Lake Travis Mud is a recipe from an old friend back in Austin. She gave it to me years ago with a note saying it makes excellent teacher gifts. And it does! I’ve been making this now for years for gift giving and for cravings — usually the latter. Since i make it so often I usually halve it and use an 8 inch square pan. Sometimes I even quarter and use a loaf pan.
Lake Travis Mud is probably the most easy candy to make on Cookie Madness. All you need are 5 ingredients — chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter, marshmallows and peanuts. The candy does not require a candy thermometer, and you can melt the chocolate in the microwave or double boiler.
The brand of chocolate chips you use will slightly change the flavor and texture of the candy. So that the candy won’t be too sweet, you’ll want to use dark chocolate chips or semisweet chocolate chips that melt smoothly. I like Guittard.
And finally, if you would rather make Lake Travis Mud without peanut butter you can make Condensed Milk Rocky Road Candy. There’s also a version made with colored marshmallows called Cathedral Window Candies.
Lake Travis Mud aka Rocky Road Peanut Candy
- 12 oz Ghirardelli semisweet chocolate chips
- 12 oz butterscotch chips
- 1 cup peanut butter chunky or cream okay
- 12- oz jar dry roasted peanuts unsalted or lightly salted
- 2 cups miniature marshmallows
- Line a 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper or nonstick foil.
- In a large double boiler or in a heat-proof bowl set over simmering water, melt the chips.
- Add the peanut butter and stir until smooth, then stir in the peanuts.
- Remove from heat, let cool slightly, then add marshmallows.
- Spread mixture in pan and refrigerate for at least two hours. Lift from pan, set on a cutting board and cut into desired size squares/bars.
- The mud should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.