As the experts in frozen treats, we have a few tips and tricks that can help take your ice cream cravings to the next level. From unique toppings to the best ice cream accompaniments, we’re here to share some of our favorite creative ways to eat this frozen delight.
Creative Ice Cream Ideas
When you want something more spectacular than your average vanilla cone, try one of these ice cream dessert ideas!
Make It a Sandwich
An ice cream sandwich combines this beloved frozen favorite with another classic: cookies. Make a fresh batch of your favorite cookies, and while they’re firm but still warm, make a sandwich with ice cream for an easy and delicious dessert!
The best part about this treat is that there are endless options to customize it. Take some of these ice cream sandwich ideas from Tasty; churro ice cream sandwiches, lucky charms ice cream sandwiches, fudgy brownie ice cream sandwiches, and more!
There are no rules when it comes to putting our favorite ice cream between two untraditional buns.
Make it Caffeinated
Looking for a treat that’s cool and caffeinated? Try an affogato! This Italian recipe is super simple to make. All that you need is a good serving of ice cream (preferably coffee, vanilla, or chocolate) and a shot of espresso. Pour the hot coffee over the ice cream and top everything with shaved dark chocolate (and maybe even chopped hazelnuts) for some extra decadence.
If you want to up the caffeine, try making this with a ColdSnap™ frozen coffee. A Snappuccino™ makes the perfect base for this midday pick-me-up.
Make it Customizable
Having a party? Want to branch out of your ice cream comfort zone? Try an ice cream toppings bar! If you still want a bowl of your favorite classic chocolate or vanilla, these ice cream bar ideas can help you choose the best crunchy, sweet, salty, and fruity toppings to include. An ice cream bar is a perfect way to try new flavor combinations and test out your most wild ice cream sundae ideas. Who knows, it might just become your new favorite way to eat ice cream!
Make it a Float
Ice cream floats are classic, but more pairings exist than just your average root beer and vanilla. These ice cream float ideas from Taste of Home span everything from fun and fruity to rich and decadent. Some of our favorites are the caramel apple float that elevates vanilla ice cream with apple cider and ginger ale - just in time for fall. For a more adult drink, try the mimosa float. Simply add a serving of ice cream to this delicious brunch drink and prepare to have your taste buds tingle.
Make Food Fusion
The last of our ice cream ideas include fusing this classic treat with international dishes! Get inspired by tacos to make your own ice cream creation. We recommend using a homemade waffle as the shell and filling it up with your favorite frozen flavor and plenty of toppings. What about nachos? Dip some cinnamon-dusted chips in a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Spaghetti, another classic comfort food, inspired this novel ice cream sundae that’s popular in Europe. The vanilla ice cream looks just like pasta while strawberry sauce appears to be tomato sauce in this sweet twist.
Skip The Work with ColdSnap™
Want to skip the work of making some of these recipes? ColdSnap™ allows you to make a fresh batch of ice cream in an instant. The rapid freezing appliance produces single servings of frozen confections and frozen beverages. In less than two minutes, you can have a bowl of your favorite flavor of ice cream to enjoy or use a base for any of these creative recipes.
The best part? No preparation or cleanup is necessary to enjoy a ColdSnap™ confection. Simply choose your flavor and let the machine do the hard work. Keep an eye out for when ColdSnap™ will be available in an area near you!