10 Simple Ways to Take a Scoop of Ice Cream to the Next Level ~ don’t get me wrong, a plain scoop of ice cream is a wonderful thing, especially in summer ~ but sometimes it could use a helping hand, you know?
Maybe you have half a tub of vanilla ice cream in the freezer and friends coming over for dinner. Maybe you made a beautiful, minimalist vanilla bean ice cream from scratch, but tonight you’re feeling a little maximalist. Whatever the reason, sometimes you just need to turn a humble scoop of ice cream into a little something extra. I leafed through the tvfgi archives and came up with some neat ideas to help you out with that…
DIY Magic Shell
Did you know it’s beyond simple to make your own magic-shell-type sauce? Two ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry are all that stand between you and a magical, crackly chocolate topping on your ice cream. The real bonus is that your homemade magic shell will actually taste like real chocolate. And as if that wasn’t good enough, I also have recipes for Nutella Magic Shell, and Vanilla Bean Magic Shell!
Cooked Fruit Sauce
A quick stint in a saucepan or in the oven can intensify the flavors of fresh fruit, leaving you with an amazing sauce for your ice cream. I especially like roasting juicy summer stone-fruit like peaches and plums for a minimal-effort accompaniment to ice cream that tastes pretty amazing.
- Roasted Plums with Ice Cream
- Bourbon Fried Peaches with Ice Cream
- Individual Raspberry Pavlovas (the raspberry sauce in this recipe would be fantastic on ice cream!)
Affogato is all about contrast ~ hot, bitter coffee or espresso poured over cold, creamy, sweet ice cream. It’s about as easy as dessert gets, but surprisingly sophisticated and complex. My Cardamom Affogato is made with homemade cardamom ice cream and espresso, but you could make it extra special by topping it with intense Turkish Coffee.
Hot Fudge Sauce
My Simple Bittersweet Hot Fudge Sauce is nostalgic and delicious. It’s so thick and rich that it’s solid at room temp, but heat it up and you’ve got the best thing to ever hit a scoop of ice cream.
Ice Cream Bon Bons
Once you’ve mastered making your own magic shell sauce, you’re awfully close to making your own adorable Ice Cream Bon Bons. Mini scoops of ice cream are dunked in a homemade magic shell and decorated with sprinkles. Customize them with your favorite chocolate, IMHO.
Jam or Fruit Curd
Citrus curd or fruit jam (warmed up if you like) is wonderful swirled into slightly softened ice cream, and might be just the thing if you don’t have a lot else in the kitchen or pantry. I’ve got tons of recipes on the blog for all sorts of jams and curds ~ from the classic to the unique and unusual, so get creative with your combinations! How about chocolate topped with blood orange jam, or vanilla topped with Meyer lemon curd?
- Blood Orange Jam
- Pink Grapefruit and Vanilla Bean Jam
- 3 Minute No Sugar Microwave Jam
- Vanilla Bean Pluot Jam
- Rhubarb Curd
- Easy Microwave Citrus Curd
Take that scoop (or 2!) of ice cream and blitz it into something incredible. My Toasted Almond Milkshake is an almond lover’s dream.
Make your own sprinkle ice cream cones
Even plain vanilla will look spectacular when it’s cradled in one of these bedazzled cones or waffle cups. These are fun to make and help whittle down your sprinkle stash.
Ice Cream Sandwiches
All sorts of cookies make a great ice cream sandwich ~ either homemade or store-bought. I’m partial to softer chewier cookies for easier eating. (Check out the list below for some recommendations.) My Ginger Cookie and Nutmeg Ice Cream Sandwiches combine the best of summer and fall.
- Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies
- Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Flourless Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Soft Batch Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
- Chewy Ginger Cookies
- Flourless White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies
Making your own Homemade Sprinkles is probably easier than you think, and so much fun! One batch will guarantee a funfetti filled season.