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Rocky Road Ice Cream

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + cooling Process: 20 min./batch + freezing

Makes

about 4-1/2 quarts

My daughters always want to put this rocky road ice cream in cones just like the ice cream shops do. We especially like the marshmallows, chocolate chips and chopped pecans. Sometimes we even add extra chips on top...and whipped cream, too. -Dale Langford Atwater, California
Rocky Road Ice Cream Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups half-and-half cream
  • 9 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2-3/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2-1/4 cups miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 6 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, combine milk and half-and-half; heat to 175°. Add chocolate, sugar and salt; stir until chocolate is melted and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.
  2. Quickly transfer to a large bowl; place bowl in a pan of ice water. Stir gently and occasionally for 2 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients. Press plastic wrap onto surface of custard. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Fill cylinder of ice cream freezer two-thirds full; freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions. (Refrigerate remaining mixture until ready to freeze.) Transfer ice cream to freezer containers, allowing headspace for expansion. Freeze 2-4 hours or until firm. Repeat with remaining ice cream mixture.

Rocky Road Ice Cream Tips

What variations can I make on this rocky road ice cream recipe?

You can make many variations on this ice cream! Check out our collection of rocky road recipes.

What equipment do I need for this ice cream recipe?

This recipe calls for freezer containers and an ice cream maker, but you can also prepare this recipe without an ice cream maker.

How long does homemade rocky road ice cream last?

Store homemade ice cream in the freezer in an airtight container with a piece of plastic wrap or waxed paper pressed directly onto the surface for up to two months. This will prevent ice crystals from forming. Get more recipes for frozen desserts. Research contributed by Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 340 calories, 24g fat (13g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 88mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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