Take the Cake: Bite-sized Inspiration for the Savvy Baker

Sundaes? Sundaes.

Sundaes sure are delicious! And versatile too. There are so many gloriously creamy, crunchy, chewy combinations, it’s not always easy to decide what to add. To set up a DIY sundae bar, you’ll need spoons, ice cream scoops, a large bowl filled with ice, 20 small bowls for toppings (the more the merrier!), small cups for serving, and a few containers to hold your cones. Here are some tips on how to maximize your sundae-building experience and have an ice cream bar so delectable you’ll see it in your dreams for the next week!

Ice cream, you scream

You need some options for the base of your sundae. You can never go wrong with the essential chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla but other flavors such as mint chocolate chip, pistachio, and coffee also serve as fun alternatives. You can even throw in a couple of flavors that are more adventurous, like pineapple-coconut or green tea by Häagen-Dazs.


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Toppings: Go Nuts!

Keep in mind all nut allergies but if you can, go all out with the nuts! Walnuts, peanuts, almonds, pistachios, cashews, hazelnuts…the list goes on and on. Pick your favorites to add to your DIY sundae bar.


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Toppings: Candy crush

Make a candy bar out of your candy bars. Almond Joy, Butterfinger, Kit Kat, Snickers, and 3 Musketeers are all fine suitors. Heath bars also have a solid crunch, as well as Pay Day bars and Oreos. All you have to do is crumble the candy bars and put them into individual bowls.


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Toppings: Bite sized

Have toppings such as Skittles, Reese’s Pieces, and M&Ms (with or without nuts) all on hand to liven up your sundae bar. For some extra tasty options, you can add brownie bites, marshmallows, and mini York Peppermint Patties to the menu.


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Toppings: Chewy goodness

Gummy bears, gummy worms, anything gummy works here! There are also the classic Swedish Fish. The pair was meant to be: there is no other taste like fruity gummies in your favorite flavor of ice cream!


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Toppings: Fruity fun

Keep your fruit toppings light and fun. Strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries are pretty standard as far as berries go. Did you know that bananas are technically berries too? So you can add those to the list but be sure to cut them right before your sundae feast so they are still fresh. Feel free to go a little tropical with mango and kiwi, by the way.


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Syrup Heaven

Oh yes, you read correctly. It’s time to talk about syrups and sauces. If you want to go right for it, lay on the hot fudge! Nutella will also work well here. As far as syrupy toppings go, you can always depend on chocolate, strawberry, and marshmallow. Or, make your own caramel glaze.


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Get your chomp on with a cone. While cake cones and waffle cones complement any ice cream flawlessly, sugar cones have just the right amount of sweetness and crunch!


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other sundae gifAnd don’t forget the whipped cream, sprinkles, and cherry on top!

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