This Rocky Road ice cream recipe is incredibly easy to make!
You will need just four ingredients to create the classic Rocky Road flavor: chocolate ice cream, mini chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and almonds.
What is Rocky Road Ice Cream?
According to the Wikipedia article on the subject, Rocky Road ice cream 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 Rocky Road Ice Cream the Easy Way
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.
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.
How to Make Rocky Road Ice Cream From Scratch
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!
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!
Rocky Road Ice Cream Recipe
- 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
- 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.