Rocky road candy is a sweet, chocolatey treat that’s easy to make at home. All you need are some marshmallows, chocolate, and nuts – and you’re good to go!

This tasty twist on the traditional ice cream flavor is made in the microwave in 5 minutes and prepared as candy clusters instead of frozen scoops. This quick and easy no-bake candy recipe requires only 5 ingredients and makes a big batch of homemade candy that you can sink your teeth into!

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Homemade Rocky Road Candy Clusters

Our Rocky Road Candy Clusters are so easy to make simply by melting chocolate chips in the microwave and mixing in mini marshmallows and peanuts.

This is the best Rocky Road recipe ever because you literally melt, mix, and make mounds of homemade peanut marshmallow candy.

This is the best way to cook candy because it doesn’t require a thermometer or any special equipment.

The combination of smooth chocolate, chewy marshmallows, and crunchy peanuts is the perfect blend of flavors and textures; ideal for gift-giving and easy to dress up with decorative colors for Christmas or trays of holiday treats.

Why We Love Homemade Rocky Road Candy

  • Quick and easy to make in 5 minutes.
  • Only uses 5 ingredients.
  • Chewy, crunchy, salty, and sweet in every bite.
  • Customize your chocolate marshmallow clusters to exclude nuts, dairy, or other allergy-specific foods.
  • A delicious double dose of chocolate coats the crunchy peanuts and soft marshmallows.
  • Perfect sweet and salty treat for after-school snacks, potlucks, parties, or gift-giving. 
Peanut Marshmallow Clusters ingredients

Ingredients for Rocky Road Candy

  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Milk chocolate chips
  • Vegetable oil
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Dry roasted peanuts

Substitutions and Additions

  • Choose Your Chocolate: Instead of using chocolate chips, choose some chocolate almond bark instead. You can also make your chocolate marshmallow clusters with dark chocolate chips or a combination of chips or swap the milk chocolate for butterscotch chips.
  • Prepare Without Peanuts: You can substitute another nut, like chopped walnuts, almonds, cashews, or pecans.
  • More Mix-Ins: Feel free to add your favorite sweet or salty ingredients for more flavor and texture contrasts. Some ideas include pretzels, candy pieces, cereal (like Rice Krispies or Chex), crushed cookies, or pumpkin seeds.
  • Customize Your Clusters: Decorate your candy with festive sprinkles and assorted colors to match a holiday or party theme. Use red and green colors for Christmas, pink and red for Valentine’s Day, and orange for Halloween.
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How to Make Rocky Road Candy

  1. Melt: Microwave the chocolate chips and oil in 30-second intervals until melted and smooth.
  2. Mix: Stir in the mini marshmallows and peanuts to completely coat in chocolate.
    Pro Tip: Make sure the chocolate has cooled to lukewarm before stirring in the mix-ins.
  3. Scoop: Scoop the candy clusters onto the lined baking sheet. Chill in the refrigerator to set before serving. 
  4. Serve: Enjoy!

Tips on Making homemade Candy

  • You can substitute multi-colored miniature marshmallows for the white miniature marshmallows.
  • Make sure the chocolate isn’t too hot when you mix in the marshmallows. You don’t want them to melt.
  • Fill a cookie tin or cellophane bag with your candy clusters and give it as a gift for the holidays.

How to Store Rocky Road Candy

  • To Store: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I add peanut butter to my clusters?

Yes, you can easily add 1 cup of chunky peanut butter to your chocolate mixture. Heat the peanut butter with the chocolate chips and vegetable oil as instructed in the recipe.

Can I make Rocky Road Bars instead of Rocky Road peanut clusters?

If you prefer to serve candy squares instead of candy clusters, this recipe is adaptable. Check out my Rocky Road Bars and Rocky Road Fudge for delicious dessert options filled with the same flavors.

Can I make my candy in the slow cooker?

Yes, you can use the set it and forget it method to cook your candy in a slow cooker. My Crockpot Candy recipe is the perfect solution!

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Rocky Road Candy

Serves — 30
Rocky Road Candy is the best no bake candy made in 5 minutes with 5 ingredients. Chocolate coated mounds of roasted peanuts and mini marshmallows are chewy, crunchy, salty, and sweet — delicious!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes


  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • cups dry roasted cocktail peanuts


  • Line 2 baking sheets with wax paper and set them aside.
  • Add the chocolate chips and vegetable oil to a large heat-safe mixing bowl. Heat the chocolate chips and oil in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
  • Allow the chocolate to cool to lukewarm before stirring in the miniature marshmallows and peanuts until the marshmallows and nuts are completely coated.
  • Use a 1½ tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop the candy clusters. Space the clusters about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Allow the candy to chill in the refrigerator to completely set before serving.

Jenn’s Notes

Servings: 30 – 1 ½ tablespoon cookie scoop
  • To Store: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • You can substitute multi-colored miniature marshmallows for the white miniature marshmallows.
  • Make sure the chocolate isn’t too hot when you mix in the marshmallows. You don’t want them to melt.
  • Fill a cookie tin or cellophane bag with your candy clusters and give it as a gift for the holidays.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 33IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg

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    1. Wrap it well in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container to prevent freezer burn. It can typically be stored in the freezer for up to three months. Thaw it at room temperature for a short time before serving. Freezing can sometimes alter the texture of the marshmallows, making them a bit chewier.

    1. The primary difference between semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips is their sugar and milk content. Semi-sweet chocolate chips have a higher cocoa content and less sugar compared to milk chocolate chips, giving them a richer, less sweet chocolate flavor. Milk chocolate chips, on the other hand, contain more sugar and milk solids, which gives them a creamier texture and sweeter, milder chocolate taste.

    1. Hi Donna – I would not leave it out. If you don’t add vegetable oil, the chocolate may be thicker and less manageable, which could result in a less smooth and more matte appearance in the finished candies; they might also be more prone to clumping or seizing.

  1. 5 stars
    These are so delicious!! Did them in my crockpot and substitute vegetable oil with coconut oil.. Thank you for the recipe and will definitely be adding this to our family’s favourites.