William Dreyer made his first frozen dessert to celebrate his
German ship's arrival in America.
Dreyer partnered with candy-maker Joseph Edy, and to.. read moregether
they founded a small ice cream factory on Grand Avenue in
Dreyer added walnuts (later replaced with almonds) to his
chocolate ice cream and, using his wife's sewing shears, cut
marshmallows into bite-sized pieces to make the first batch of
Rocky Road, a name that gave people something to smile about
in the face of the Great Depression.
Edy and Dreyer agreed to dissolve their partnership. In 1953,
Dreyer retired and his son, affectionately known as Junior, took
over management of the company. Edy returned to the candy-