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Jazz up a classic sundae with these creative and adorable improvisations
Jazz up your classic sundae with these delicious variations.
A classic sundae is just ice cream, a flavored sauce, whipped cream, and a cherry, and it’s hard to go wrong with that delicious combination. But it also leaves plenty of room for improvisation, thanks to the simplicity of the recipe.
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There are a lot of directions you can take with a basic ice cream sundae, whether it's creating a more indulgent dessert loaded with chocolate, or whipping up a creation that's just a tad lighter.
You can experiment with new flavors for the sauce (like caramel or butterscotch), use fruit instead of a chocolate drizzle, add toppings like gummy worms, go big with a banana split (or small), or try a new presentation, perfect for parties.
Whatever you decide to try out, the result is sure to be delicious. Click through our slideshow to see some creative sundaes to get your imagination going, and start experimenting for your summer parties.
— Brooklyn Supper, Babble
Live Your Best Life with These Ice Cream Sundaes
Why eat plain ice cream when you can eat ice cream covered in hot fudge, whipped cream, sprinkles, and toasted nuts? That's what we always say, anyway. Go big with these ice cream sundaes.
Family-style Ice Cream Sundae
Posted By Savita
Looking for a Fun Family-style Summer Dessert? I got you covered with these make your own Ice Cream Sundae. Fruity, tart, and floral Red-Wine Reduction Sauce, and sweet and chocolaty Raspberry Sauce, and crunchy Cinnamon-Sugar Chips for scooping, these fun-topping Ice Cream Sundaes offer something for everyone in the family!
My Memorial Day weekend was crazy lazy and full of watching TV, and cooking good food! Too lazy to a point that by Monday evening, I just wanted it to end soon. I know, I'm classic! Who would ask for holidays to end, but me!?
Actually, I'm used to a short and sweet weekend and then getting back to work, sharp Monday morning! Work not really have to be blogging or coding, but just active hustle-bustle keeps me very happy. On top of that, Vishal recently had a small Thumb Surgery, so he took-off on Tuesday too. So, my weekend got ridiculous long.
THE BEST thing about my lazy-crazy weekend was "cooking" and watching TV.
Due to Memorial Day, few of our favorite movies were aired whole weekend and that kept us very busy. Most weekend, to enjoy movie-time, I finished cooking very early, prepared some snacks for munching while watching movies, and also made some delicious toppings to serve with my favorite, Ice Cream Sundae, in dessert.
We were not planning any outdoor activity and mostly were staying at home. So, I planned my grocery-list accordingly. While our trip to Walmart, I attended a demonstration of Blue Bunny Premium Ice Creams. Ice cream had amazingly rich and creamy taste and it went great with fresh seasonal berries (used in demo).
There were so many Blue bunny Ice Cream flavors and novelties to choose from! My favorite were Premium Vanilla, Homemade Vanilla, and Vanilla Bean! They had other flavors too like Butter Pecan or Strawberry but my heart was 'all set' for Vanilla flavors!
I had some leftover Red Wine in my refrigerator, and some dark chocolate, plus this demo further fueled my creativity to go all-indulgent for long weekend's dessert extravaganza!
Scoop of creamy chilled Vanilla Ice Cream layered with fruity and floral Cherry-Red Wine reduction sauce, chocolate-cream sauce, fresh raspberries, fresh cherries, pistachios, crunchy cinnamon-sugar chips for scooping!
Trust me! This sundae was a Restaurant Quality Ice Cream Sundae, served right in comfort of your own home, on the couch. with your favorite movie playing on TV. and million dollar question was:
Do you want to miss the scene? Or Do you want to miss deciding toppings?!
Try once, you will fall in love with these "make your own" Ice Cream Sundae!
First, because it is served chilled, perfect to beat summer heat! Second, it is so full of vibrant colors and fresh berries that no one will resist asking for more. Side note: Berries are also rich in anti-oxidants! And last, but not least, you provide the ingredients and your family can have fun picking toppings of their choice!
Like kids will have pure vanilla ice cream and lots of chocolate sauce with raspberries. and grown-ups will like everything and not be able to resist cherry-wine sauce! I bet!
Even if you planning to pack it for a Beach-Side Summer Party or Pool-Side Party, it is a fun-to-assemble dessert! Just make sure keep an ice box filled with ice to keep everything chilled and not-melting!
