Who doesnâ€™t love a nice little ice-cream sundae? We know we sure do! And if youâ€™re one of the countless people around the world who can indulge in a bowl of yummy, creamy coolness, wherever, whenever, today is your day to rejoice because weâ€™re celebrating National Sundae Day! Thatâ€™s right! In honor of 11-11 a.k.a, National Sundae Day, here are 11 easy-to-whip-up and easier-to-indulge-in recipes for your favorite chilled treat!
- Popcorn Crunch Sundae:
Even though today might be the cheat day of all cheat days for us, weâ€™re going to start off with something that still helps us keep up a semblance of health (Popcorn IS healthy! Ok? Well, maybe not when itâ€™s slathered in caramel and butter but oh, weâ€™ll count our calories later!).
Here are all the details you need to whip up this crunchy, creamy bowl of delight for yourself and your loved ones!
This recipe will amount to 6 servings so we do suggest inviting a friend or 5 over to indulge! After all, sharing is caring! Especially when it comes to spreading the joy of ice cream!
All you need!
The (Popcorn) Crunch:
- 6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter.
- 3 Cups Popcorn (Already popped).
- Â˝ Cup Salted, Roasted Peanuts.
- 2 Tablespoons Light Corn Syrup
- Âľ Cup Sugar (Preferably Finely Ground)
- 1/3 Cup Sugar.
- ÂĽ Cup unsweetened cocoa powder.
- 3 Tablespoons Light Corn Syrup.
- Half a stick of Unsalted Butter.
- Â˝ teaspoon vanilla extract.
- 1/8 teaspoon plain salt.
- 1 oz. cooking, semisweet chocolate.
- 2 pints Vanilla Ice Cream.
You can skip this step if youâ€™re a lazy bones who just went out and bought a bag of pre-made caramel popcorn (yes, we mean you!) but if you like to put some effort in your own indulgences, read on!
First, coat a rimmed baking sheet with butter. Try not to use the 6 tablespoons of butter youâ€™ll need for the actual popcorn, get some more instead! Then, set the sheet aside and combine your popcorn and peanuts in a separate bowl. Now, get a medium-sized saucepan and bring your corn syrup, sugar and water to a boil, make sure to keep stirring so the sugar dissolves completely. Add the 6 tablespoons of butter and stir some more to until the caramel is a deep amber color. This should take you about 10-12 minutes or so! As soon as the caramel reaches the desired color, pour it over the peanuts + popcorn mix and stir so that no morsel remains uncoated. Then, pour this mixture over your baking sheet and spread and let it cool completely.
Once cooled, break into pieces and set aside.
Whisk the sugar, cocoa powder, corn syrup and ÂĽ cup of the water into a small saucepan; mix until completely smooth. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat; mix in the butter, chocolate, vanilla and salt until smooth. Cover to keep it warm.
Serve the ice-cream in a bowl topped with the popcorn crunch and fudge.
Long-Lasting Treat Tip:
You can store the popcorn crunch and chocolate fudge for up to one week! Just remember to keep the popcorn in an airtight container and the fudge covered and chilling in the refrigerator! Just make sure to heat it up before you serve it again!
2. Solitary Single Serve Chocolate Sundae!
Phew! That name sure is a mouthful! This Sundae, as its name suggests, is one that you can whip up almost any day of the week because all it needs to make is 5 ingredients! Also, if youâ€™re a person who might have a slight problem with sharing, donâ€™t worry because this oneâ€™s just enough for a single serving so grab your favorite corner in front of the fireplace, hide under your favorite blanket and let at it!
All you need:
- 2-3 Tablespoons of Sugar.
- 3 Tablespoons of Cream.
- 1 Oz. Bittersweet chocolate- finely chopped.
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla essence.
- Vanilla or Coffee Ice-cream!
Cook the sugar in a small, dry, heavy saucepan until it begins to melt. Take care not to let it burn. Continue stirring so that the sugar cooks evenly. When it begins to turn a golden, caramel color, take it off the stove and start mixing in the cream. Donâ€™t worry if the mixture bubbles and steams and continue stirring until the bubbles subside. Stir in the chocolate and continue to mix until the mixture is smooth and stir in the vanilla.
Serve the ice-cream in a bowl with the sauce poured over it.
3. Blueberry Praline Sundae:
When it comes to ice-cream, Praline is a bit of an unsung hero. This delectable flavor is usually passed over for other, simpler flavors of ice-cream, especially when it comes to creating Sundaes. However, if youâ€™re a fan of a mouthful of complicated flavors exploding on your palate, we recommend you give this one a try for sure!
Head-count: This recipe is enough to satisfy you AND 5 of your friends!
All you need:
- 1 cup sugar.
- ÂĽ teaspoon salt.
- Âľ cup sliced, toasted almonds.
- 1/3 cup apricot jam.
