June 2 is National Rocky Road Day!
Ever wonder what inspired the creation of the classic Rocky Road ice cream and its name? Rocky Road was created by William Dreyer, the founder of Dreyer’s Ice Cream, in 1929, just after the stock market crash. To comfort himself through the hard times, Dreyer concocted this frozen dessert by mixing almonds and mini marshmallows into his milk chocolate ice cream. Delighted with the creation’s positive effect on his mood, Dreyer dubbed the ice cream “Rocky Road,” a flavor to lift America’s spirits during rocky economic times.
It didn’t take long for Rocky Road to become America’s favorite ice cream or find its way across the Atlantic. However, different countries have made their own adjustments to the recipe: Australia adds jam while the United Kingdom tosses in a few cherries and raisins.
Celebrate National Rocky Road Day and cool off from the summer heat with a pint delicious Rocky Road ice cream. If you’re feeling creative, make your own version of Rocky Road!
Sources: puncbowl.com, dreyers.com
Photo Source: stu_spivack (rocky road ice cream) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons