Chocolate syrup and whipped cream are iconic, but admittedly somewhat boring, ice cream sundae toppings. Next time you decide you’d like a homemade ice cream sundae, why not be creative and try some of these great unique ice cream sundae toppings.
For a deliciously refreshing sundae, unwrap a handful of peppermint or spearmint hard candy mints. If you have a pestle, this would be the ideal way to grind them into a crunchy candy coating. If not, there are many ways to crush the candies. You can put them in a ziplock bag and use a meat tenderizer to crush them, or you can simply crush them with the back of a wooden spoon. When you have made your candies into a minty dust, sprinkle over ice cream for a yummy topping – and don’t limit yourself to vanilla. This ice cream sundae topping is equally delicious over chocolate, mint, or a number of other refreshing flavors.
If you like the idea of a crunchy coating but aren’t into mint, you can try a crumbly cookie sundae topping. Pick crowd-pleasing favorites like Oreos or fudge stripes, or go for something with a gourmet spin to it like an amaretto cookie. You can easily crush cookies using an edge/ back of an appropriate spoon. This topping, depending on the cookies you choose, can be a great topping for almost any flavor of ice cream. Try Oreo cookies over strawberry ice cream, and then try to find your own delicious combinations.
If you’re in the mood to try something gourmet, consider some candied flowers, like candied violets from kalustyans.com. These sugary petals are put a unique spin on any ice cream sundae. They’re great for a fancy after-dinner dessert if you’re entertaining guests.
Nuts are not a very original ice cream topping, but those boring nuts usually come in the form of unidentifiable “chopped nuts” that are kind of bland anyway. Instead of that, why not try halves of some more unusual nut choices, like pistachios, cashews, or macadamia nuts.
Chocolate syrup is one topping that will probably never be replaced, but something that can add the same sweetness in a different way is jam. If you have a local cannery, browse the shelves for unique flavors. Otherwise some good old-fashion strawberry jam will do the trick.
Don’t be limited by cliché ice cream sundae toppings. Try some of these delicious and exciting options on your next scoop or two.
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