Tuesday, May 27, 2014

How to Celebrate National Rocky Road Day

June 2nd is National Rocky Road Day and no one loves chocolate ice cream with toasted almonds and mini marshmallows more than this Chick!  This morning on WNCN Today I shared a few good excuses to throw a party or make dessert a little more fun:

·      Ice Cream Buffet
o   Rocky Road Your Way. Who doesn’t love a buffet, especially an ice cream buffet?  Let your guests make their own Rocky Road ice cream by setting up a Rocky Road Your Way Buffet.  Put out chocolate ice cream, mini marshmallows and toasted almond slices and let your guests mix their perfectly portioned Rocky Road.  You can even go a little crazy and include walnuts, peanuts, chocolate covered almonds or marshmallow cream sauce as a fun twist on the traditional.  TIP:  Don’t forget to have plenty of ice on hand to keep the ice cream cold, and a cup of warm water to dip your ice cream scoop in to make the ice cream easier to scoop.

·      Ice Cream Pie
o   Rocky Road Pie. One of the easiest summer desserts you can make is an ice cream pie.  Yes, it takes a little prep time, but it really couldn’t be easier.  Simply pick up a carton of Rocky Road ice cream and a pre-made chocolate or graham cracker piecrust at the store.  The morning of the party (or even a day or two before), let the ice cream soften on the kitchen counter for ~1hr then spoon the ice cream into the pie shell.  Place the pie in the freezer for at least 1-2 hours to harden and you will have the perfect Rocky Road Ice Cream Pie!  Don’t forget you’ll need to thaw the pie for 10-15min before cutting it.  TIP: Add a decorative touch by sprinkling marshmallows and almonds on top.

·      A Semi-Homemade Brownie
o   Rocky Road Brownies.  Making the perfect Rocky Road Brownie is actually quite easy; all you need is your favorite brownie mix, mini marshmallows and toasted almond slices.  Mix your brownies as directed, add 1 cup of toasted almond slices and ½ cup of marshmallows and bake as directed.  1-2 minutes before the brownies are done, sprinkle a few extra mini marshmallows on top for some extra color. 
Cookies for the Non-Cook :-)

o   Rocky Road Cookies.  Good news for all of you non-cooks out there, you can still celebrate National Rocky Road Day in style with a quick trip to your local PDQ!  PDQ has delicious individually wrapped Rocky Road cookies that you can pick up with dinner on June 2nd for a perfectly easy celebration. 

Fun random fact: Rocky Road Ice Cream was invented in 1929 in Oakland, CA (near where I grew up!) by Dreyer’s (known on the East Coast as Edy’s) Ice Cream. Authentic Rocky Road ice cream includes mini marshmallow and toasted almonds, period.  But I’m a bit of a purist ;-)

For all of my tips pick up your own copy of my Tips for the Clueless Chick books and following the Clueless Chick on Facebook and Twitter.

Tune in next week for tips on how to pull off dinner at the pool for all of you swim team parents or pool lovers!  

Until next time,
aka Chick #1

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