Ice Cream Sundaes: What's Your Approach?

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There are ice cream sundaes and then there are ice cream sundaes. You know the ones: the interesting, inspired sundaes that boast fancy toppings, delicious sauces and homemade whipped cream. These aren't usually the ones we make at home, but I so appreciate a well-crafted sundae and thought we should take a moment to discuss how to put together a memorable one — how to really craft one. 

I started thinking about how to craft a good sundae while over at a friend's house last week. Our friends have a Sundae Night tradition once a week where they really do it up: they get a jar of either homemade hot fudge or caramel sauce, the kids raid the bulk bins of the grocery store that afternoon for toppings (like roasted peanuts, little marshmallows and cacao nibs) and everything's topped off with homemade, fluffy whipped cream. 

When you put this much time into your ingredients, it's important to show them off, so the kids spent a great deal of time perfectly layering their toppings onto the ice cream (there were three noticeable layers) and selecting the proper bowl to show them off (glass was best so you could see it all). 

We came home and discussed our sundae tactics, so now I'm wondering: what's your approach? Are you a simple ice cream lover or do you go to town crafting the perfect sundae? 

(Images: Nealey Dozier)

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