These Rocky Road Brownies bring a boxed brownie mix to the next level! All the flavors and textures of rocky road ice cream transformed into the most mouth-watering morsel - perfect for potlucks, bake sales, and after school snacks!
I've always liked boxed brownie mix. As a food scientist and avid baker, I'm not sure that's something I should admit, but I do! They always turn out full of chocolate flavor, they're moist (ugh - someone please come up with a better word), and deliciously chewy. I really like them super simple with a dusting of powdered sugar or thin layer of fudgy frosting. However, sometimes it's fun to add a little more texture, more flavors, and bring the brownies to a whole new level!
When I named these "Rocky Road Brownies," it got me reminiscing on my first job. The summer I was 15, I started working at the local ice cream shop - Korner Kremery. It was the cutest little place - full of cow decor everywhere (even the outside of the building was spotted like a cow!). Unfortunately, the building has since been remodeled, so all the cows have disappeared (sad, sad day).
I learned a lot working there....
- Tie-dye shirts (our "uniform" at Korner Kremery) are the perfect camouflage for splattered hot fudge, waffle cone batter, strawberry syrup, and melted ice cream
- Wearing brand new white tennis shoes in an ice cream shop is always a bad idea, even in you plan to be "super careful" that day
- It is super annoying to walk into a restaurant/shop closing in 5 minutes and stay way past the closing time
- Waffle cones are a whole lot more difficult that one could imagine - it's truly an art!
- And I learned that an ice cream shop is about the happiest place to go....I mean think about it - can you really be unhappy holding an ice cream cone?!
Ok, so of course I learned a whole lot more about life - working with others, working for a business owner, how to prioritize, how to run a cash register, how to deal with customers, and much more. People ask me if I ever got sick of ice cream while working there. Haha....is that even possible?! Maybe so, but not for me!
Anyway, no matter if you're a fan of chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, cookies n cream, or rocky road ice cream, you're sure to love these brownies! And I'm sure they'd be especially good with a scoop of ice cream on top..... 😉
Rocky Road Brownies
- 1 box brownie mix (18.3 oz)
- 3 c mini marshmallows
- 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ c light corn syrup
- ½ c butter
- 2 c Rice Krispies
- 2 c salted peanuts
- Prepare the brownie mix according to the box instructions. (Be sure that you're preparing it in a 9x13 pan - some brownie mixes these days only fit an 8x8 square pan).
- Remove the brownies from the oven and immediately put sprinkle the marshmallows over-top; return to the oven for 3 minutes.
- While the brownies cool a bit, make the topping. In a microwave-safe bowl, stir together the chocolate chips, corn syrup, butter.
- Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each one, until smooth.
- Add the peanuts and Rice Krispies and stir until they are evenly coated.
- Carefully spoon the mixture over the marshmallow-covered brownies. Use a rubber spatula or knife to spread it out evenly.
- Cool the bars completely before cutting. (You can put them in the fridge to help set the bars more quickly, but cut them before they harden too much!)