I categorize this Summer Dessert as "Make Once Serve Anytime!" kinda dessert. Once you have Ice Cream Tub in freezer, all of the toppings can be prepared at-least few days in advance.
Cherry-wine reduction sauce might last more than one week. Honestly, it never makes past 2 days in my home. So, I still need to test it's shelf-life. Good luck keeping yours!! )
Even though you can make chocolate cream sauce in advance. This one takes just 1 minute to whip. Really. No kidding. All you need is microwave safe bowl and a microwave(of-course).
Cinnamon Sugar Tortillas chips will also stay good in an air-tight container for 2-3 days. Don't you skip these! Trust me, crunchy chips slathered in cinnamon and sugar makes every scoop of ice cream even more delicious! Only problem is, I always eat too much!!
Oh! Gosh! I so wish I could make long spoon out of them!
I had great time enjoying this delicious Sundae over the weekend! You know what?! After looking at these pictures, I'm craving for one more Sundae! Luckily, I still have all toppings in refrigerator!! Especially, cherry-wine sauce! *drooling*
Let me ask you! What are your favorite Ice Cream Sundae topping?
50 Mouthwatering Best Ice Cream Sundaes Recipes – Savory Style
There’s just something about Ice cream sundaes which can’t help but put a childlike grin on any face. Whether it’s the hot fudge sauce, the creamy ice cream, the cherry on top, or the nostalgic memories of such a treat – Either way, we can’t get enough of them!
Today we’ve rounded-up a mouth-watering selection of 50 of the best ice cream sundae recipes on the world wide web. These aren’t your average sundaes, however, with recipes including everything from skillets, to peaches, tacos, and liquor!
Grab a spoon, because we’re about to dive-into ice cream sundaes…
These waffle sundaes are the perfect dessert! They aren’t too tricky to make and are such a fun treat to enjoy. I’m talking a warm chocolate cakey waffle bottom with plenty of melty cookies and cream ice cream all topped with salted caramel sauce. Mmm!
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’re going to love this dessert from A Dash of Sanity. Called a waffle cone sundae ice cream cake, it certainly combines two of our greatest loves!
Fancy some ice cream sundae tacos? This fun twist on everyone’s favorite Mexican dish has us thinking that this is the perfect party food! Check out the full recipe from A Subtle Revelry.
Speaking of sundae hybrids, these chocolate dipped sundae marshmallows will have you feeling as though you’re on cloud 9! Baby Loving Mama is the genius behind this recipe.
Baby Loving Mama is certainly a fan of all things chocolate-dipped! She’s also created these chocolate banana sundae bites.
Prepare yourself for the deliciousness that is this hot fudge brownie sundae from Bakes by Chi Chi – Have you ever seen something looking quite so delicious?
These brownie sundae ice cream cone cupcakes take dessert to a whole new level…Can you believe just how awesome they are? Baking a Moment is one talented lady!
Baking a Moment is also the genius behind another wonderful sundae creation – these black forest waffle sundaes! You’ll want these for dessert every night of the week…
When it comes to clever sundae recipes, BBC Food also has one up their sleeves! This Knickerbocker glory has been described as “the dessert of childhood dreams!”
This banana ‘nice cream’ sundae from Begin Within Nutrition has been made with UNREAL Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups – they’re a delicious chocolate without the junk!
Bite Me More has created this Ballpark Ice Cream Sundae with buttered popcorn, caramel sauce and crushed peanuts! Could it be any more delicious?
Brown-Eyed Baker has created a frozen brownie sundae! It contains a layer of fudgy brownies topped with vanilla ice cream, peanuts and hot fudge topping, served straight from the freezer!
Brown-Eyed Baker has been generous enough to share her special ice cream sandwich cake recipe with you. It even comes with a cherry on top!
This chocolate caramel turtle sundae is just one of the many delectable sundae recipes that BuzzFeed have whipped-up! We have a feeling you’re going to love this one…
If you’re a fan of strawberry shortcake, then this strawberry shortcake sundae recipe from BuzzFeed will blow your mind! You won’t want to stop at just one.
Here’s another epic sundae creation from BuzzFeed! This recipe features a banana split sundae that’s as tasty as it looks.
Next time you host a little dinner party, why not surprise your guests with this Nutella deluxe sundae from BuzzFeed? They’ll be grinning from ear to ear!
Bring some S’mores magic into your next sundae by following this delectable recipe from BuzzFeed! Your taste buds will be tingling for this sweet treat.
