Did you know the average American eats around 23 pounds of ice cream every year? And surveys show an ice cream sundae is one of the most popular ways to eat this frozen delight.
Whether you are a fan of hot fudge or clammer for caramel, constructing the perfect sundae is a matter of personal taste and experimentation. In this article, we’ll share a fantastic recipe for homemade ice cream for the best ice cream sundae before discussing toppings and special additions.
Start with Homemade Ice Cream at the Bottom
The one thing we can all agree on is starting with a scoop (or three) of homemade ice cream is worth screaming about. Here is a quick and easy recipe for vanilla ice cream:
- 4 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Begin by whisking the yolks and sugar together until smooth. Then, pour milk into a saucepan and heat over medium-low heat. Just as the milk begins to simmer, add the egg and sugar mixture gradually, stirring constantly. Heat the mixture until it reaches 165º F, remove from heat, and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Once it has chilled, you’ll be ready to add the cream and vanilla. From there, you’ll need an ice cream maker to take it the rest of the way.
According to ranker.com, the top five most popular ice cream sundae toppings are as follows:
2. Chocolate syrup
3. Brownie bits
4. Whipped cream
5. Caramel syrup
Need creative ideas on how to stack your favorite toppings? Cravings Ice Cream and Somerset Scoops in Bellflower are both masters at designing the ultimate frozen indulgence. For a refreshing twist, try adding fresh berries or pineapple on top of vanilla ice cream. Or use fruit puree as a sauce.
Throw in a Homemade Baked Cookie Treat
The sad thing about ice cream sundaes is that they are gone too soon. By adding a fun ice cream sundae cookie, you can savor dessert a little longer. Head over to Half Baked Harvest for a delicious recipe for ice cream sundae cookies.
Few things say summer more deliciously than ice cream sundaes. And with so many tasty topping ideas, the only thing holding you back from creating the ultimate frozen creation is your imagination.