The days are getting longer and warmer, so of course the best way to start the month is with an ice cream daily holiday! Celebrate National Rocky Road Ice Cream Day on June 2nd and get a head start on summer.
Did you know?
Rocky Road ice cream contains chocolate, marshmallows and nuts – usually walnuts. In Australia, they add jam to their Rocky Road ice cream and in the United Kingdom they add cherries and raisins. There is also a variation with vanilla ice cream, almonds and chocolate chips.
The History of Rocky Road Ice Cream is a Rocky Road!
A “rocky road” can be an actual bumpy road, or it can mean a rough time. Both metaphors seem to be behind the history of Rocky Road ice cream and desserts.
The first Rocky Road dessert was created in Australia in 1853. It was named after the Rocky Road they traveled on to get to the gold fields. It took its toll on their confectionery goods. They had spoiled on the trip over from Europe. Since necessity is the mother of invention, they mixed their goods with local nuts and chocolate to cover up the spoiled taste. A new dessert was on the market.
It is said that on Black Thursday after the stock market crash of 1929, William Dreyer of Dreyers Ice Cream wanted to create something that would make people smile. He used his partner Joseph Edy’s chocolate to make chocolate ice cream and then did the unthinkable. He used his wife’s sewing scissors to cut walnuts and marshmallows into little pieces. Once they were added to the chocolate ice cream, Dreyer knew he had something special. (Or maybe he knew it was something special before he picked up the scissors . . .)
It seems only fitting that in 2021 Dreyer’s Ice Cream “launches its most indulgent line ever: The Rocky Road Collection. Loaded with mix-ins and sauces, this new collection will be sure to put a smile on your face!”
In Fenton’s Creamery, candy maker George Farren chopped up a rocky road candy bar and added it to their ice cream. Fenton’s Creamery maintains that it was Melvin Fenton who invented Rocky Road ice cream.
Either way, they may not be the original creators. The 1920 edition of Rigby’s Reliable Candy Teacher published by W. O. and Fred Rigby featured the first known Rocky Road recipe. It included honey creme whip, crumbled almond macroons, whole walnuts and pecans with a cherry on the top.
How to celebrate Rocky Road Ice Cream day.
You eat rocky road ice cream on Rocky Road Ice Cream Day of course! But why not take it to the next level and make a rocky road ice cream cake? We show you how.
Luscious rocky road ice cream cake that is oh so easy to make but sure wows the crowd. Perfect ice cream dessert recipe for a special occasion. We show you how!
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