Happy Rocky Road Day! What will you do to note the occasion?
Rocky road ice cream seems an obvious answer – but that is, I gather, largely an American thing. Apparently in 1929, William Dreyer (yup, of Dreyer’s ice cream) decided that people needed something to cheer them up – ya think? – and that a new ice cream would do the trick. And he was no doubt entertained by calling something Rocky Road during those unquestionably rocky times.
The loser here seems to have been Mrs Dreyer, whose sewing scissors (according to this page) were used to cut up the marshmallows. No doubt she had something to say about the whole thing.
Ice cream too obvious? What about some rocky road dessert bars (Nigella has some great ones and cooks.com offers up a Halloween version with candy added . Candy. National Candy Month. See how I did that?.
Like with many foods, there are regional rocky variations. Everyone starts with chocolate and marshmallows but then all bets are off.
- The Australians include glacé cherries, coconut and peanuts.
- The Brits use biscuits (cookies, my fellow Americans) and raisins or sultanas.
- Americans – if not going for the obvious ice cream option, stick to chocolate, marshmallows and walnuts. Or almonds.
As long as there is chocolate, marshmallows and a crunch, you’re good to go.