What’s better than the taste of cold ice cream on a sweltering summer day? Creamy and sweet, ice cream is a favorite of kids and adults alike. Sure, we love ice cream any time of year, but when the sun is out and the weather is hot, the cool confection really hits the spot.
It’s fun to go out to the ice cream parlor and sit down for a scoop or wave down the ice cream truck for a soft serve swirl, but making sundaes at home is something special to do with the kids.
Here are some ideas for DIY sundaes that will make everyone’s mouths water. As an afternoon snack or after-dinner dessert, these delicious treats will delight. Grab your spoon and dig in!
When it comes to sundaes, it’s all about the toppings. Whether your base is basic vanilla or something more complex, the toppings take the dish to the next level. The tried and true topping like rainbow sprinkles, hot fudge, and crushed nuts are always tasty, but why not experiment with some less common concoctions? How about dried fruit bits, chocolate covered raisins, coconut flakes, dry breakfast cereal, or even gummy candies? Drizzle with rich caramel sauce or a squeeze of golden honey. Whipped cream is a classic, but swap it out for marshmallow fluff for more fun. The options are endless, so mix and match for the flavor combinations you crave.
The Bowl Made Better
You can serve your sundaes in an ice cream dish or a regular bowl, but before you add your scoops, create a “bottom floor” for an unexpected layer of flavor and texture. For instance, you can coat the bottom of the bowl with chocolate syrup or peanut butter sauce. Try super thin slices of strawberry or melon. You can go all out and prepare the sundae on top of an ooey gooey brownie or soft warm chocolate chip cookie. For those who love a savory-sweet combination, layer the bottom with mini pretzel twists or potato chips. There is no shortage of lip-smacking ideas to test out.
Of course, sundaes aren’t for everyday snacking, but as a special treat, why not indulge?
What are your kids’ favorite sundae combinations?
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By: Melissa A. Kay