Would you consider yourself a cookie lover? BuzzFeed are quite the fans, so have created a recipe for this insanely good sundae!
These hot fudge sundae cupcakes are the best thing to warm you up on a winter’s night. Check out the full recipe from Cooking Classy!
Here’s a banana split with a difference. Delicious Spatula creates hers using a caramelized banana which has been browned in hot butter – Yum!
This caramel nut brownie sundae is perfect for two people enjoying a cozy night in. Dessert for Two is the talented blogger behind this amazing recipe!
These ice cream sundae jars from Dessert for Two are quite clever – they contain chocolate, coconut and mixed berry caramel!
How do these Grilled Peach Crisp Sundaes with Cinnamon Honey Drizzle sound? We think Domesticate Me has created the ultimate naughty-but-nice dessert!
These Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Sundaes from Faring Well combine two much-loved desserts. They also look gorgeous in those little jars, don’t they?
These ice cream sundae cupcakes from Frugal Mom Eh! feature a dense funfetti cupcake and rich vanilla buttercream, decorated to look like an ice cream sundae! Serve these at your next party for ultimate cool-factor.
Half-Baked Harvest has created a recipe for Mini Chocolate Stout Brownie Sundae Floats with Burnt Irish Caramel + Hot Fudge. Need we say more?
If gluten isn’t your thing, or you prefer vegan alternatives, then you’re in luck! Hot for Food has created this vegan gluten-free hot fudge sundae just for you!
Mmm…this is one dessert you won’t forget in a hurry! Hugs and Cookies XOXO will show you how to make this Twix Brownie Ice Cream Sundae Trifle.
Fancy creating some peanut butter cookie sundae cups next time some guests come around? You’ll love this recipe from my Heart!
We can hardly take our eyes off this Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Hot Fudge Sundae from Le Crème de la Crumb! It contains all the sundae goodness you’d hope for.
If you love Dr Pepper Cherry, then you’ll adore these ice cream sundaes from Life with the Crust Off! Don’t forget to include the delicious cherry on top.
What do you get when you combine a tiramisu and an ice cream sundae? This extraordinary dessert from Martha Stewart of course!
These key Lime Pie Sundaes with Shortbread Triangles from Martha Stewart are a very refined and grown-up take on the traditional sundae! We bet that they taste delicious too.
How awesome does this fruit bowl sundae look from Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen? It’s a naughty-but-nice dessert which will have you feeling less guilty!
These rainbow jello parfaits from Mom Dot contain just two ingredients – Can you believe that? They look like a sundae straight from Wonderland!
These S’mores waffle sundaes from My Baking Addiction have been described as “mini waffles topped with ice cream, toasted marshmallows and all the fixings to create the most delicious sundae.” We can’t wait to try them!
Pillsbury will teach you how to make the perfect skillet cookie sundae. It’ll satisfy all of your sweet cravings at once – Yum!
Who wouldn’t love a banana split brownie sundae? Smuckers has the perfect recipe to help you master the much-loved dessert!
Attention vegans – You’re going to love this dessert! So Delicious Dairy-Free has created the ultimate vegan S’more sundae just for you.
Fancy a no-bake dessert which contains some vitamins and nutrients? Spend with Pennies is the genius behind this banana split stuffed strawberries. Unique indeed!
This Caramel Apple Pie Sundae is made with homemade cinnamon apples, vanilla bean ice cream, caramel sauce, fresh whipped cream and cinnamon! Check out Spoonful of Flavor’s full recipe for more.
Sprinkle of Green has the perfect dessert for you and your loved one – Valentine’s Red Velvet Brownie Fudge Sundaes. These are absolutely perfect!
If you prefer your ice cream sundaes a bit more fancy and filled with fruit, then this fruit and granola parfait from Tatyana’s Everyday Food will be right up your alley!
This warm sticky bun sundae is just the sweet treat for winter. The Disney Diner will have you wanting to make this all-year-round though!
The Seasoned Mom has created these delectable Skinny Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Sundaes to satisfy your sweet tooth! It tastes as good as it looks too.
Here’s another vegan version of a sundae! This Raw some Vegan Life has created a unique mango banana ice cream sundae that you’re going to adore.
Here’re a grown-up only version of a sundae from Tipsy Bartender! You won’t want to miss this recipe, so be sure to check it out.
You may have to read this one twice! Wanna Bite is the genius creator of this bacon brownie sundae. Yep, you heard correctly!
