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Favorite unusual toppings for vanilla ice cream?

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I'm throwing a friend of mine a blast from the past birthday party complete with laser tag (we're 80s babies) and an ice cream bar. I'm planning on buying good vanilla ice cream and laying out a bunch of toppings--but with a semi-adult twist. Aside from the usual suspects like hot fudge, crushed cookies and candy, what would you have on hand? I love mandarin oranges in syrup or lychees in syrup over mine, maybe azuki or sweet mung beans. Other ideas?

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  1. Fresh buttered popcorn.

    Cinnamon flavored graham crackers w/ sauteed apples in Calvados.

    Chocolate (white or dark) covered pretzels.

    1. This just popped up in conversation last night. One of the early New American restaurants in Salt Lake City was Café Bacchus. The chef has resurfaced at a new wine bar in town and it reminded me of what was then (late '80s')a most unusual dessert:

      Homemade vanilla bean ice cream with raspberries and balsamic vinegar. AWESOME!

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      1. re: GroovinGourmet

        I recently bought a bottle of fig balsamic vinegar with just this in mind... Wonderful -- great combo of sweet & tart -- over Breyer's vanilla.

        Also, I'd be remiss if I didn't recommend my favorite food of all time, Jeni's Ice Cream, in Columbus, OH -- yes, she does mail order, and yes, these flavors are as decadent as they sound and worth every penny...

        http://www.jenisicecreams.com/

        1. re: spyturtle008

          That's funny, I was just at Jeni's on a trip to Columbus two weeks ago... and I got her Goat Cheese and Balsamic Fig ice cream :D Delish!

          1. re: spyturtle008

            Interesting. I have pear and cinnamon flavored balsamic that I bet would be delicious!

          2. re: GroovinGourmet

            I like to cook plums in a little brown sugar and balsamic and use them, warm, as a topping for ice cream or yogurt. YUM!

          3. I like gummy bears in my vanilla ice cream, but I don't know anyone else who does. :) my friend used to work at a small frozen yogurt place (not ColdStone) and she said some of the more popular choices were - animal cookies (the pink and white ones with sprinkles), honey roasted peanuts, fresh pineapple with coconut, and granola.

            1. Dark amber maple syrup (preferably from Maine).

              1. Raspberry-Chipotle Sauce. Spicy, adult dessert fun!