Rocky road ice cream recipe

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Rocky road ice cream is perfect if you're a rocky road or ice cream lover - you simply won't be able to resist this gooey dish.

Tub of rocky road ice cream
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Preparation Time20 mins (plus freezing time
Cooking Time
Total Time20 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories615 Kcal31%
Fat23 g33%
Saturated Fat14 g70%

Rocky road ice cream is the perfect summer treat for the kids – and grow-ups too.

Packed full of marshmallows, digestive biscuits and melt-in-the-mouth chocolate, this gooey dish is such a crowd-pleaser. You don't need an ice cream maker to make this, but you will need to beat it a few times while it is freezing, to prevent ice crystals from forming. Feel free to add any bits of chocolates or sweets that you love to personalise the ice cream and make it even more delicious, but don't miss out the marshmallows: one of the cornerstones of any rocky road recipe. You can serve it in ice-cream cones, which can be especially fun (but also messier) for the kids, or just in little bowls. Great for a sweet and refreshing treat after a summertime barbecue.


  • 397-405g can condensed milk
  • 150g dark chocolate, melted
  • 500g carton ready-to-eat custard
  • 200g milk chocolate chunks
  • 150g plain chocolate digestive biscuits, roughly crushed
  • 200g packet mini marshmallows
  • Ice-cream cones, to serve




  1. Pour the condensed milk into a bowl and add the melted plain chocolate and mix well, then stir in the custard. Pour the mixture into a freezer-proof container and freeze until it starts to set.
  2. Remove from the freezer and beat well. Stir in the chocolate chunks, digestive biscuits and marshmallows and then freeze until solid.
  3. Remove ice-cream from the freezer about 10-15 mins before serving, to allow it to soften. Scoop into ice-cream cones to serve

Top tip for making rocky road ice cream

If you can’t find mini marshmallows, you can use larger ones. Snip them into smaller pieces using damp scissors.

Why isn't my rocky road ice cream creamy enough?

It may not have a high enough fat content. Don't skimp yourself on this recipe by using a diet version of custard. It's meant to be a treat, so make sure it really is one.

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Octavia Lillywhite
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Octavia Lillywhite is an award-winning food and lifestyle journalist with over 15 years of experience. With a passion for creating beautiful, tasty family meals that don’t use hundreds of ingredients or anything you have to source from obscure websites, she’s a champion of local and seasonal foods, using up leftovers and composting, which, she maintains, is probably the most important thing we all can do to protect the environment.