These sundaes from What’s Gaby Cooking look like something straight out of a restaurant! They’re Caramel Brownie Ice Cream Sundaes – the ultimate treat.
All hail these chocolate-dipped ice cream tacos from Your Home-Based Mom! They’re like a sundae mixed with everyone’s favorite Mexican dish.
Didn’t they all look delicious? Which recipes were your favorite? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!
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Enjoy Eating a Homemade Ice Cream Sundae Tonight
How to Make a Traditional Sundae
You can make a traditional ice cream parlor sundae by serving your homemade ice cream in a bowl or classic tulip glass with either fresh fruit or a fruit preserve, and your favorite fountain syrup or sundae sauce generously drizzled over it.
The ice cream parlor operators liberally drizzled the chosen fountain syrup over a bowl of frozen ice cream and topped it off with a generous dollop of freshly made whipped cream and a big red maraschino cherry.
You'll find a collection of original fountain syrup recipes in the soft drink section on this site that can be used with the original ice cream sundae recipes.
Delicious Homemade Ice Cream Sundae with Chocolate Sauce
These are the same syrup recipes that soda fountain operators used when making flavoring syrups for their own refreshing sodas and sundaes.
Simply choose a flavored syrup and drizzle it over your ice cream sundae to enjoy an authentic old time treat.
Most ice cream parlors developed their own sundae combinations to attract customers and some became national favorites.
You can use your imagination to combine favorite ice creams and toppings and invent your own sundae.
Original Ice Cream Sundae Recipes
The Dispenser's Formulary or Soda Water Guide (1915)
Old Fashioned Fruit Pudding Sundae
Thanks to the original ice cream sundae recipes below, you can make the traditional sundaes once served in North America's ice cream parlors and soda fountains.
The fancy names were given by the sundae's inventor and promoted as a means to make the recipes more standard and uniform in soda fountains across the country.
It's fascinating to see the recommended prices which appear low by today's prices, but that 15 cent sundae in 1915 would have been considered a luxury by many customers.
Whenever an original ice cream sundae recipe calls for a "No. 10 scoopful," a "ladleful," "dipperful," or an ice cream "disher," simply use your favorite ice cream scoop, and the quantity will work out okay.
The ice cream quantities needn't be precise as it's the taste that counts!
Ice Cream Parlor Operator Instructions
In serving sundaes, it is important that an appeal should be made to the eye as well to the palate. It is poor policy to slap together a messy concoction. Never let the syrups run over the edge of the sundae glass.
See that the handle of the spoon is not sticky with syrup. Place nuts, cherries, or knobs of whipped cream carefully on the sundae so that the effect may be pleasing.
It's customary to serve a glass of iced water with all sundaes. This should not be omitted and do not wait for the customer to ask for it.
Many dispensers serve a cracker with the sundae. This is desirable, especially in many neighborhoods, but such service is not absolutely necessary.
A reasonable amount of judgement must be exercised as to the kind of cracker served. With chocolate, coffee, maple, and similar flavors, a salty cracker is very acceptable, but with the fruity flavors and with fresh or crushed fruits a sweet cracker is correct.
For this homemade cream sundae recipe, place one (No. 12) scoopful of chocolate ice cream into a sundae dish and over it pour one ladleful of crushed pineapple.
Top off with whipped cream, a few pecans and a cherry. Charge 15 cents. —Joseph Casiragh
Take a dish full of chocolate ice cream (or a dish of vanilla ice cream with a layer of chocolate syrup over it).
Over this place a spoonful of crushed figs and a large spoonful of whipped cream, putting on each side a Nabisco® wafer. Serve in a sherbet glass with a spoon, topping off with a maraschino cherry.
For this original ice cream sundae recipe, take three portions of chocolate ice cream (No. 16 disher) and place them in triangular form on a flat ice cream saucer then place some whipped cream in the center and dust over with finely chopped walnuts, or, if preferred, a maraschino cherry may be used. Price 15 cents.
Peg O' My Heart
Into a footed sundae cup put a small dipperful of vanilla ice cream cover with marshmallow whip and then add 1/2 ounce chocolate syrup.
Insert slices of banana around the inside of the glass, and top with whipped cream and chopped nuts. Decorate with red and green cherries. Sells for 15 cents. —Bruno Schubet
Canadian Maple Leaf
For this original ice cream sundae recipe, take a saucer, such as are commonly used for sundaes and around its edge place five macaroons. Place a cone of vanilla ice cream (measured out with a 12 to the quart ice cream disher) in the center of the saucer.
