June 2nd National Rocky Road Day

Our path in life is not always smooth, we will hit a few bumps here and there, and maybe it will get a little rocky from time to time. So celebrate that by having some rocky road ice cream… you owe it to yourself, your family and your country!

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The blend of chocolate, marshmallow and nuts (Primarily almonds or pecans and sometimes both!) and semi-sweet chocolate chunks. Now you can make your own rocky road ice cream but, why? It’s available in nearly every grocery store you go in to.

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Now most ice creams are good enough for the every day affair. Vanilla goes great with cake, strawberry makes a wonderful shake, and chocolate is really sweet and tempting. But when you take pecans, or almonds, marshmallows and even more chocolate it’s… it’s… it’s Rocky Road!

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No one who knows who created Rocky Road Day and it isn’t really National, or an official holiday designated by Congress.  In fact, it probably isn’t even a real holiday but that’s okay, we can celebrate it anyway… and honestly, any day. But, if you like celebrating with others, then you will have to celebrate National Rocky Road Day today!

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How to celebrate – Have a bowl of Rocky Road ice cream. Make your own Rocky Road ice cream. Make a Rocky Road flag to fly outside your house.

June 2nd National Rocky Road Day

What is more refreshing on a lazy summer afternoon than a nice cool bowl of ice cream?  What is more fun than roasting a marshmallow over an open fire on a warm summer evening?  What snack goes better than crunching on walnuts or almonds any time you want?  How about putting them altogether and serving them at the same time!?!

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Well that’s exactly what William Dreyer did in 1929 when he took his wife’s scissors and cut up marshmallows and nuts and mixed them into his ice cream. Some say he used a new candy bar his partner had come up with containing chocolate, marshmallows and walnuts. Either way, Rocky Road ice cream was invented – although it wasn’t called that yet.

Fenton Creamery claims that Dreyer stole the idea from George Farren, one of their employees who had apparently come up with his own candy bar with the same ingredients. They claimed the only difference was that Dreyer and Edy had used almonds instead of walnuts. Perhaps had I been around back then, I would have come up with that candy bar since it wasn’t exactly rocket science.

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Anyway, Dreyer’s Ice Cream caught on, particularly right after Wall Street crashed later in 1929. That was when Dreyer became inspired and called his invention, Rocky Road ice cream. The thing I find odd is that history goes on to show that Dreyer and Edy became two different ice cream companies and both make Rocky Road!  Go figure.

How to celebrate: Go enjoy a bowl of ice cream, guess it better be Rocky Road for the sake of this holiday. Try making your own flavor of ice cream from last night’s left-overs – Say, steamed broccoli and meatloaf ice cream. Start your own ice cream company, seems like everybody else back then did.