Whether you are a kid or just a kid at heart, sometimes there is no better way to end a summer meal than with a big bowl of rich, creamy ice cream. If you've planned ahead, nothing pleases a crowd like homemade, but if you're strapped for time, dress up store-bought ice cream with an array of unusual toppings. I can guarantee you won't hear a single complaint.
If you are tired of serving traditional toppings and crave something beyond the usual sprinkles and chocolate syrup, or if you are looking for some more grown-up flavor pairings, you are in luck. I racked my brain for interesting ingredients that will take your sundae bar to the next level. You might have some of these items squirreled away in your pantry, others you may have to find online, and a few you'll just have to whip up yourself, but I promise they are quick and painless.
I'm sure I missed a few, so I'd love to hear — what are your most unique ice cream combinations? Please share!
30 Interesting & Unusual Ice Cream Toppings
Serves a crowd
Assorted fresh fruit (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, mango, peaches)
Candied lemon peel
Vanilla fleur de sel
Unsweetened coconut, toasted
Graham cracker crumbs
Edible lavender florets
Nut brittle, broken into pieces
Salted Spanish peanuts
Good-quality olive oil
Grade B maple syrup
Organic date syrup
Ice cream flavors:
Goat's milk vanilla
Favorite Ice Cream Sundae Combinations:
- Vanilla ice cream, lemon curd, blueberries
- Vanilla ice cream, maple syrup, toasted pepitas
- Vanilla ice cream, peach preserves, fresh peaches
- Goat's milk vanilla ice cream, olive oil, fleur de sel
- Chocolate ice cream, feuilletine, chocolate pearls
- Coffee ice cream, coffee jelly, cocoa nibs
- Coconut ice cream, crushed gingersnaps, crystalized ginger
- Strawberry ice cream, balsamic, dried strawberries, graham cracker crumbs
- Peanut butter ice cream, warmed Nutella, peanut brittle
- Caramel ice cream, caramel corn, Spanish peanuts
- Macadamia nut ice cream, pineapple compote, toasted coconut
- Lemon sorbet, lavender florets, candied lemon peel
This post was requested by Sarah Janester for Reader Request Week 2013.