Have you ever been gifted so much chocolate that you’ve tried to make your way through and just can’t seem to get to the bottom? Not that this is a bad thing of course, after all who doesn’t love chocolate!
There are many things you can do with leftover chocolate. A great way to use up leftover chocolate is by using it in a rocky road fudge recipe as it allows you to utilise as much leftover chocolate as you can find.
After the holidays you’ve gained a few pounds and you’re trying your best to stick to a healthy diet. Honestly, we’re routing for you because we simply can’t resist another batch of fudge either.
But let’s not be hasty here, a treat every now and then doesn’t hurt. Plus this rocky road recipe is great for sharing, stick it on the table and within minutes you’ll all be fighting over the last bite.
Read on to find out how you can use up your leftover easter chocolate, chocolate bars and sweet treats…
Rocky road fudge recipe
Let us introduce you to our rocky road fudge recipe, designed to mop up all leftover chocolates. Because the longer it sits there the closer it is getting to the expiration date – and that’s just a waste of wonderful chocolate.
We’ve all had a rocky road before, be it in form of a sundae, a brownie or a gooey slab. But, have you ever tried rocky road fudge? It’s a taste sensation as thick and creamy meets crunchy and chewy. A sweet treat that is great for the whole family.
There is nothing better than leftover chocolate recipes for emptying your larder.
In our recipe we decided to use leftover ingredients from the pantry and previous fudge recipes. We’re sure you would have seen the shortbread biscuits from our Banoffee pie fudge recipe. We also had some mini marshmallows waiting to be used up, since hot cocoa season has pretty much passed.
What we’re trying to say here, is that this recipe is so versatile you can swap out additional ingredients for different flavours and sweets to suit your liking. Some people might like white chocolate whilst others prefer dark chocolate whereas others use sour cherries, and even chocolate cake!
Equipment and tools needed to make rocky road fudge
- Large microwave safe bowl
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Silicone spatula
- 8x8inch baking tray lined with parchment paper
- 4 cups leftover chocolate (easter bunnies are great for this) or your favorite chocolate chips
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 TSBP butter
- 1 TSBP corn syrup
Additional toppings (measurements up to you):
- Leftover chocolate bars
- Chopped nuts
- Crushed biscuits
- Delicious cakes
- Begin by placing the 4 cups of leftover chocolate or semi sweet chocolate chips to the bowl, along with condensed milk and butter.
- Melt in the microwave for 40 seconds and remove regularly, making sure to mix throughly with the silicone spatula to ensure that the chocolate has not burned.
- Once the ingredients melt, add in the corn syrup and stir to mix in.
- Let the mixture cool a little for about 5-10 minutes as this end up melting the rest of the leftover chocolates. Unless you didn’t want to keep the different elements whole.
- Now throw in the rest of your ingredients and give it all a good mix. When mixed the additional topping should be coated with fudge.
- Then, chuck it all into the prepared baking tray and pat the mixture down evenly. It doesn’t have to be smooth on top, hence the name rocky road. Just so that everyone will get a portions of everything.
- Decorate with topping of your choice. Press them down; still leaving their top on show.
- Let it cool completely and then place in the refrigerator for an hour.
- Before cutting it, let it sit out for 10 minutes, though this sounds counter intuitive from letting it set it will make cutting less labor intensive.
- Cut and serve using a cutting board and a sharp knife. Some people choose to cut this up roughly so there are big and small chunks. Others try to be fair although this recipe should make approx. 36 servings.
- Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
Our top tips
Add more chocolate for extra rich chocolatey goodness – this may come in the form melted chocolate.
Use individual truffles or your kids wrapped chocolate candies to decorate the rocky road fudge with. Slice them in half to expose their filling.
If you don’t have that much leftover chocolate, then we suggest you use 4 cups of your favorite chocolate chips.
You can also do this on pan over the stove on a low heat, instead of in the microwave. Just melt the chocolate, condensed milk and butter in a large saucepan. Once you take it off the stove, wait patiently for it to cool before adding your topping.
Sometimes leftovers can be a blessing. We often look at the thing right before our eyes, but when we think outside the box there are endless ways to use leftover chocolate. More on this in an upcoming recipe post (p.s it includes brownies!).
A great recipe for the family, a treat perfect to share or a gift for Christmas, what’s great about this recipe is that you don’t even have to bake it!
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