- 2 tablespoons of water.
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice.
- 14 Oz. blueberries.
- 1/8 teaspoon almond extract.
- 1 pint vanilla ice cream.
Line a large baking sheet with foil paper and then lightly oil the paper.
In a dry, heavy pan, heat the sugar and salt until it begins to melt. As soon as the sugar reaches a caramel color, take it off the heat and stir in the almonds. Immediately pour over the baking sheet and spread with the back of the wooden spoon before the caramel hardens completely so as to avoid any lumps that might form.
Cool the praline (caramelized almonds) for 5 minutes, then remove from the baking sheet and transfer into a thick, sealable plastic bag. Then break the mixture into smaller pieces using a rolling pin.
In a separate sauce-pan, bring the jam, water and lemon-juice to boil. Add half a cup of the blueberries and simmer until the berries burst, releasing their juice. This might take you up to 10 minutes. Add the remaining blueberries and simmer, stirring gently until theyâ€™re slightly heated. Donâ€™t keep the mixture over the heat for more than 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the almond extract until mixed well.
Serve the ice cream in a bowl topped with the warm blueberry sauce and almond praline.
4. Blackberry, Hazelnut Sundaes:
Thereâ€™s something about a fresh, juicy blackberry that just makes our mouth water. Hence, weâ€™re sharing a recipe for one of our absolute favorites with you today: hereâ€™s how you make a blackberry, hazelnut sundae. P.S It tastes best when served with frozen yogurt!Head-count:
Small family? No problem! This recipe is just enough to satisfy you, ma, pa and your baby sister or brother because it yields 4 servings of yummy sundae!
All you need:
- 1/3 cup sugar.
- 1/3 cup brown sugar.
- 1/3 cup water.
- 2 tablespoons butter.
- 1/3 cup chopped/toasted hazelnuts.
- Vanilla Frozen Yogurt.
- 1 Â˝ pint fresh blackberries.
Combine the sugar, brown sugar, and water in a heavy, dry saucepan. Stir over medium-low heat until both the sugars completely dissolve. Add the butter and keep stirring until completely melted. Increase the heat and keep cooking and stirring until the sauce reduces and is left to half of its original amount. Remove from heat and add the nuts. Let sit under a fan to cool off. Remember to heat up until warm and smooth before serving with the frozen yogurt.
Serve frozen yogurt in a bowl topped with the sauce and garnished with the blackberries.
5. The Chocolatierâ€™s Sundae:
Are you a fan of indulging in the dark and creamy side of life? Canâ€™t go a day without having at least a small amount of your favorite guilty pleasure? Read on because this oneâ€™s definitely for you!
This Sundae feeds a hungry little gathering of 5!
All you need:
- A 1-liter tub of premium vanilla or chocolate ice-cream.
- 1 pack (150 g) plain biscuits.
- 3-4 slices of chocolate cake or brownies broken down into bite-sized chunks.
- 100 g dark chocolate, finely chopped.
- 15-20 fresh strawberries.
- 200g plain chocolate.
- 10 g butter.
- 100g icing sugar.
- 120ml cream.
- 2tbsps caramel.
The Saucy-ness in your Sundae:
Melt the plain chocolate with the butter. You can do this in your microwave or over the stove. Keep stirring to ensure that no lumps form during this process.
Once smooth, take off the heat and stir in the cream. Then, stir in the icing sugar and stir to mix.
When ready to serve, reheat this mixture in a pan and add the caramel. Keep on heating until the mixture is thin enough to be poured.
The Sundae/The Serving:
Put the ice-cream in large, clear wine glasses because this delicacy is a treat to both the eyes as well as the palate! Add alternating layers of strawberries, dark chocolate and the brownie/cake bits. Fill to the top and pour the sauce over the ice-cream. Sprinkle on top with some biscuit crumbs and serve!
6. Campfire Sundaes!
This Sundae is both a feat of architectural as well as gastronomical delight. This gooey delight doesnâ€™t need an actual campfire to become a success but its contents will surely remind you of long-summer nights spent camping in your own backyard under the stars! Read on!
Head-Count: This recipe serves you and 3 of your camp-pals!
All You Need:
- 8 square crackers.
- 1 pint chocolate ice cream
- Â˝ cup bittersweet chocolate sauce, warmed up.
- ÂĽ cup marshmallow topping.
- 1 cup basic whipped cream.
- 4 jumbo-sized marshmallows.
- ÂĽcup sliced, toasted almonds.
For every serving, break a cracker and scatter it into your serving bowl. Add a scoop of ice-cream. Drizzle with some chocolate sauce and marshmallow topping.
Layer with another cracker, a second scoop of ice-cream, some more chocolate sauce, marshmallow topping and a dollop of whipped cream. Finally, set a marshmallow on top of the whipped cream and char it with a kitchen blowtorch. You can pre-char the marshmallow over a stove if you donâ€™t have a blow-torch. Just take care that it doesnâ€™t melt and drip. Garnish with almonds and serve immediately.
