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Rocky Road Ice Cream Recipe

This Rocky Road ice cream recipe is incredibly easy to make. You will need just four ingredients to create the classic flavor: chocolate ice cream, mini chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and almonds.

A bowl with three scoops of Rocky Road ice cream

What is Rocky Road Ice Cream?

Rocky Road ice cream is essentially chocolate ice cream with specific mix-ins.

Rocky Road ice cream, according to the Wikipedia article on the subject, was invented in 1929 by William Dreyer. He mixed marshmallows and walnuts into chocolate ice cream in the original recipe. Dreyer and his business partner, Joseph Edy, named the combination Rocky Road to give people something to smile about in the midst of the Great Depression.

Almonds eventually replaced the walnuts from the Rocky Road ice cream recipe, and the wonderful addition of chocolate chips happened some time after that.

How To Make This Ice Cream Recipe

To start, slightly thaw a large carton of your favorite chocolate ice cream. These are now typically 56 ounces, or 1.75 quarts, though they used to be larger. (You can also use your own chocolate ice cream recipe and scale quantities if you prefer.)

Measure 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips, 1/2 cup of almonds, and 1 cup of mini marshmallows.

Ingredients for Rocky Road ice cream and cupcakes - mounds of chocolate chips, marshmallows, and almonds on a cutting board
Add your slightly melted ice cream and other ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer and mix to incorporate all ingredients.

Put ice cream with mix-ins into a freezer-safe container and refreeze until firm.

Can You Make This Recipe With Homemade Ice Cream?

If you plan to use your own ice cream recipe to make the chocolate ice cream, you could add mix-ins right into your ice cream maker if your model allows it. Be sure to follow the ice cream maker’s instructions and to use the correct blade for mix-ins.

Remember to scale the mix-ins appropriately for the amount of ice cream you are making!

Related Recipes

Rocky Road cupcakes – These chocolate cupcakes contain chocolate chips, marshmallows, and almonds mixed in. Their toasted chocolate meringue frosting really makes them perfect.

Mocha almond fudge frosting – Another ice-cream inspired creation, this frosting is perfect on top of cupcakes and cakes.

Marshmallow frosting – Toast this on top of the ice cream for extra decadence and marshmallow flavor!

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A bowl with three scoops of Rocky Road ice cream
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Rocky Road Ice Cream Recipe

This Rocky Road ice cream recipe works with your favorite chocolate ice cream to create the classic flavor in your own kitchen.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Rocky Road ice cream
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 7 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 445kcal
Author Stef

Ingredients

  • 56 ounces chocolate ice cream use your favorite brand or a homemade recipe
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup almonds crush or briefly food process if desired
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows

Instructions

  • Slightly thaw the chocolate ice cream until it is softened and can be easily scooped.
  • Add all ingredients into the bowl of an electric stand mixer.
  • Mix on low speed until all ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  • Put Rocky Road ice cream into a freezer-safe container and refreeze until firm, about 2 hours.

Notes

If you plan to use your own ice cream recipe to make the chocolate ice cream, you could add mix-ins right into your ice cream maker if your model allows it. Be sure to follow the ice cream maker's instructions and to use the correct blade for mix-ins.
Remember to scale the mix-ins appropriately for the amount of ice cream you are making!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Rocky Road Ice Cream Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 445 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 55mg18%
Sodium 131mg5%
Potassium 446mg13%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 49g54%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 681IU14%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 202mg20%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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4 comments on “Rocky Road Ice Cream Recipe”

  1. Oh my goodness! These look unbelievably scrumptious!! Way to go, Stef!

  2. I LOVE rocky road but never have had it homemade! YUm! saving this!

  3. Hi Stef! I love rocky road ice cream topped with Kahlua!!! I may just be dreaming about that empty bowl of yours tonight. If I think of the first picture, I may not sleep!!! Thanks for sharing…

  4. anthonysays:

    The original has no chocolate chips.

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