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Ice Cream Sundaes for a Cold Winter Day

What better time for an ice cream sundae than the wintertime, of course! Below are a few delicious sundae recipes that will make you cozy on that cold winter day. Enjoy!

A CELEBRATION OF AMERICA’S QUINTESSENTIAL DESSERT
An Excerpt from the book by Michael Turback’s A Month of Sundaes (Red Rock Press, 2002)

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No dessert could be simpler than the Ice Cream Sundae – a scoop of ice cream, a sweet topping, and the ubiquitous whipped cream and cherry at the top. But icons are never really that simple, and, perhaps more than any other dish, the Sundae is an American icon.  Like people, nations are what they eat.  More than any other native dish, the Ice Cream Sundae is an essential reminder of the American genius for invention, passion for indulgence, and reputation for wackiness.  The French may have given refinement to ice cream with their coupes and parfaits, but it took American excess and ingenuity to create the Sundae.  It’s as messy and irresistible as democracy itself.

Sundaes are us, and they have been pleasuring our collective senses ever since 1892, when an enterprising Ithaca, New York, soda fountain proprietor accessorized a scoop of ice cream with sweet syrup and candied cherry, then named it after the Sabbath. A sundae is not just any dish, but a dessert that is original, enduring, and authentically American.  For well over a century, the ice cream sundae has been a symbol of our abundance and appetite, our ingenuity, and our never-lost youth.  In their assembly, sundaes provide an unrestrained opportunity to express our essential character.  They acquire personality not only through their combination of ingredients, but through the history that they witness.

Following the classic model, sundaes are served in footed, tulip-shaped glasses, filled with scoops of ice cream as the foundation for interplays of sauces or syrups, perhaps the crunch of nuts, and often a cloud of whipped cream and signature cherry.

SUNDAE MADNESS SUNDAE
Simply a lot of stuff!

Ingredients:
6 ½ ounces Soft Ice Cream
or
7 ounces Hard Ice Cream

1 ounce Milk Chocolate Fudge
1 ounce Caramel
1 tablespoon Pecan pieces
1 tablespoon Wet walnuts
1 teaspoon Chocolate sprinkles
1 tablespoon Chocolate chips-mini
Whipped cream
1 Cherry

Preparation:
Paint hot fudge on the bottom of a large sundae dish. On top of the fudge, place vanilla ice cream and cover with caramel, chopped walnuts, pecans, mini chocolate chips, and chocolate sprinkles. Top off the sundae with more fudge, whipped cream, and place a maraschino cherry on top.

TOM THE MONSTER MAN
Dedicated to the founder of Carvel who was one smart marketer. The larger this sundae looks, the more your family well enjoy it!

Ingredients:
5 – 2 ounces each Vanilla Soft Serve
5 – 2 ounces each Chocolate Soft serve
or
6- 3 ounces each any hard pack flavors

1 Brownie square
2 Chocolate chip cookies
3 Oreo cookies
2 ounces chopped walnuts
1 ounce chocolate chips
1 ounce Mini M&M’s
1 ounce Reese’s pieces
3 ounces hot milk fudge
Whipped cream
1 Cherry

Preparation:
Paint hot fudge on the bottom of a “very” large sundae dish or bucket (32 ounce size). On top of the fudge, place a brownie, and then cover the brownie with the ice cream. Next, place the chopped walnuts, Reese’s Pieces, pecans, and mini chocolate chip cookies and, and chocolate chips. Top off the sundae with more fudge and whipped cream, and place three Oreo and a maraschino cherry on top.

MOM’S APPLE PIE SUNDAE
This sundae will sell well in the fall and winter… or make it at home. Tastes just like eating an apple pie. Made by Mom!

Ingredients:
6 ½ ounces Soft Ice Cream
or
7 ounces Hard Ice Cream

1 ounce Caramel sauce
1 tablespoon Apple topping
1 ounce chopped walnuts
Whipped cream
1 Cherry

Preparation:
Paint caramel sauce on the bottom of a large sundae dish. On top of the caramel, place vanilla ice cream and cover with apple pie topping, and chopped walnuts. Top off the sundae with more caramel and whipped cream, and place a maraschino cherry on top.

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