Rocky Road Ice Cream
Rocky Road ice cream technically falls under the category of chocolate ice cream flavors… but we all know there’s so much more to this famous ice cream than just chocolate! Rocky road is usually composed of 3 elements, chocolate ice cream, nuts (usually walnuts or almonds) and yummie squishy marshmallows.
Fun fact: Rocky road ice cream is known in Canada as Heavenly hash ice cream
Rocky Road ice cream: The point of origin
Rocky road ice cream was originally created in March 1929 by William Dreyer.
William was living in Oakland, California at the time and basically cut up some walnuts and marshmallows with his wife’s sewing scissors, then he added the bits to his chocolate icecream. Interestingly he semi copied this method from his partner Joseph Edy, who already invented a candy that was composed of chocolate, walnuts and marshmallows pieces.
The name Rocky road was chosen to reflect the Great Depression and Wall Street Crash of 1929, and to give people something to smile about, since then Rocky road icecream has been of the most popular flavors in the US.
There is however another story floating around, that questions the “official” birth of rocky road icecream. Fentons Creamery in Oakland actually says that Dreyer copied the recipe from his friend, Fenton’s George Farren, who invented his own rock road-style candy bar and started blending this into icecream!
Today, Rocky road is sometimes created a bit differently from its original recipe, you can even buy rocky road icecream that’s based on vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips instead of chocolate icecream. Nevertheless, rocky road is famous for a reason, it’s still one of the most delicious icecream flavors around and it’s definitely here to stay!
Rock Road Ice Cream Recipe
Below you’ll find a recipe that I adapted from 5 other recipes to hopefully create a smooth and intense rocky road flavor!
Yields about 1 quart or 4 cups (8 servings)
- 1 cup miniature marshmallows
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 ½ cups heavy cream
- 1 ½ cups whole milk
- ¾ cups of chopped chocolate
- ¾ cups of chocolate chips
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 5 egg yolks
- pinch of salt
Heat the cocoa powder with the cream in a saucepan, blend the cocoa by whisking. Bring the whole to a boil, as soon as it starts boiling, reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 20 seconds, whisking constantly. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the chopped chocolate, stir it until smooth. Pour the mixture into a large bowl, and set a mesh strainer on top of the bowl.
Warm the sugar, milk, and salt in the same saucepan. Then get another bowl and whisk the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm sugar/milk mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the egg yolks back into the saucepan.
Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula or the back of a spoon. Next, pour this mixture through the strainer and stir it into the chocolate mixture until smooth, then stir in the vanilla. Put the whole mixture in an ice bath and stir until it’s cool.
Then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions and once the icecream make has finished, mix in the almonds, chocolate chips and marshmallows.
And there you have it, everything you need to know about Rocky Road icecream! Now get mixing… or go and buy some 🙂