Although there are many variations, traditionally, Rocky Road ice cream was composed of chocolate ice cream, nuts, and marshmallows. Today, there are variations with vanilla ice cream, chocolate chips, and almonds.National Day
According to one source, the flavor was created in March 1929 by William Dreyer in Oakland, California when he cut up walnuts and marshmallows with his wife’s sewing scissors and added them to his chocolate ice cream in a manner that reflected how his partner Joseph Edy‘s chocolate candy creation incorporated walnuts and marshmallow pieces. Later, the walnuts would be replaced by pieces of toasted almond. After the Wall Street Crash of 1929, Dreyer and Edy gave the flavor its current name “to give folks something to smile about in the midst of the Great Depression.” Alternatively, Fentons Creamery in Oakland claims that William Dreyer based his recipe on a Rocky Road-style ice cream flavor invented by his friend, Fentons’ George Farren, who blended his own Rocky Road-style candy bar into ice cream; however, Dreyer substituted almonds for walnuts.Wikipedia
The original Rocky Road ice cream used chocolate ice cream with no chocolate chip pieces.
If you have an ice cream maker, here’s a recipe for rocky road so you can make your own. I know you will love this nutty, chocolatey, marshmallowy treat!Moms Who Saves
Rocky Road Fluff Salad is a rich and decadent dessert salad that tastes just like a mixture of chocolate cheesecake and rocky road ice cream! This thick and creamy fluff is the perfect summer dessert!The Salty Marshmallow
Like their name entails, these cookies get their inspiration from rocky road ice cream: a chocolate base with almonds, chocolate chips, and marshmallow fluff both on the inside and drizzled on top. The best kind of rocky road ice cream has a marshmallow swirl rather than simple marshmallows, so naturally we’re going with the marshmallow fluff. And why not have twice the fluff with marshmallow flavor in the middle and on top? Yes, please!My Baking Bliss
A little twist on the traditional Rocky Road, White Chocolate with Macadamia Nuts. Maybe you have a family member like me, that doesn’t like Chocolate? This is the way to celebrate National Rocky Road Day with them.
PEANUT BUTTER ROCKY ROAD
An Easy and Yummy No-Bake Peanut Butter Rocky Road with Peanut Butter, Reese’s Pieces, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!Janes Patisserie
Rocky Road is such a quick and easy treat and this one has been given the tropical treatment.Sugar Salt Magic
For a delicious no-bake chocolate treat, try this Easy Rolo Rocky Road. Packed with marshmallows, roasted peanuts and loads of chocolate caramel Rolos, it’s the best rocky road I’ve ever had.Sweetest Menu
These Vegan Rocky Road Cookies Have All The Flavors Of The Poplar Ice Cream Baked Into Cookie Form. A Fun Treat For The Whole Family!Wee Little Vegans
An easy No-Bake Rocky Road Cheesecake Recipe – A chocolate cheesecake packed with marshmallows and topped with melted chocolate. No bake buttery biscuit base with cream cheese and whipped cream topping. A delicious dessert cake for any special occasion. Also easily adaptable to be Gluten Free.Taming Twins
How will you celebrate NATIONAL ROCKY ROAD DAY? Today is the day.
Take a little time today to celebrate with your family and friends and make lasting memories!