to make, and you can always have a batch on hand to offer to friends when they pop over. The problem will be keeping your family’s fingers away from it long enough so that there’s some left to serve to guests! I know my pan gets devoured very quickly and my family members are always waiting for a refill. With its chocolatey base, the fluffiness of the marshmallows, and the crunchiness of the walnuts, this is an irresistible concoction. And, it’s definitely not a rocky road to make!

Make Rocky Road Candy at home with this easy copycat recipe.

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You can make Rocky Road candy easily at home with this simple copycat recipe.

Old Fashioned Walnut Rocky Road

You are going to love this easy to make Rocky Road.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Rocky Road
Servings: 16
Calories: 206kcal


  • 20 ounces chocolate
  • 15 large Marshmallows quartered
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • Lightly spray baking pan with none stick spray. Layer bottom of pan with one third of the melted chocolate. Line pan with marshmallows and pour nuts on top. Melt chocolate and pour on top of marshmallows and nuts. Gently spread chocolate over marshmallows and nuts. Let set at room temperature. Easy and Oh so Good!!


Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1.1mg
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About Stephanie

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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