Rocky road ice cream dates back to the Great Depression, when this ice cream combination was named "rocky road" to put a smile on the consumer's face during tough times. Even today, I'm pretty sure a spoonful of homemade rocky road ice cream is bound to put a smile on just about anyone.
This is a custard-based ice cream, so the final product is exceptionally creamy — but for great texture, pay attention when you are cooking the eggs, since with just a little too much heat it can curdle in a flash. For the chocoholic in me, I added extra chocolate chips to the traditional marshmallows and pecans. Put a smile on your face when you keep reading for the recipe.
2 cups heavy cream Makes about 1 quart.
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
5 large egg yolks
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate (at least 60% cacao), chopped and melted
1/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
1/3 cup mini marshmallows
1/3 cup toasted chopped pecans
1/3 cup bite-size chocolate chunks
2 cups heavy cream
Makes about 1 quart.