Over the ice cream pour one-half ladleful of pineapple fruit and one ounce of maple syrup. Top off with a small measure of maple sugar. This formula is especially recommended.
The author writes: "We used fifty gallons of maple syrup last season, supplying customers with the Maple Leaf Sundae. Guess that's going some for Canada, the land of the maple leaf." —Harry G. Frame
For this original ice cream sundae recipe, place a disherful of fresh strawberry ice cream in a sundae dish, pour over it marshmallow sauce, put on a spoonful of nuts and top off with whipped cream and a nice ripe strawberry. The whipped cream may be left out. Price 15 cents.
Fresh Fruit Delight
Fresh Fruit Delight Sundae
(Source: ©Don Bell)
In a sundae cup place a ladleful of fresh pineapple fruit, add half a ladleful of oranges cut into small slices, then nearly fill the cup with sliced bananas, placing two maraschino cherries, one directly opposite the other and across the top of the contents of the cup. Put a quarter of a dipperful of whipped cream in the center. Sells for 15 cents.
Ice cream in sundae glass, chocolate flavor slice on fresh banana around the edge, sprinkle with chopped nuts, top with whipped cream and maraschino cherry. Price 15 cents.
Into a suitable dish put a dipperful of vanilla ice cream cover it with maple syrup and then sprinkle over the syrup a spoonful of crunchy cornflakes. —D. J. Fitz-Gerald
On a sundae dish place a scoopful of chocolate ice cream. Cover with whipped cream, add three maraschino cherries and sprinkle over all a spoonful of walnut meats.
In any deep sundae glass place vanilla ice cream molded out in an ice cream scoop pour over the cream 2 ounces of grape juice then put one large maraschino cherry on top of the cream and a spoonful of crushed walnuts on the side of the dish.
Over a ladleful of ice cream in a sundae glass pour some chocolate syrup and cover with Texas pecans, almonds, and dates chopped together. Price 15 cents.
To make this original ice cream sundae recipe, put a large measure of ice cream in a tall sundae glass, cover with fresh crushed banana fruit and fill the glass with whipped cream. Place on one side maraschino cherries. Other fruit may be used if desired.
Into a banana-special dish lay two good sized slices of a peach. In the center place a medium sized scoopful of vanilla ice cream.
Put a spoonful of whipped cream at each side of the ice cream and cover with walnuts and a cherry.
Over the vanilla ice cream put a spoonful of crushed pineapple and top with a red and green cherry.
Serve with two Nabisco® wafers. "A simple dish to prepare and sells readily for 15 cents." —Miss Florence E. Cavanaugh
For this original ice cream sundae recipe, put a slice of brick vanilla ice cream on a 6-inch plate.
Cover the ice cream with fresh, sweetened, and slightly mashed strawberries, and over these put sweetened whipped cream top off with two whole strawberries and serve with two Nabisco® wafers. Sells for 20 cents. —C. F. Wagner
A scoop of vanilla ice cream in a sundae cup. Pour over it a thin grape syrup top with whipped cream and a fresh strawberry.
Hot, rich chocolate syrup poured over a ladle of plan or nut ice cream. A few chopped nuts may be sprinkled over the top. Price, 10 cents.
For this original ice cream sundae recipe, cut up one banana in slices and place them around the edge of an ice cream plate.
Add one measure of ice cream in center of the plate then put a row of fresh strawberry fruit (or cherries) around the cream, put on 1/2 ounce vanilla syrup and 1/2 ounce strawberry syrup and sprinkle a few nuts on top. Price, 20 cents. —L. W. Marshall
(Source: ©Don Bell)
In a six-inch dish place a scoop of vanilla ice cream, one of strawberry, and one of chocolate, round-bowl shape. In the center place half a Bartlett pear.
Top off with a teaspoonful of whipped cream, sprinkle a few crushed pecans. Top with a cherry pierced with a toothpick. Price 20 cents.
One-half ounce crushed strawberries, 1/2 ounce crushed peaches, ice cream to fill small glass. Serve with spoon. Charge 15 cents.
Into a suitable sundae dish place a scoop of vanilla ice cream add a ladleful of crushed orange, sprinkle with finely chopped cherries, and top off with a whole cherry. Charge 10 or 15 cents.
