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The Chilling History of Ice Cream

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Uncover the sweet saga behind Rocky Road ice cream. We dive into this iconic treat’s roots and discover how the tumultuous 1920s, Prohibition, and World War II all played a pivotal role in transforming ice cream into the ultimate American comfort food. From humble beginnings to becoming a nationwide sensation, explore how Rocky Road became not just a flavor, but a symbol of resilience and indulgence in the face of adversity.

Thank you to Juliet Pries, owner of The Ice Cream Bar, for sharing her rocky road ice cream with marshmallow fluff.

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Read more:
Who Invented Rocky Road ice cream? It’s complicated.
How Ice Cream Helped America at War
Thomas Jefferson’s Original Ice Cream Recipe

About Beyond The Menu:
The story of the food on your plate is more than just the recipe. Each ingredient and every cooking technique goes back hundreds if not thousands of years, traversing the globe on a wildly delicious cross-cultural adventure. In KQED’s new digital food series Beyond The Menu, host Cecilia Phillips interviews chefs, authors, and other experts to dig up surprising facts on the cultural pathways of today’s trendiest dishes. It’s a history show, it’s a mystery series, it’s a celebration of multicultural cuisine, sometimes it’s even a science program, all set against the backdrop of mouth-watering food cinematography.


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