Tuesday, June 2, 2009

National Rocky Road Day

June 2, 2009, is "National Rocky Road Day" in the USA. This is one of many fun, and I suspect business created, holidays that populate any number of annual lists. Sisters and Brothers, your Chocolate Priestess will only mention those that relate directly or indirectly to chocolate. If you wish to mark these dates by using the Sacred Substance in some fashion please make sure your cocoa product relates strongly to the day and that you use it in moderation, paying attention to all your senses as you do so.

Dreyer's Ice Cream claims parentship of Rocky Road ice cream in 1929 by William Dreyer. Another ice cream and candy manufacturer, Fentons, claims it had a "rocky road" candy bar that it was all ready mixing into it's frozen dairy treat when Dreyer "borrowed" the idea. As often happens in food history, figuring out the true origins is difficult at best so I mention both claims here for you each to weigh.

That original flavor consisted of milk chocolate ice cream, almonds, and marshmallows but today some ice creams calling themselves "rocky road" use vanilla ice cream and pieces of chocolate. Frankly, Sisters and Brothers, if you decide to honor today by eating some Rocky Road ice cream choose which ever gives your senses the greatest satisfaction.

Sisters and Brothers, may you too take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.

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4 comments:

Weight Watchers Chic said...

Not eating any Rocky Road today -but it is my favorite (well at least in the top 3!)

TheChocolatePriestess said...

Me, neither. I'd need to share to maintain my motto of moderation that I both preach and practice. The White Chocolate Acolyte does not like nuts and the Milk Chocolate Acolyte is allergic. But I do hope others get a chance to eat some today.

happytummy said...

aakkk! i'm three days late, but just have to chime in--love rocky road! :) thanks for the history behind it...very interesting!

TheChocolatePriestess said...

Thank you for reading, happytummy. It's so inspiring to see comments.

I like the traditional rocky road with the chocolate ice cream best myself.

There is another "chocolate holiday" coming up very soon that I'll talk about again and I'll try to reveal some more historical information, whatever I can find and evaluate as worth sharing.