It seems we have the Aussies to thank for Rocky Road. Back in 1853 merchants needed a way to sell goods, especially confections (expensive candy) that was damaged in the long transport to Australia. At that time there was a gold rush in the Melbourne area so there were many wealthy, but unsophisticated men in the area. Local merchants took advantage of the newly rich and uneducated palates. They combined their damaged chocolate with marshmallows, nuts and other fillers and sold it to the public as - you guessed it - Rocky Road. The name was a tip of the hat to the rocky road of travel the chocolate and other ingredients travelled from vendor to the waiting taste buds of consumers.