Rocky Road Marshmallow Pops

by Alice Currah on March 14, 2011. Updated April 16, 2011

As a little kid, rocky road ice cream was my favorite flavor.  The anticipation of biting into either a marshmallow or nuts made eating the ice cream all the more fun.  Although I am a huge fan of cake pops, I had this picture pop into my mind of marshmallow pops dipped in dark chocolate with a light sprinkle of chopped toasted almonds.  I applied the same techniques as I do to make cake pops and as a result, these rocky road marshmallow pops were born.

I also experimented with dipping each  marshmallow half way and just the tops in chocolate.  As a result I decided these pops can be made with with just a little bit of chocolate or completely covered without compromising the cuteness factor or taste.

As for the chocolate, I decided to go with a dark chocolate with 61% cacao.  I used the microwave to heat the chocolate in 30 second intervals until it was nice and smooth.  Although I used dark chocolate, you could use whatever kind you like including chocolate coating. If for some reason you needed to thin the chocolate out, you could either use a teaspoon of shortening or food grade extra virgin coconut oil.

After chopping the nuts, I dry toasted them in a skillet on high heat until fragrant.  I would recommend chopping them more finely than the picture below shows so that the bigger pieces do not pull the chocolate off before cooling.

Lollipop sticks can be purchased at craft supply stores such as Michaels or Joannes.  Cake supply stores will also carry sticks, cellophane bags, and (melting) chocolate wafers.

To make these pops, you’ll want to dip the sticks in 1/4″ in chocolate and then into a marshmallow 3/4 of the way through.  This will help the marshmallows not to slide off the stick.

Dip each  marshmallow into the chocolate until as coated as you want. 

Be sure to tap the stick several times with your finger to encourage excess chocolate to “flood” off the marshmallow.  Otherwise you’ll experience chocolate dripping everywhere.

Sprinkle each pop with chopped almonds and place them in a florist foam block.  I purchased three blocks from the Dollar Tree Store.  Worked beautifully.

As you can see, this is a true rocky road masterpiece.  I’ve probably eaten at least a dozen of these over the last couple days.  They are very addicting to say the least.

Here’s a picture of my semi-dipped pops and I love them just as much as the fully coated ones.  Aren’t they beautiful?These pops would be great for parties and favors.  I know many of you will want to know exactly how many these will make.  Depending on how much chocolate and nuts you  use, the amount of ingredients will vary. But you will get at least 36 fully coated pops with one bag of dark chocolate chips and more with partially dipped ones.

Before posting the recipe, I would like to ask you to keep Angie, also known as Bakerella, in your thoughts and prayers.  She’s been in the hospital and is very sick right now.  You can read her story here.  She’s the ultimate inspiration for pops on a stick and we want her to feel better soon so she can continue to inspire the world with her bite-sized treats.

Rocky Road Marshmallow Pops
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Serves: 36
 
An easy and fun treat on a stick.
Ingredients
  • 1 – 10 oz bag dark chocolate chips/chunks
  • 1 bag large marshmallows
  • ½ cup chopped toasted almonds
  • special equipment: 36 lollipop sticks
Instructions
  1. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave in thirty second intervals, stirring after each time until the chocolate is smooth. Dip a lollipop stick ¼” in and then into a marshmallow ¾ of the way through. Dip marshmallows into the chocolate until coated. Tap the stick until excess chocolate has dripped off. Sprinkle chopped almonds on each pop and allow them to dry by sticking the end of the stick into a foam block.

 

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{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

EatLiveRun March 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm

These look great! Rocky Road was always my favorite ice cream flavor, too, as a kid. :)

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Aimee @ Simple Bites March 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Praying for Angie….

Perfect pops! Such a great fun party treat. Your photos are just luscious.

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Amanda March 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm

GAH orgeous! I cant wait to try these… talk about a perfect summer night treat!! Genius girl!

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Lauren from Lauren's Latest March 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm

My daughter would love these. She goes crazy for marshmallows…..and chocolate.

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Cara March 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm

What an easy and delicious treat!

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Jessica @ How Sweet March 14, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I just adore these. I love marshmallows!

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Kirsten Hansen March 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm

These would be awesome rolled in crushed graham cracker crumbs instead of nuts. Like s’mores on a stick!

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Sharlene March 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Such a cute, easy, and delicious idea. I have a feeling I wouldn’t share these with anyone but my own stomach!

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Ruth Ann March 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Hi Alice,
These look really yummy! I will have to share them with my 12 year old foodie Charlie (www.CharlieBakes.blogspot.com) when she comes home from school. Like all kids, she loves marshmallows.
Take care,
Ruth Ann (@CatchTheBaby)

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Madison M March 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm

It’s amazing how simple these are, yet how excited they make me at the same time! What a run idea for kids or a quick take-home gift for friends and family after a dinner party.

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lauren March 14, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Oh my…pure genius. I too love rocky road ice cream. What a simple and fun way to enjoy this. Thank you.

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kristen March 14, 2011 at 5:31 pm

yum, i can’t wait to try these alice. so cute! thanks for sharing. :)

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Kiran March 14, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Fact: I’ve never had marshmallows ever before :D Those pops looks delish!

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anjali March 14, 2011 at 7:55 pm

yum yum yum! i’ve been craving rocky road ice cream/bars and now pops!

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MJ March 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm

YUM! I cant wait to make these! What a fun and easy treat!!!

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Lori A. March 14, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Oooh! You had my weak spot. I love anything rocky road. It has been my favorite ice cream for as long as I can remember! It’s like all goodness wrapped in one…chocolate, marshmallow & nuts!

