Today is National Rocky Road Day.
Rocky Road is a candy that was first invented in mid-nineteenth century Australia. As an ice cream, though, that was pure American ingenuity. In 1929, ice cream maker William Dreyer teamed up with candy maker Joseph Edy to create the original Rocky Road ice cream.
Why the name Rocky Road, you ask. Well, the stock market crashed in late October, and Dreyer and Edy wanted “to give folks something to smile about in the midst of the Great Depression.” Hence the name Rocky Road, to acknowledge the rocky times the country was experiencing.
Almost a century later, we are again experiencing “rocky” times. So, bring a smile to your face and have a bowl of Rocky Road ice cream. Take your mind off your troubles for a moment and enjoy the chocolate, marshmallow, and almond confection.