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A Year of Slow Cooking

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Rocky Road Candy in the CrockPot

Day 44.

psst. Tomorrow's Valentine's Day. I know, I can't believe it either. You still have time. Lots of time. In fact, you can make 4-5 whole entire batches of CrockPot Rocky Road Candy between now and tomorrow because it is so incredibly easy and it only takes 1 hr to do each batch.

Melting chocolate in the crockpot is fool-proof.

Unless you are truly a fool. Then you might be out of luck.

But for us ordinary folk who might be chocolate-melting impaired, nothing can beat melting chocolate in the crockpot.

The Ingredients:

--bag of chocolate chips
--bag of mini marshmallows
--bag of chopped walnuts
--Release foil

The Directions:

--pour whole bag of chocolate chips into stoneware
--turn on high, set timer for 30 minutes to check
--stir chocolate after 30 min, re-set timer 15-30 minutes as needed.

prepare two cookie sheets with Release foil.

when chocolate is all melty, stir in a bunch of marshmallows. I didn't measure how many I dumped in, but I like a lot of marshmallows. I used at least half the bag. Mix with a big spoon and add chopped walnuts (or whatever nuts you prefer).

Remove stoneware from heating element.

Use two spoons and drop mounds of chocolate-marshmallow-nut gooeyness onto the Release foil.

Place cookie sheets into the refrigerator to cool and harden.

Once cool, you can place the candy into those cute little cellophane bags and tie with a pretty ribbon.

Or you can fill your robe pockets and go eat them all in the closet.

Happy almost-Valentine's Day!
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Penguins13 said...

OMG! Those look caloriffic! Love Rocky Road anything. I would have never thought to melt chocolate in the CP. You are a slow cooking genius!!

Maria said...

oh man, I'm so going to try this!!! quick question - what is release foil? is that tin foil?

I made your apple oatmeal crockpot recipe yesterday for lunch and it was awesome! That one's going into my 'favorites' binder :-)

thanks :-)

Crockpot Lady said...

lol on the calories, penguin! If it isn't labeled, it doesn't count, right? ;-)

hi maria, Release is a brand name by Reynold's. It is a treated foil that won't let anything stick to it. If I didn't have that on hand, I'd try parchment paper. I have bad luck with wax paper and stuff sticking.

Melissa said...

Has anyone ever told you your a genius? And I just happen to have all of these things in my pantry!! Yippee!

Amie said...

Oh my. Now you are singing my tune!! Whoda thunk?

You have inspired me. I've cooked crockpot meals two days in a row now. It's so easy I can't stand it. And I LOVE smelling the yummy food cook all day! Yesterday I did navajo beef chile and today, pineapple chicken. (The chile was ok--too many onions for our taste, but it tasted similar to our favorite taco soup recipe. I'm sure the chicken will be fabulous--cooking it in pineapple, dijon mustard, soy sauce and some other yummy spices. Will return and report.) PS: you're awesome. =)

kelly said...

omg, i just made these w/almonds-you saved my marriage!

Marci Knecht said...

Yet another GENIOUS recipe. I'm currently cooking your "whole chicken" from last week.

You need to write a book. I'm telling you Stephanie, a Crockpot book with these recipes would sell a million copies.

~M said...

What a fabulous revelation about chocolate in the crockpot. And think about other permutations:

- adding a spoonful (or a few) or peanut butter to the mixture

- chocolate over almonds and dried cranberries, yumm! Maybe you could even make chocolate bark by pouring the melted chocolate over nuts, etc. in a lasagna-style dish

- forget the nuts and marshmallows and just dip fruit or gf pretzels into the crock fondue-style

Canadian Saver said...

This does sound awesome yep!!! I'm still stuck on the crème brûlée though!!!

Anonymous said...

HaHa that's me trying to pig all the chocolate down by myself.

The recipe looks quick and easy can't wait to try it.


Matt and Danielle Young said...

and i'm going to need a towel to clean up the drool off my floor. YUM!

*carrie* said...

My mouth is watering. What a great idea and yummy recipe--thanks for sharing!

jennwa said...

Wow that looks so good.

Amy said...

oh NO YOU DIDN't...oh sure did...

Trish said...

Damn I wish I'd have seen this earlier today! Have to try this one out...Thanks!

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

this sounds great and easy (my favorite kind of recipe). One question, you use milk chocolate chips, right?

Crockpot Lady said...

Hi Jerri,

these were terribly easy! I used semi-sweet chips, but milk chocolate would be great too. It's completely up to you.


Anonymous said...

WOW!! I am so going to make these with almonds, marshmellows and raisins!! Thank you!! I also must eat gluten free, and I love all your recipes!! I have made several of them!! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!


Dana Gwen said...

here's a similar recipe that everyone loves!

12 oz. bag of semi-sweet choc. chips
12 oz. bag of white choc. chips
1 package vanilla bark (broken in pieces)
1 lb. dry roasted peanuts (salted or unsalted)
1 lb. cashew pieces (salted)

dump it all in the crock. stir it up after an hour or so. when it's all melted together drop by rounded tablespoons onto wax paper or release foil and allow to cool.

i have packaged this in clear cellophane bags and sold it for bake sales. we have also put it in glass jars with decorative lids and given it to our neighbors at christmas. it's SO GOOD!

Dyane said...

I've made these twice this week with different ingredients and both times my marshmallows melted into the chocolate and didn't stay all pretty and marshmallowy (like yours in the picture) even when I tried to work more quickly. While they still TASTE delicious, they sure don't LOOK as lovely and giftable as yours. I could keep experimenting but since I am "forced" to eat my mistakes, that may not be my wisest move. Any advice?
Thanks from a new fan (-:

Crockpot Lady said...

Hi Dyane,

oh no! When you check after 30 minutes, give a stir. Even if the chocolate chips still have their shape, they might have begun to melt. If so, stir well, take off heat, and add marshmallows and nuts. Stir just to coat the marshmallows and nuts.

I hope this helps, some!

Hawaiianatheart said...

These look so yummy!!! Got me to wondering if you've tried rice krispie squares in the crock?

Also, have you considered going for year 2? Love your blog!!! Trying one of your recipes tonight!

Hannah said...

I made this for my husband and wound up eating half of it myself.

Since he doesn't like regular chocolate, I used a mixture of white chocolate and reese peanut butter chips.

Seriously addicting.

Oh, and here's a tip: parchment paper works fabulous for releasing candy.

Margie said...

I'm excited to try this... I think I am going to make it up and give it to the admins at work for Admin professional's day!

Aimster said...

Well, chocolates don't look as pretty as yours do but they are tasty. This is for the VD dinner I am making for my honey. It is also the second recipe from your blog in as many days. Love the Blog and your creativity. The Creme Brulle is next!

Anonymous said...

I think the secret to "pretty" chocolates is to get the crock out of the heating element immediately. I have one of those old fashioned ones that doesn't separate, so I scooped my chocolate mixture into a bowl right away and then added my marshmallows and nuts to it. They turned out exactly as advertised! LOVE THEM! Thanks bunches!

JulieL said...

I "needed" some chocolate earlier so I whipped up a batch of these. They were really easy to make and pretty tasty - but I might add a bit of peanut butter, or maybe a bit of vanilla to the melting chocolate next time.

Anonymous said...

Could you use chopped up larger marshmallows?
The minis are often very very hard and dry.
Thanks for any assistance.

Stephanie O'Dea said...

hi anon, absolutely! chopped up marshmallows would certainly work the same way.

Alaine @ My GF & DF Living said...

These look great! I know it's after Valentine's Day but I still want these!!

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