For this original ice cream sundae recipe, place a measure of ice cream in a sundae glass, and over it artistically arrange sliced orange cut in diamond shaped pieces, sliced pineapple, maraschino cherries and English walnut halves. Charge 15 cents.
Frozen Cherry Bon Bon
Spoonful ice cream in 8-ounce stem glass. Almost fill with shaved ice. Add 2 ounces cherry syrup, top with layer of ice cream, and add a maraschino cherry. Price 10 cents.
For this original ice cream sundae recipe, place in a regular sundae glass equal quantities of strawberry and chocolate ice cream.
Over this, put a ladleful of crushed walnuts and top off with whipped cream and a few fresh strawberries. Charge 15 cents when dispensed with fresh fruit. —Patrick McCole
On a banana split dish place two scoopfuls vanilla ice cream, cover with crushed cherries, top with marshmallow cream and decorate with one red and one green cherry. Charge 15 cents.
Place two small scoopfuls of vanilla ice cream on a china platter over the ice cream pour cherry syrup with cherries and place a Nabisco® wafer over the cream then add a scoopful of strawberry ice cream, placing it on the middle of the Nabisco® wafer.
Place another Nabisco® wafer on top of the strawberry ice cream so that it will balance evenly and top off with whipped cream and a whole cherry. Charge 20 cents. —Sydney Trau
The Flirting Prince
In a highball glass place a scoopful of vanilla ice cream, covered by half an ounce of grape juice.
Add several spoonfuls of chopped bananas and syrup and cover with a layer of strawberry ice cream. Top off with whipped cream and cherries and serve for 15 cents. —R. J. Reynolds
(Source: ©Don Bell)
Canadians can adapt this original ice cream sundae recipe for Canada Day by placing a spoonful of red-colored marshmallow creme on each side of the white vanilla ice cream. Top the patriotic sundae with a Maple Leaf cookie.
Take two small dishes of marshmallow creme and color (with cake coloring), one red and the other blue.
Then in a fancy sundae dish put a No. 10 ladleful of vanilla ice cream on one side of the ice cream put a spoonful of red marshmallow creme, and on the other side a spoonful of blue marshmallow creme, allowing the ice cream to show in the center of the dish so as to represent the national colors.
Sprinkle a spoonful of ground nut meats on top of the dish and serve.
The Marshmallow Creme called for in the recipe is an easily spreadable marshmallow-based confection that originated as a tasty filling for layer cakes.
The first cookbook to feature its recipe was Fannie Farmer's "Boston Cooking-School Cook Book" in 1895. "Mrs. Rorer's New Cook Book" had a similar marshmallow filling recipe seven years later, in 1902.
Commercial versions of the confection were first sold in the early 1900s, and today the product can be purchased throughout North America and in many European Union supermarkets.
Brands include Solo® Marshmallow Creme, Kraft® Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme, and Marshmallow Fluff® manufactured by Durkee Mower Inc. A popular vegan equivalent is Suzanne's Ricemellow® Creme.
TO MAKE YOUR OWN: Visit my Homemade Icing page for an easy Marshmallow Creme recipe.
One ladle each of vanilla and strawberry ice cream in a sundae dish. A ladle each of crushed pineapple and strawberry. A small quantity of sliced bananas. Top with whipped cream and a red and green cherry. Sells for 15 cents. (Don C. Vann)
Make a regular sundae with crushed pineapple and top with a spoonful of whole or chopped walnut meats. Price, 10 cents.
The Waldorf Sundae
View of Palm Garden (Dining Room), Waldorf Astoria in 1902
(Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Div. Washington, D.C., LC-USZ62-41729)
The original Waldorf Astoria Hotel was situated along Fifth Avenue in New York City and opened in 1893. It was later demolished in 1929 to make way for the building of the Empire State Building on the same site.
The Waldorf Astoria became famous for its lavish dinners and glamorous charity events that attracted wealthy celebrities, and its name inspired Restaurant-style dessert recipes like the vintage original ice cream sundae recipe featured below.
Miss Lillian Woods also says that the name Waldorf Sundae is suggested by the resemblance of the mixture to the well known Waldorf Salad.
Put a small dipperful of chocolate cream in a sundae dish and over the ice cream put a ladleful of crushed fruit syrup over the syrup put a ladleful of whipped cream and top with broken pecan or hickory nutmeats.
The syrup is made by cutting up fine one orange, a small bunch of Malaga grapes, a few Maraschino cherries, and a little crushed pineapple.
