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THE ANATOMY OF A PERFECT ICE CREAM SUNDAE

July 9, 2020

If you’re anything like us, you eat a lot of ice cream, in a lot of different forms. We’re not just talking about scooped into a cup or a cone (or straight out of the carton!). Ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cakes, ice cream pie… there are so many delicious ways to treat yourself with a little something sweet. But, there’s one that stands out above the rest: An ice cream sundae!

This is a go-to ice cream dessert, in part because it’s super easy to make and super customizable. There is no limit to the different kinds of toppings and tastes you can capture in a sundae.

But we started thinking: What truly makes an ice cream sundae great? Is it the ice cream base? Hot fudge? A cherry on top? If you asked 100 people, they’d all probably say something different. That said, it doesn’t take much to master the art of ice cream sundae making!

The key to an absolutely amazing ice cream sundae is one straightforward rule: Balance. To be a true sundae connoisseur, you will need the perfect combination of tastes and textures, so you can get a little bit of every topping and ingredient in every bite. Too much of one topping means you might miss the rest of the flavors in your bowl, and that’s not what we’re going for! We know you might love one ingredient more than another, but to expertly master the art of a perfect sundae, this rule applies no matter what toppings you choose!

Pro tip! Before you start building your sundae, make sure you have the right bowl – one that can hold your ice cream and all the toppings! You can’t enjoy a sundae if you’re worried about stuff spilling over the sides. Plus, a bigger bowl means you can indulge a little more. (It’s OK – we won’t tell.)

Here’s how we construct a perfect ice cream sundae in six simple steps.

Step 1: A scoop of ice cream

This goes without saying, but you can’t start a sundae without the sweetest foundation. The flavor you choose is up to you – but a couple scoops should be the base layer for your sundae.

Step 2: A drizzle of sauce

If ice cream is the foundation, the sauce you choose – from hot fudge to a seasonal summer compote or classic caramel – is the layer that holds everything together. Sure, you could just throw on any old topping next, but putting your sauce on first helps keep all those other toppings in place. You don’t want so much sauce that you’re overpowering your ice cream base, but this should be a generous drizzle to hold everything else together. You might even choose two options. We like the way you think.

Step 3: A bit of something crunchy

Whether your ice cream is smooth or has lots of extra ingredients, a sundae isn’t complete without a little bit of crunch. Crunchy ingredients come in all varieties – chopped nuts, candy pieces, granola, pretzels, or even popcorn. The crunchy layer makes your sundae a little more special, with a different texture to make each bite a delightful experience. You don’t need to limit yourself to just one crunchy topping, but this layer is definitely a level up you won’t want to skip.

Step 4: A dollop of whipped cream (or whatever)

Whipped cream is the standard sundae option, but we won’t judge if you switch it up. If whipped cream isn’t your scene, try something else equally light and airy – maybe some marshmallow fluff?

Step 5: Sprinkles!

Don’t overlook the sprinkles here. If you’re sticking with a decadent chocolate theme, you might choose chocolate sprinkles or shavings. Crystal sugar sprinkles come in all kinds of colors and add a little sparkle. Or, you could go the route of classic confetti rainbow sprinkles. No matter what, this layer is how you know the party’s about to get started.

Step 6: Give it a garnish

Last but not least, a classic garnish like a cherry on top is the finishing touch. You could use any fruit here, or even a final chunk of chocolate. This is just the final step to signal that you’ve done it – you’ve made a spectacular sundae, and now it’s time to enjoy. Grab a spoon and take a bite!

What’s your approach to a perfect ice cream sundae? Tell us the ingredients you can’t live without in the comments below and be sure to tag us in photos of your sundae creations using #HudsonvilleIceCream and #SweetestSummerEver for a chance to be featured on our social channels!

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