Things to Make: Butterscotch Marshmallow Squares

Growing up my grandmother used to make a square with graham crackers, rainbow mini marshmallows and butterscotch chips. She called them Rocky Roads and they were family favorites. I remember being at an event as a kid, probably a “tea” of some sort – where every one brought baking to a church basement or school gym and a club (like guides or scouts) would serve plates of treats and cups of tea, and I saw what I thought was Rocky Roads. I was extremely disappointed to learn that most people make them with peanut butter! Not that there is anything wrong with the peanut butter “confetti squares” but naturally Grandma’s Rocky Roads were superior!

Here’s what you need:
2/3 cup of butterscotch chips
1/2 cup butter (I used salted)
1 egg, beaten.
1 cup icing sugar
2 1/2 cups of mini marshmallows – the multicoloured ones work best in my opinion
Graham Crackers
Shredded coconut

Here’s what you do:

  1. Line an 8×8 pan with waxed paper and place the single layer of graham crackers in the pan. Set aside.
  2. Put the marshmallows in the freezer (yes, for real)
  3. Melt the butter and butterscotch chips in a double boiler.
  4. Reduce the heat and slowly add the egg, whisking as you add so that it doesn’t turn into scrambled egg in the pot.
  5. Add the icing sugar.
  6. Stir to combine, there should be no lumps. Take off the heat once everything is combined and smooth. Let the mixture cool slightly.
  7. Mix the frozen marshmallows in to the butterscotch mixture and then add to the pan.
  8. Sprinkle with coconut.
  9. Refrigerate for at least an hour to let everything set.
  10. Cut into small squares and enjoy!

– Freezing the marshmallows helps prevent them from melting when you add then in the butterscotch mixture
– I don’t know why but I found the Western Family (Save On Foods house brand) worked better than the Hersey’s Chipits ones.
– No double boiler? Set a large bowl on top of a sauce pan. It works just as well.
– If the square is too sticky, cut it into small pieces and roll the edges in a mixture of coconut and graham cracker crumbs. Overly sticky squares may be a result of not letting the mixture combine for long enough.
– These keep best in the fridge
– Bonus to these – unlike the more common peanut butter confetti squares – these are peanut free!

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