Rocky road ice cream is a chocolate flavored ice cream. Though there are variations of the flavor, it is traditionally composed of chocolate ice cream, nuts, and marshmallows. Rocky road ice cream is a delicious dessert with an interesting culinary history. In 1929 after the stock market crashed William Dreyer, founder of Dreyer Ice Cream, calmed his Black Thursday nerves by creating the original rocky road. He is said to have cut up walnuts and marshmallows with his wife's sewing scissors and added them to his chocolate ice cream to create a new ice cream flavor that would make people smile despite the tough economic times. It instantly became an American favorite and soon became popular all over the world.
The original Rocky Road ice cream used chocolate ice cream with no chocolate chip pieces. Today, Rocky Road can be obtained based on vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips, marshmallows and almonds.
In Australia, people add jam to their rocky road ice cream. In the United Kingdom, people add cherries and raisins. It is safe to say that many different things can be added to rocky road ice cream.
Celebrate National Rocky Road Day with a dish of delicious rocky road ice cream.