7. Little Man (or lady!)â€™s Sundae:
As the name suggests, this sundae is for your little one to make. Weâ€™re sure your little one constantly asks you to let them help around the kitchen and if thatâ€™s the case. Hereâ€™s a no-heat, completely safe sundae recipe you can help them make as a first step into the kitchen!
Head-count: Weâ€™re leaving quantities out of this one (youâ€™ll see why) since this recipe is fully-customizable. However, we suggest both baby and mama indulge in this one together.
All you need:
- Ice-cream of any flavor you prefer.
- Chocolate sauce.
- Fruit: fresh banana slices, strawberries, mangoes, and any fruit your little one prefers.
- Chopped nuts or sprinkles.
Layer the ice-cream, fruits and chocolate sauce in a bowl. Top with nuts or sprinkles. Put a stick of wafer in the mix and enjoy!
8. Ice Cream Sundae Pizza!
All this sugar had us craving for something salty too but since weâ€™re still celebrating national sundae day, weâ€™re just going to combine two of our favorites together in this one dish!
This pizza delight (piece of delight, get it?) feeds up to 8 people!
All you need:
- A round baking dish.
- Fudge Brownie Mix.
- Caramel Sauce.
- Hot fudge topping.
- Salted peanuts, chopped.
- Whipped Cream.
- Soft ice-cream.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare the brownie mix according to the instructions and pour into the oiled, round baking dish. Place in the oven and bake for 13-15 minutes or until cooked thoroughly.
Let the brownies cool completely. Spread the soft ice-cream evenly over the cooled brownies. Freeze for 2 hours. This mixture can be stored in the pizza for up to 2 days.
Top your pizza with the ice-cream toppings, the peanuts, the whipped cream and the cherries and various sauces. Cut into wedges before serving.
9. Simple Oreo 5-minute Sundae!
If youâ€™re hankering for a simple sundae and donâ€™t want to get into the hours-long processes and the long list of ingredients, give this one a try and fall in love at first bite!
This recipe will make one for you but you can keep on increasing the ingredients accordingly in case you have a friend along.
All you need:
- 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream.
- An Oreo.
- Half a teaspoon of caramel.
- A handful of white chocolate chips.
- Whipped cream (optional)
Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to your bowl, top it up with chocolate bits, add the caramel sauce and top up with another scoop of ice-cream and garnish with broken Oreo bits.
10. Chocolate Peanut-butter Fudge Sundae!
This is a tried and true recipe by the contributor. The secret? The secretâ€™s in the sauce so be sure to be extra, extra careful while making it so you can indulge to the last bite!
This recipe will serve you and 3 of your very lucky friends!
All you need:
- Âľ cup heavy cream.
- 4 Oz. milk chocolate: chopped.
- Â˝ cup creamy peanut-butter.
- 3 tablespoons light corn syrup.
- 4 scoops toffee or caramel ice-cream.
- 4 scoops vanilla ice-cream.
- 4 scoops chocolate ice-cream.
- ÂĽ cup salted peanuts, roughly chopped.
Put all the cream, the chocolate, the peanut-butter and light corn-syrup into a saucepan and place on the heat to melt, stirring occasionally. Cook for 2 minutes and remove from heat.
We suggest getting out your finest Sundae glasses for this treat to give it that extra zing!
Put one scoop of toffee or caramel ice-cream, one of vanilla ice-cream and one of chocolate ice-cream in each glass. Pour some chocolate, peanut-butter fudge sauce over each and sprinkle in the chopped peanuts. Serve and wait for the compliments!
11. A Classic Banana Split!
No matter who you are or how choosy you might be, if you love your sundaes like us, you wonâ€™t be able to say no to a classic banana split any day of the week! Hence, weâ€™re rounding off this list with the classic and the best ice cream sundae out there!
4-6 of all yâ€™all!
All you need:
- 2 teaspoons of brown sugar.
- Â˝ teaspoon ground cinnamon.
- 6 firm bananas, split in half length-wise, still in their peels.
- Strawberry or vanilla ice-cream.
- Fresh whipped-cream.
- Hot-fudge sauce.
- Mint Sprigs. (optional)
Preheat a grill to medium heat.
Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a separate bowl. Sprinkle the bananas with the sugar and cinnamon mix. Place them, cut-side down on the frill and grill until marks appear, i.e. 2-3 minutes. Then flip and cook until the peel starts to separate from the bananas. Remove the bananas from the grill and peel.
Put 2 halves to each dish youâ€™ll be serving. Top with strawberry or vanilla ice-cream, whipped cream, hot-fudge sauce and top with a cherry each. Garnish with a sprig of mint and dig in!