In the United States, a flavor described as "rocky road" traditionally combines chocolate, nuts, and marshmallows. The exact origin of this flavor combination is debated, but some claim it actually hails from Australia back in the 1800s. It is said that rocky road was created as a way to sell confections that had spoiled after the long trip from Europe. They were mixed with nuts and chocolate to disguise the flavor. The new treat then got its name from the rocky road travelers would take to reach the Australian gold mines.
When making rocky road ice cream, start with a chocolate base, then feel free to add your favorite mix-ins to create the signature texture and flavor combination. Here, miniature marshmallows, dark chocolate chunks, and chopped almonds were used for a classic flavor combo. However, a swirl of marshmallow fluff, semisweet chocolate chips, and any variety of your favorite nuts are also delicious alternatives.
- 2 packets unflavored gelatin
- 3 cups cold milk, divided
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 eggs
- 6 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 package chocolate instant pudding mix
- 3 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups miniature marshmallows
- 1 cup dark chocolate chunks (or semisweet chocolate chips)
- 1 cup toasted chopped almonds
Gather the ingredients.
In a small bowl, soften the gelatin in 1/2 cup of the cold milk.
In a large saucepan, gently warm up 1 1/2 cups of the milk.
Add gelatin mixture to the warmed milk, stirring well.
Whisk in the sugar and salt.
Whisk in the eggs.
Add the cream, chocolate pudding mix, vanilla, and remaining 1 cup milk. Simmer, stirring constantly, until the mixture has thickened. Do not boil.
Allow the ice cream base to cool. Pour into an airtight container and chill in the refrigerator at least 8 hours before churning.
Before churning, in a medium bowl combine, miniature marshmallows, dark chocolate chunks, and chopped almonds.
When ready to prepare the ice cream, churn according to the manufacturer’s directions.
About 15 minutes into the churning process, add the marshmallow combination to the mixture.
Spoon the churned ice cream into a freezer safe container. Freeze until set, at least 2 to 4 hours. Scoop and enjoy!
- Most ice cream makers for home use come with bowls that need to be set in the freezer overnight before churning ice cream. These bowls have double-insulated walls with coolants in between. When you are ready to churn the ice cream, the bowl is taken from the freezer and immediately set up with the dasher, locked into place, and the prepared ice cream mixture is added. The motor is then turned on and the churning begins.
- Freezing homemade ice cream is a two-step process: churning and ripening. After the chilled custard base has been churned, it will have a looser, soft-serve texture. To achieve a scoopable consistency, the ice cream now needs to go through a process called ripening. The flavor improves and the product melts more slowly when it has ripened. Spoon the churned ice cream into an airtight freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 2 to 4 hours or up to overnight. It's worth the wait!