Mix all together, add enough simple syrup to produce a mixture of about the same density as that of ordinary crushed fruit syrup, and enough of the juice from the Maraschino cherries to give the mixture the desired color the syrup is then ready to serve.
A fruit bowl filled with this mixture and placed on the service corner at the soda fountain, according to the author, "looks inviting and catches many an order for itself." —Miss Lillian Woods
Also see the authentic Waldorf Sundae Topping recipe that makes any serving of ice cream taste extra special.
The Waldorf Astoria on Fifth Avenue, New York City, 1903
(Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Div. Washington, D.C., LC-DIG-stereo-1s07475)
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Canadian Original Ice Cream Sundae Recipe
Mom's Recipe Scrapbooks (c. 1920s)
Dionne Quintuplets in Toronto to Meet the Queen, 1939
(Source: Public Domain)
The Dionne Surprise
Here's how to make the iconic Dionne Surprise Sundae, a Canadian original ice cream sundae recipe that became popular throughout North America after the birth of the Dionne Quintuplets at Corbeil, Ontario, on 28 May 1934.
In a banana split dish line up 5 scoops of vanilla ice cream representing Annette, Emilie, Yvonne, Cecile, and Marie, and generously top each scoop with whipped cream and a red maraschino cherry.
Next, spoon crushed strawberries along one side of the dish and crushed pineapple along the other side, and serve.
Enjoy Making Original Ice Cream Parlor Sundaes
Have an Ice Cream Sundae Party
Simply set several containers of frozen ice cream into a large tub filled with crushed ice to prevent the ice cream from melting. There should be enough ice cream available to satisfy all your guests.
Offer the usual ice cream flavors along with a couple of the more unusual old time flavors such as Fig, Violet, Clove, Rhubarb Cream, and Brown Bread.
Be generous with the toppings. Have containers of sundae sauces along with pieces of homemade fudge, crushed hard candies, and chopped candied fruit. Offer your guests as many fun topping choices as possible.
And to add to the fun, print out several of your favorite ice cream sundae recipes and leave them handy to inspire your guests.
Ice Cream Sundae History
College Girls Enjoying Ice Cream Parlor Sundaes
It was in 1881 while visiting an ice cream parlor in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, that a teenager named George Hallauer is credited with inventing the original homemade ice cream sundae recipe.
It's alleged that Hallauer spontaneously asked the fountain operator, Ed Berner, to drizzle chocolate syrup over his dish of plain ice cream. However, there are other credible sources that indicate the sundae wasn't invented until some time later, in the 1890s.
Drinking soda water was considered improper by some Victorians and various Midwest towns even passed laws preventing its sale on Sundays. The so-called "soda suckers" were even vilified in church sermons and in the popular press at the time.
Wanting a solution, a clever pharmacist in Evanston, Indiana created an alternative taste treat to sell on Sundays that contained fountain syrup and ice cream but no soda water.
Meanwhile, over in Wisconsin, George Giffy, and other soda fountain owners also began to sell what were deemed legal ice cream sodas — that is, sodas without the soda — on Sundays, offering the customer a choice of ice cream and flavoring syrups for only 5 cents.
The new ice cream and fountain syrup combination became quite popular, and people began calling it a Sunday Soda or simply a "Sunday."
They were only sold on Sundays at the beginning, but soon people began to ask for them on other days of the week too. Eventually, the spelling was changed from Sunday to "sundae" out of respect for the Lord's Day and to make the treat popular during the rest of the week.
It was around this time also that the ice cream sandwich and the ice cream float appeared, but no one really knows the exact dates or who it was that invented them.
Many soda fountain treats, and the original ice cream parlor sundae recipes were developed spontaneously as customers demanded combinations of their favorite ingredients.
Now, you can enjoy making these original ice cream dessert recipes anytime.
How to Make a Luscious Ice Cream Sundae
Sundaes are guaranteed crowd-pleasers. That's because something wonderful happens when the satiny sauce meets a scoop of cold, creamy ice cream.
Food Network Kitchen's Homemade Ice Cream Sundae And Toppings
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Sundaes can be simple or elaborate. There's the classic combo of vanilla ice cream and hot fudge. But you can also devise your own sundae sensations. Mix and match ice cream flavors. Make fresh fruit sauces like blueberry or strawberry. Or fold in bits of candied bacon for a surprising crunch.
