We have made it to day two in the 12 days of holiday baking and are going with an Easy Rocky Road Chocolate Bark. This is an easy recipe for a Rocky Road flavored chocolate bark made with rich chocolate and filled with marshmallows, graham crackers, and almonds. It’s just like Rocky Road ice cream only in bark form. If you missed yesterday’s recipe, it was an old classic called Special K Bars. These go great with your coffee in the morning. It’s almost like a bowl of cereal, covered with chocolate. Ok…maybe not… Just accept that it’s a piece of candy with your coffee and enjoy it guilt free.
"As we give presents at Christmas, we need to recognize that sharing our time and ourselves is such an important part of giving" - Gordon B Hinckley
Some Time At America's Test Kitchen
Last year at this time, I was in Boston freezing off my you know what, working at America’s Test Kitchen. It was not a permanent position with them, so I decided to rent a furnished studio basement apartment and keep all my belongings at home. My kitchen was almost nonexistent. I had a hot plate, microwave, bed, chair, and T.V. I didn't even have a car. It was definitely quite different than the lifestyle I had come from.
It was that experience that reminded me how wonderful it could be to share our time and ourselves. I didn’t have anything else to give. I also wasn’t used to the kitchen shutting down at 5:00pm. It had been 20 years since I was done working at 5:00pm on a daily basis. Wow, did I ever have time! I made some of the best friends there. It’s amazing what happens when we have time and share it with others. It seems in today’s world of electronics, we pretty much don’t need anyone, and there is almost no need to ever actually speak to someone. I can now just text them, email them, or Skype them. Wow how times have changed and it’s so easy to forget to share our time and ourselves.
It felt right to whip up a recipe from America’s Test Kitchen this year to share with others. So I pulled out a special interest publication from them on holiday baking. I’m a big fan of holiday barks. They had a nice rocky road bark. So I figured why not. Looks good and who doesn’t love chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows? This Rocky Road Chocolate Bark was so simple and is easy to give for holiday presents.
- Graham Crackers
- Unsalted Butter
- Brown sugar
- Milk Chocolate Chips
- Mini Marshmallows
- Pecans, Walnuts, or Almonds
How to Make Rocky Road Chocolate Bark
First, move your oven rack to the center position and preheat to 375°F. Line an 8 inch square baking pan with aluminum foil. Tuck in the foil to the corners and leave at least a one inch overhang of foil on the top of the pan. Line the bottom of the pan with graham crackers in a single layer. Break them up if needed to make them fully cover the bottom of the pan.
In a small saucepan on low heat combine butter, brown sugar, and salt. Stir constantly until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Pour the butter-sugar mixture onto the layer of graham crackers. Smooth with a small spatula to fully cover the crackers. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the caramel is bubbling.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle an even layer of chocolate chips. Place the pan back in the oven for 2 minutes to soften the chocolate. Remove from the oven and use a rubber spatula to smooth the chocolate into an even layer.
Next, sprinkle marshmallows and nuts over the chocolate. Lightly press with your fingertips to adhere the marshmallows and nuts to the chocolate. Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Then freeze for about 30 minutes until the chocolate hardens. When it’s ready, grab the foil overhang and lift the bark from the pan onto a cutting board. Use a knife to cut the bark into 2 inch squares. Layer pieces between sheets of waxed paper and store in an airtight container. You can refrigerate this bark for up to one week.
Next time I try this, I’ll fancy it up a bit. We made graham crackers a while back for a cheesecake. Those would be great for this bark. And we made a homemade marshmallow during Valentines and that would be great instead of the mass produced mini marshmallows that come in a bag. You could replace the freeze dried strawberries in that recipe with ground up peppermint candy for this recipe. If you don’t have almonds you can replace with pecans, walnuts, or even peanuts.
Rocky Road Chocolate Bark Tips
- Keep this Rocky Road Chocolate Bark stored in the refrigerator.