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Kathy - Panini Happy March 14, 2011 at 9:40 pm

YUM, Alice – what fun treats! Pops are the best, I’ve been keeping Angie in my prayers.

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Krista@BudgetGourmetMom March 14, 2011 at 10:54 pm

These are GENIUS! What an absolutely fun treat! Seriously, these would be so cute in a treat bag tied with a ribbon.

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River March 14, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Where can I buy lolli pop sticks?

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alice March 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Hi River: You can buy them at Michaels craft stores or anywhere that sells cake supplies. Also you can purchase them online.. just do a google search for cake and candy supplies.

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Rebecca March 14, 2011 at 11:59 pm

I’ve had a craving for marshmallow anything lately! I love the idea Kristen had for rolling them in crushed graham crackers.. I have a major weakness for s’mores! Y U M

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Celina March 15, 2011 at 5:54 am

I love these! The coolest idea ever..i can’t wait to make them. Thank you for sharing!

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Lael Hazan @educatedpalate March 15, 2011 at 7:18 am

Beautiful photos and such a fun recipe. I’ve made nutella pops but never rocky road! I appreciate the tip about dipping the stick in chocolate to help it not slide off.

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Tracey March 15, 2011 at 9:54 am

I’ve never been much of a marshmallow fan, but I could be after seeing this post. Those pops look amazing!

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Aviva Goldfarb March 15, 2011 at 2:37 pm

You had me at chocolate and marshmallows–I’m in! These look absolutely incredible for this rocky road lover.

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Rachel @ The Avid Appetite March 16, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I love this idea! Such a fun departure from traditional treats.

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Jane March 16, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I recently found your site and decided to browse the vegetarian tag since I am one. I just wanted to let you know that marshmallows have gelatin and aren’t vegetarian. But I sure wish I could try these, haha.

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alice March 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Hi Jane: Thanks for letting me know, I had no idea! I fixed the tags.

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Shannon Marie March 17, 2011 at 11:00 am

These are adorable! They would be great for a kids party too. I might dip them in white chocolate and roll in pink sprinkles for a princess party. Or roll in orange sprinkles for Halloween, red and green for Christmas, or swirl white chocolate over the dark for a multi-colored look. Yum!

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Andrea @ strawberry-chic.blogspot.com March 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I love these! So fun and simple, great idea!

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Janice Harper March 17, 2011 at 9:00 pm

A great way to use up any leftover melted chocolate, as well. Love the florist’s foam idea! I’ll try these with the new storebought “homemade” violet marshmallows my daughter just talked me into buying.

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Jessica March 19, 2011 at 5:42 pm

My daughter just asked me for a “chocolate lollipop” the other day. Now I know how to make one for her. Yours are gorgeous!

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bridget {bake at 350} March 19, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Oh, these are BEAUTIFUL!

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susan March 19, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Alice, these are fantastic. Your pictures are wonderful as well. This is one of my favorite flavor profiles!

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alice March 20, 2011 at 3:20 am

Thanks everyone! These pops are sooooo good and easy to make. Hope you get a chance to make them in the near future!

-Alice

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Kafi Carrasco March 20, 2011 at 8:22 am

We were looking for something different than the traditional cookies and brownies and this is a GREAT idea! My son is going to make some and take to the bake sale at school.

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BrandyK March 20, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Loved these so much! I made them and featured them on my blog, credit to you of course. :)
http://brandysbaking.blogspot.com/2011/03/marshmallow-pops.html
Adore your blog and your photos!

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Daisy March 21, 2011 at 7:07 pm

These look delicious! I can’t wait to try them! By the way, I love your new banner up top. You look stunning and of course I’m loving the marshmallow pops! :)

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Lindsay March 21, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Mmm i’m gonna have to try this! We love rocky road around here!!

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Keely March 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Is it okay if I put them in the fridge for storage? GREAT photos ! and genius idea :D

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alice March 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Hi Keely: Absolutely!

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Michelle Benoit March 25, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I think this would be a fun activity for my son’s birthday party. I imagine the children will enjoy making their own marshmellow treat. Cute, cute, cute!

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AshleeB March 31, 2011 at 10:40 am

I am preparing these tonight! I think they will be a hit!

I purchased lollipop sticks from Wal-Mart near all the wedding supplies.

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Stefani April 24, 2011 at 12:01 am

I totally want to make these. I bookmarked and thanks for sharing. Great pictures.

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Jelena May 10, 2011 at 11:38 am

I just got these candies as a gift with salty stick which added another level of flavor.
Thank you for excellent pictures and explanation…I am going to do shopping right now and make them this evening….mmmmm

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Kate May 19, 2011 at 9:46 am

This is such a cute idea im going to make them for my sister in laws wedding shower and roll the marshmellows in her favorite candy bar shes gonna love it.Thank you for the idea.

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Sarah May 31, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I will for sure try this one out. I love your detailed description.

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Aviva Goldfarb June 14, 2011 at 6:48 pm

We just tried these–so fun and easy to make and super-tasty and cute!

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Glendy Darang June 6, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Thanks for sharing… it’s a great idea for kids…cheers

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KgReciPes March 26, 2014 at 4:40 am

My friend would love if we chocolate-covered-raspberry-marshmallow-pops to-gather.What a great idea.Thank for sharing.

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test kitchen August 4, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Hi – thanks for sharing this recipe. One question I have is whether this recipe will stay in the hot sun. I am planning to create these treats for a picnic at my daughter’s b’day party and wanted to make sure the chocolates/marshmallows won’t melt. Do you recommend keeping them in a cooler or will they stay outdoors. Thanks!

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