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Ice Cream Sundae Bar

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Ice Cream Sundae Bar

This recipe and photos were provided by Sally Roeckell of Table and Dish and were originally published at

With July being National Ice Cream Month, an ice cream sundae bar seems logical.

President Ronald Reagan designated the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day and July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984. Hip Hip Hooray! He wanted to commemorate a treat that is produced with 10 percent of the nation’s milk supply and enjoyed by over 90 percent of the nation. Americans consume more ice cream than any other nation in the world. When Reagan’s proclamation was officially signed into law, he also called on the U.S. people to pay tribute to ice cream with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” Get out your scoopers, because it’s time to enjoy some ice cream.

Here’s your chance to be a kid in a candy shop, literally. The list of toppings is up to you and your taste buds. Sorry friends, there is no recipe here. Yes, you could make your own caramel or fudge sauce, but who wants to stand over a hot stove when it’s a sunny day without a cloud in the sky?

Here are a few tips:

Depending, of course, on the size crowd you are serving…

  • Start with 4-5 ice cream flavor choices.
  • Keep them cold in a tray of ice or, better yet, pre-scoop cups of ice cream and put them back in the freezer to harden. Bring them out when everyone is ready to make their sundaes.
  • Make chocolate bowls by dipping balloons into melted chocolate. Sit the balloons on a cooking sheet covered with parchment. Let the chocolate harden, then pop the balloons and discard them, leaving a delicious vessel for your sundae.

Need some inspiration for add-ins? Here’s a list to get you started.

  • Chocolate syrup
  • Caramel syrup
  • Sprinkles (a must in any respectable ice cream celebration)
  • Andes mint bits
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Coconut
  • Mini Reese’sIce Cream Topping Bar
  • Mini Kit Kats
  • Small waffle cookies
  • Tiny marshmallows
  • Crushed nuts
  • Yogurt-covered pretzels
  • Bite-size Rice Krispies Treats
  • Two Brothers Brownies (cut into bite-size pieces)
  • Cherries (Maraschino or fresh)
  • Cut-up peaches
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Mini York Peppermint Patties
  • Crushed Double Stuf Oreos
  • Hazelnut sticks
  • Peanuts
  • M&M’s
  • Waffle bowls or cones
  • Bananas
  • Pie filling
  • Crushed pineapple

The list can be as endless as your imagination. The only two items that I often see on ice cream sundae bars that I disagree with are tiny pieces of gum, like Chiclets, and gummy bears. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of both, especially gummy bears, but these two items mixed with ice cream quickly freeze and can cause damage to your teeth.

I’d start by putting out a whole fruit pie topped with ice cream.


Ice Cream Topped Fruit Pie

By Heinen's Grocery Store
In 1929, Joe Heinen opened the doors of a small butcher shop on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, aiming to establish himself as the city’s purveyor of quality meats. As customers came into Heinen’s new shop for their meat purchases, they began asking him to carry groceries as well. Joe added homemade peanut butter, pickles and donuts and by 1933, business had grown enough to include a line of produce and canned goods. Heinen’s Grocery Store was born.

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