Summer calls for ice cold treats – including ice cream sundaes. And, since July is National Ice Cream month, it’s time to dig in to your favorite flavors and toppings. We’d never argue with hot fudge, maraschino cherries, caramel sauce or whipped cream with sprinkles.
The top 5 most common toppings for sundaes are:
- Chocolate syrup
- Chocolate sprinkles
- Multicolor sprinkles
- Whipped cream
But – an ice cream sundae is a blank canvas that’s begging for some delicious add-ons and mix-ins. They’re great for parties because everyone can make their own creation and you don’t have to do anything except lay out the options and plenty of spoons!
Here are some of the best creative toppings for sundaes.
Your favorite cookies are great toppings for sundaes. Oreos, Thin Mints, shortbread, vanilla wafers – you name it, it’s great on a sundae. You can also play around with pairing different cookies with different ice cream flavors as well. You can also crumble up cookies as fine or chunky as you like.
Add Candy to Your Sundae
The candy aisle at Coborn’s and CobornsDelivers is full of ideas for your next sundae bar. Whoppers, Gummy Bears, M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, Heath bars, Junior Mints – they all make for great additions to your favorite ice cream. Crushed candy canes (if you have some left over from Christmas) are also great in vanilla or chocolate ice cream. Want something for the grownups? Try chopping up chocolate covered espresso beans for a coffee-flavored kick to dessert.
Let Them Eat Cake – In Their Sundaes
One way to make a unique sundae is to add pieces of pound cake, angel food cake or even chocolate cake to your bowl of ice cream. Brownies are always great to cut up and mix into your sundae. It’s a nice way to break up the texture of ice cream and add great flavors at the same time.
Fruit syrups are available in so many flavors now – from strawberry to raspberry to blueberry to boysenberry! Add in some freshly sliced fruit and you can create a sundae that just tastes like summer. Love pineapple? Add some chunks of this fruit and shaved coconut to vanilla ice cream for a sundae that will transport you to the tropics. Take advantage of the summer cherries and pair this fruit with chocolate chips to create your own version of Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia.
Savory Sundae Toppings
If you love sweet and salty treats or lean to savory foods as your favorites – there are some wonderful ways to add savory flavors to a sundae. Peanut butter and jelly go well with vanilla ice cream. Or how about adding some crushed pretzels to a caramel ice cream? If you have a really great vanilla bean ice cream – try drizzling just a little bit of high-quality, extra virgin olive oil on top. Add in some sea salt to bring out the sweet creaminess of the ice cream and thank us later.
One savory ingredient that’s making headlines for dessert is bacon. Our Minnesota State Fair has featured chocolate-covered bacon and will have bacon ice cream this year. If you want to dabble in this combination – it’s simple. Fry up some slices of bacon (thick cut if possible). Crumble the bacon over some of your favorite vanilla ice cream and drizzle some real maple syrup on top. Dig in and let us know what you think!
No matter what you’re scooping – you can find everything at Coborn’s and CobornsDelivers. From ice cream to sorbet to cones to the ingredients for a great root beer float – we’ll help you cool off in this summer heat. What’s your favorite ice cream topping?
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