Homemade Rocky Road Ice Cream - rich chocolate ice cream with marshmallows, chocolate chunks and almonds. Reduced Sugar.

Rock Their World with This Easy Reduced Sugar Rocky Road Ice Cream

Summer is here, unofficially at least, which means it is time for ice cream! Unless you live in my house, then it is always time for ice cream no matter what the weather is outside. In honor of National Rocky Road Day on June 2nd, I thought I would make some Reduced Sugar Rocky Road Ice Cream this past week.

Homemade Rocky Road Ice Cream - rich chocolate ice cream with marshmallows, chocolate chunks and almonds. Reduced Sugar.

There is some debate about the origins of “Rocky Road” and what it originally consists of. Some say it started in Australia as a way to sell chocolate and nuts that didn’t fair so well in transport – named Rocky Road because of its journey across the ocean to Australia. Dreyer’s Ice Cream claims it’s founder invented it and named it because of the Rocky Road people had to deal with after the 1929 stock market crash and subsequent Great Depression. Does it matter? It is delicious no matter how it got started.

Here in the US it is traditionally chocolate candy (or ice cream) with mini marshmallows and nuts. Aussies add coconut and glace cherries. In the UK, cookies (biscuits) are added. What kind of nuts to use can turn into a debate.

The great thing about making your own ice cream is YOU CAN ADD WHAT YOU WANT! I went with marshmallows, raw almonds and some dark chocolate.

I simplified the recipe from many I saw out there and added only half and half instead of part whole milk and part cream. This made the recipe “fatter”, but also simpler for me. Since we are quickly approaching swim suit season I used a stevia baking blend, which has 75% less sugar in it. Use sugar, use your favorite no calorie sweetener, whatever you prefer.

I have an old version of this ice cream maker. Just freeze the insert, pour in the ice cream mix and turn the handle ever few minutes. It works like a dream and since it doesn’t need electricity it has lasted for decades!

But, like the ingredients, use whatever ice cream maker you like best.

Reduced Sugar Rocky Road Ice Cream

Prep time3 hours, 30 minutes
Cook time10 minutes
Total time3 hours, 40 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Occasion Summer
Reduced Sugar Rocky Road Ice Cream - homemade rich chocolate ice cream with added chocolate, marshmallows and nuts.


  • 1/2 cup stevia/sugar baking blend (or 1 cup sugar or the equivalent of low calorie sweetener of choice)
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 cups half and half (divided use - or 1 1/2 cups whole milk and 1 cup heavy cream)
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/3 cup bite sized chocolate chunks (milk, semi sweet or dark chocolate)
  • 1/3 cup chopped nuts (almonds, peanuts, walnuts, etc.)


Preparation time includes a minimum 1 hour of chilling time before freezing and 2 hours afterwards.


In a medium saucepan, whisk together cocoa and sugar until blended.
Add 1 1/2 cups half and half (or the milk if using milk/cream combo) and the eggs whisking until smooth.
Heat over medium heat until custard begins to thicken. Remove from heat and let cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
Slowly add remaining 1 cup half and half (or cream if using) and vanilla, whisking continuously until smooth. Refrigerate until cold (at least one hour).
Freeze in ice cream freezer per manufacturer's direction, adding marshmallows, nuts and chocolate in the last 5 minutes of churning. Freeze at least 2 hours until hard.

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7 thoughts on “Rock Their World with This Easy Reduced Sugar Rocky Road Ice Cream”

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