- Traditional rocky road used almonds. This is what I prefer but you could use any other kind of nut that you like. Walnuts, peanuts, or pistachios would all be nice.
- Ghirardelli or Guittard make a nice chocolate chip for this recipe. If you have nicer chocolate bars at home, you could also use those and just cut them up.
I hope you enjoy the bark, and don't forget to save some for yourself.
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America's Test Kitchen - Rocky Road Chocolate Bark
America's Test Kitchen - Rocky Road Bark
- 6 whole graham crackers
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon table salt
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- ¾ cup mini marshmallows
- ½ cup chopped pecans, walnuts, or almonds
- Adjust oven rack to center position and heat oven to 375°F.
- Line 8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, making sure the foil is tucked into all corners and that at least 1 inch of foil overhangs top of pans on all sides.
- Line bottom of pan with graham crackers in a single layer, breaking them if necessary to fit tightly.
- Combine butter, brown sugar, and salt in small saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until butter is melted and sugar has dissolved.
- Scrape butter-sugar mixture onto graham crackers and smooth with small rubber spatula to cover crackers. Bake until caramel is bubbling. 10-12 minutes.
- Remove pan from oven, sprinkle evenly with chocolate chips, and return to oven to soften chocolate, 2 minutes. Remove pan from oven and, using rubber spatula, smooth chocolate into even layer.
- Sprinkle marshmallows and then nuts over chocolate. Press lightly with fingertips to adhere marshmallows and nuts to chocolate.
- Cool on wire rack 30 minutes, then freeze until chocolate hardens, about 30 minutes.
- Grabbing foil overhang, lift from pan onto cutting board and use knife to cut bark into 2-inch squares.
- Layer pieces between sheets of waxed paper in airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
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I love this recipe too - so simple, but very sweet and rich. Just fantastic bark!
Thanks so much!
This looks delicious and will be a much loved treat this week! I'll be gifting it as a New Years treat to neighbors!
Molly Kumar says
The bars look so yum and easy to make too. They make a perfect Christmas gift idea or even keeping some with cookies and milk 🙂
I know what you mean, I have definitely kept a few of these for cookies and milk 🙂
Cindy Ingalls says
I'm usually a traditional peppermint bark girl, but I love trying new recipes, especially ones that look as good at this. Also, I'm a sucker for chocolate and marshmallows.
HilLesha O'Nan says
This looks so delicious! I have never made my own bark, but I'll definitely try this recipe sometime.
Enjoy! Thanks so much
Melissa Chapman says
I love America's Test Kitchen they give such great step by step recipes. I love this bark for the holidays. I will keep this recipe for holiday visits and parties.
This look SO good! I have some marshmallows in the cabinet that need a good recipe. This might just be the one!
Thanks! They are super simple! Give those marshmallows a new home!
Maria Katsulos says
Oh my goodness. These look DIVINE. My dad is a huge fan of Rocky Road ice cream, and add that to the fact that he's super hard to shop for...might have found a Christmas present if I can scrape together the time to whip these up!! Thanks for the recipe 🙂
They definitely make a great gift. Enjoy 🙂
Krystal Butherus says
So many varieties of bark being rolled out this year, it makes my head spin and makes me so excited to try! I would definitely love to make this!
Laura @ MommyDearest says
The 12 days have been great. I have got some really great recipes I can't wait to try out. It's so cool that you got to work at America's Test Kitchen. It's amazing when you have extra time the things you can do and the connections you can make with people.
Thanks so much! It was a great experience at ATK. I learned so much 🙂
I love this 12 days of Christmas series...everything looks so just incredible. Your words are equally sweet. I'm savoring every bite, both the words and the food! <3
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
Love this bark recipe!! And I love America's Test Kitchen!!! That's so cool!!! I work with them from time to time on my blog and really love what they are doing for home cooks and foodies everywhere. . and love that you made lasting friendships there. . they seem solid! Love ATK!
Thanks Alice! I really enjoyed my time there, and I learned so much from them.