A scoop of sweet, creamy ice cream is a common dessert, especially on hot summer days, and it can be transformed by a multitude of toppings. A traditional hot fudge sundae is usually topped with chocolate fudge, whipped cream, sprinkles, and a maraschino cherry, but there are hundreds of other sundae combinations.
Pour It On
There are many options beyond traditional chocolate sauce. Delicious items to pour over ice cream include caramel sauce, strawberry or blueberry syrup, butterscotch syrup, Magic Shell sauce that hardens, maple syrup, warmed peanut butter, or marshmallow crème.
A Sweet Treat
Ice cream can be topped with a variety of your favorite candies or sweets. You can use chocolate chips, chocolate-covered raisins or coffee beans, or chocolate bars that are cut into bite size pieces. Many bars pair well with ice cream, such as Kit Kats, Butterfingers, Crunch bars, Mr. Goodbars, and 3 Musketeers. Small candies are also good toppings, including Nerds, Pop Rocks, Skittles, M & Ms, Heath toffee bits, gummy bears, candy corn, and mini marshmallows. Small Red Hots add a kick that contrasts the sweetness of the ice cream. For a sinfully sweet treat, try wet walnuts. If you like a salty and sweet mix, top the ice cream with salted peanuts or pretzel sticks.
It is common to put a scoop of ice cream alongside another dessert, but why not mix the 2 into 1 sundae? Cookie dough (minus the eggs) or crushed cookies make delectable toppings. For a fruit pie sundae, add pie filling, chopped nuts, and a crumb topping or crushed graham crackers. A cinnamon roll sundae consists of cinnamon ice cream topped with caramel sauce, sugar glaze, and chopped toasted pecans. To make the glaze, combine 1 tablespoon melted butter, 1 cup powdered sugar, and 1 tablespoon milk.
Mix It Up
There is no rule that says a topping absolutely has to go on top. You can take a cue from ice cream parlors and mix the toppings with the ice cream. Chopped frozen fruits, candied nuts, chocolate pieces, candies, and crushed cookies make scrumptious mix-ins. Ground coffee, powdered Kool Aid, and spices work as well, including cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice.
A Serving of Good Health
Just because it’s dessert does not mean it all has to be fattening and sugar-laden. Ice cream can be topped with a variety of healthy items like chopped nuts and fruits. Consider walnuts, pecans, almonds, peanuts, cashews, and pistachios. As for fruits, berries, bananas, stone fruits, and citrus fruits are just a few of the tasty choices. These can be fresh, frozen, or canned, and jellies and preserves work just as well. One example of a healthier combination is a tropical sundae. Top vanilla ice cream with shredded coconut, chopped macadamia nuts, and crushed pineapple or pineapple preserves.
Sundae topping options are limited only by your imagination, so this list is just a starting point to get you thinking about the mouth-watering possibilities. You can mix-and-match any of your favorite sauces, candies, nuts, or fruits to find your favorite combinations, or think outside the box with popcorn or your favorite cereal. The most important part is to enjoy your sundae.