There are few rules when it comes to making sundaes, but you do want to ensure that the sauce is distributed equally among the ice cream scoops. That way, you'll taste ice cream and sauce with every bite.
Here's our step-by-step guide on how to make a sumptuous ice cream sundae.
1: For 1 sundae, gather together 3/4 cup sauce 3 scoops ice cream something for crunch, like nuts whipped cream and garnishes, such as a maraschino cherry or crumbled cookies.
2: Keep the ice cream in the freezer until right before you're ready to construct the sundae. If you're using non-fruit sauces, like butterscotch or hot fudge, zap them for a few seconds in the microwave to warm them up.
3: Next, ladle 2 ounces sauce into the bottom of the dish. Drop in 2 generous scoops of the vanilla ice cream on top of the sauce. Top with another 2 ounces sauce. Drop in the final scoop of ice cream. Pour the remainder of the sauce over the sundae. Top with whipped cream and the garnish of your choice.
Now that you're ready to make an over-the-top ice cream sundae, here's a recipe for a Chocolate Chip-Caramel Ice Cream Sundae from Ree Drummond.
Ice cream sundae recipes
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5 amazing ice cream sundae ideas to try at home
When the Summer weather kicks in, it&rsquos a great idea to impress your guests with a spectacular ice cream sundae.
After all, who doesn&rsquot love a tall, elegant glass crammed with creamy, fruity, crunchy concoctions to cool them down in the sun?
We asked ice cream connoisseurs Joe Donelly, of Poco Gelato in Leigh-on-Sea, and Fred Smith, head chef at Byron to share their favourite sundae recipes and ideas with us. And, after sampling the results, we were certainly impressed!
Here are a few of our favourites, with videos, for you to try at home&hellip
1. ETON MESS SUNDAE
- Vanilla ice cream
- Strawberry ice cream
- Fresh, chopped strawberries (rest in sugar and balsamic vinegar before using)
- Fresh mint
- Whipped cream
- Meringue pieces
2. OREO AND CHOCOLATE BROWNIE SUNDAE
- Vanilla ice cream
- Chocolate sauce
- Oreo pieces
- Chocolate brownie chunks
- Whipped cream
3. CHERRY AMARETTI SUNDAE
- Vanilla ice cream
- Almond ice cream
- Maraschino cherries
- Whipped cream
- Crushed Amaretti biscuits
- Shot of Amaretto
4. PEANUT BUTTER AND BANANA SUNDAE
- Peanut butter ice cream
- Sliced banana
- Hot chocolate sauce
- Whipped cream
- Chopped hazelnuts
5. PEACH AND BASIL SUNDAE
- Grilled peaches
- Vanilla ice cream
- Fresh torn basil
- Whipped cream
Peel the banana and slice it in half lengthwise. Place the banana slices against the sides of a long, narrow, shallow dish.
Place the scoops of ice cream in a row between the banana slices.
Squirt the chocolate syrup on the vanilla and strawberry ice cream.
Spoon the marshmallow creme over the chocolate ice cream.
Top everything with the whipped cream. Sprinkle it all with nuts and top each mound of ice cream with a cherry.
- Swap one or more of the ice cream flavors for any of your favorites, like pistachio, cookies and cream, or cherry ice cream.
- Try different syrups like butterscotch, caramel, or strawberry sauce.
- A variety of chopped, toasted nuts like peanuts, pecans, almonds, or pistachios are delicious sprinkled on top.
- Add other toppings like toasted coconut or sprinkles.
- The long, narrow banana dishes can be found in your local grocery or home goods store, but if you don't have this specific shaped dish, you can use a large bowl and cut the bananas as needed to fit. It will not be the traditional presentation but will be just as delicious.
- If you'd like to set up a banana split bar, arrange all of the ingredients on a table or buffet in the order they are used, starting with the dishes and ending with the spoons. Let everyone make their own banana split for a fun, interactive dessert.
Who Invented the Banana Split?
A 23-year-old pharmacist apprentice named David Evans Strickler is credited with inventing the banana triple ice cream sundae in 1904. Back then, this was a high-priced dessert costing 10 cents, or twice the price of other ice cream sundaes where Strickler worked at the Tassel Pharmacy in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The price didn't deter customers, though, and the treat became popular throughout the country.
In 2004, the 100th anniversary of the city of Latrobe celebrated the invention of the banana split. That year, the National Ice Cream Retailers Association (NICRA) dubbed this Pennsylvania city as the banana split birthplace.