Gluten-Free Rocky Road Candy
Rocky Road Candy is one of my favorite sweets. Since it uses only a few ingredients and doesn’t take a lot of kitchen equipment, it’s also easy to make gluten-free rocky road candy without a lot of extra trouble.
Different kinds of chocolate may be used, like chocolate chips – semisweet or milk chocolate flavor — or Hershey’s milk chocolate bars or even a lower-sugar cacao bar, if you like. Just be sure that the chocolate is gluten-free. (You can check my Gluten-Free Food List for some gluten-free brands.) For this easy gluten-free recipe post I used Hershey’s milk chocolate chips.
The types of nuts that can be used are seemingly endless. My first choice, which is pecans, could just as easily be peanuts, almonds, walnuts, filberts or macadamias. Any of these will do the job, or your imagination can lead you to your own favorite nut to use. Be sure to check the package ingredients for the nuts you use for any kind of warning about possible cross-contamination from equipment that has also processed wheat or other gluten-y ingredients.
Miniature marshmallows are the easiest way to add the sweet and fluffy pillows to this recipe. I usually prefer the plain vanilla flavor but sometimes those flavored marshmallows can be fun in this. Most of the time marshmallows are gluten-free, but to be safe you need to check the ingredients list for any hint of gluten-containing ingredients.
Once the ingredients have been assembled, the next step is to prepare a pan. All this requires is some parchment cut to fit an 8×8-inch pan, or you can use foil that has been buttered or oiled generously. If you leave the parchment or foil longer on two ends, it will be easier to lift the candy out of the pan when it’s time to cut it.
With the pan prepared to spread the candy in, the rest of the cooking takes only a few minutes.
You can melt the chocolate in a microwave if you stop and stir it often, but most of the time I melt the chocolate over a pan of simmering water. A large metal or glass bowl set on the top of a pan of hot water works very well for this.
While it’s there I can stir the chocolate to hurry it along to melting. The chocolate chips started out like this.
Then, have the other ingredients ready.
When the chocolate is all melted and smooth, I stir the nuts and marshmallows right in.
Then the mixture is ready to quickly spread it all in the prepared pan.
Let it cool until it’s firm and ready to cut!
Gluten-Free Rocky Road Candy
- 12 – 14 Ounces of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 4 Ounces (about 1 Cup) Broken Pecan Pieces
- 3 Cups Miniature Marshmallows
Prepare an 8×8-inch pan by lining with parchment, or you can use foil that has been generously buttered or oiled.
Over a pan of simmering water, set a large metal or glass bowl. Put the chocolate in the bowl and stir often, until the chocolate is all melted and smooth.
Stir the nuts and marshmallows right into the chocolate.
Quickly spread it in the prepared pan.
Chill until set (an hour or more).
Remove from pan to a cutting board.
Cut into 1×1-1/2 inch pieces or 1×1-inch pieces.
Serves 48 – 64.
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