Best Ice Cream Sundae

Best Ice Cream Sundae

Can't you just picture it - hot fudge dripping down a peak of snow-white ice cream, topped with all your favorites.  It's the world's best ice cream sundae!  From banana splits to nuts and cherries, this sundae puts them all to shame.  So get that ice cream scoop and get ready - a magnificent ice cream treat awaits.

Make it Your Own
Classic ice cream sundaes involve hot fudge, caramel, or chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream, and toppings like nuts, cherries, and bananas.  That's good, but it's a little boring.  What makes this ice cream sundae special is that you're going to add your own personal twist.  As you get ready to buy your ingredients, think about what you really like best.  Is it vanilla ice cream or a different flavor?  Do you long for a different type of sauce, like lemon or pineapple?  If you aren't so keen on peanuts, maybe candied pecans or cashews would be better.  And if cherries aren't your bag, by all means, don't include them in your sundae.

Consider Flavor Pairings
Some flavor combinations are classic, like peanut butter and jelly, because the saltiness of the peanut butter balances the sweetness of the jelly.  Consider putting together that kind of combination in your sundae.  Great combos include chocolate and orange, chocolate and mint, caramel and salted nuts, peach and vanilla, strawberries and cream, tropical fruit blends, and lemon-lime.  If one of these pairings is your very favorite, see if you can make it a part of your sundae.  For instance, if chocolate and orange is your favorite, you could use orange ice cream or sherbet, fudge sauce, and mandarin orange slices as a topping.  Mmmm!

Plan your sundae before you shop, so you can gather all the right ingredients.  If you're serving a family or a crowd, be sure to get a variety so everyone will find something they like.  And don't forget the staples - ice cream and a rich topping.

Hard ice cream is richer and more satisfying than soft serve.  Also, there's no reason your ice cream has to be vanilla.  Remember, most flavors blend well with chocolate.

Scoop your ice cream into a bowl and pour or spoon on the sauce.  If you can, preheat the sauce in the microwave.  Sprinkle on toppings and dig in!