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Rich and sweet.  Crunchy and chewy.  Spongy and light.  For a dessert with so few ingredients, there’s a lot going on with Rocky Road.  This treat is always a huge hit year round, but where I’m from, it’s especially big around Christmas.  This simple dessert requires very little cooking effort, but yields a very high reward.  If you make a batch or two of this recipe, you can hand out a dozen or so to each of your closest family and friends, and they’ll be guaranteed to love them.  It’s been said that it’s better to give than receive. When you give these to someone you care about, you’ll receive a big smile and hug- and isn’t that really the greatest gift of all.

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Ingredients-

-2 Cups of semi sweet chocolate pieces

-1 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk

-2 tablespoons of butter of margarine

-1 10 ounce package of baby marshmallows

-1 and 2/3 cups of unsalted walnuts (almonds, peanuts or pecans work well too)

Instructions-

1. In a saucepan, combine chocolate pieces, sweetened condensed milk and butter or margarine.  Heat over low flame until chocolate is melted.

2. In a large bowl, combined marshmallows and nuts.

3. Fold in chocolate mixture.

4. Spread in a 13 by 9 by 2 inch pan, whose sides and bottom have been lined with greased wax paper.

5. Chill for 2 hours or until firm

6. Remove from pan; peel off wax paper and cut into 1 inch squares with a wet knife or pizza cutter.

7. Wrap pieces in plastic wrap.  Makes about 8 dozen.

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