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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!

                  1. Malted Milk Powder - The salty grit is a good combo with the sweet smooth.

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                    1. re: violet heather

                      Exactly! My big brother always put Nestle Quik powder on his ice cream. Ah, good memories. The chocolatey crunch is a great compliment to the smooth vanilla.

                      1. re: sillyrabbit

                        I *love* Ovaltine powder on vanilla ice cream.

                      2. Dulce de leche
                        Cereal - either healthy (Grape Nuts) or indulgent (Cocoa Puffs)
                        Pretzels
                        Crushed peanut butter sandwich crackers
                        Red hots
                        Crushed chips of any kind

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                        1. re: piccola

                          Grapenut flavored ice cream is super popular where I live!

                        2. Treacly Pedro Ximinez sherry
                          A shot of scotch with a dusting of finely ground espresso beans

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                          1. re: carswell

                            I was going to recommend finely ground espresso powder. It sounds a little wierd if you've never tried it, but it definitely transcends. Never tried it with scotch; that sounds delicious. (Hello, Carswell)

                          2. Not really adult, but I love salted Spanish peanuts & really good honey...

                            1. caramel and pretzels

                              1. kahlua,
                                warmed peanut butter
                                nutella
                                wet nuts

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                                1. re: lucyis

                                  I was wondering when someone would start with the alcohol! I have tried Kahlua, Amaretto, and Baileys. They are all good. I'll bet Godiva Chocolate Liquours would be tasty, as well.

                                  1. re: GreenDragon

                                    I dont know if it's still made or not, but there used to be an Israeli liqueur called Sabra, kind of an orange/chocolate kind of thing. Too sweet in all but the tiniest of sips, but great over vanilla ice cream.

                                    And now that I'm thinking about it, i remember having spumoni with Cointreau a long time ago and enjoying that too.

                                    1. re: Fydeaux

                                      Sabra is still around. My parents had a bottle lying around when I was young and I remember liking it. Picked up a bottle a few years back, and it's way too sweet for me now. Will have to try it over ice cream. Those liqueurs don't spoil, do they?

                                      1. re: Steve Green

                                        Nah. The incredibly high sugar content should keep it just as good as the day you opened it. Gaaaaah Sabra. My folks kept a bottle of it around, and me and my girlfriends snatched that and a bottle of sloe gin in high school, and proceeded to get sickeningly buzzed, and I do mean sickeningly, and the aftermath was.....not good.

                                      2. re: Fydeaux

                                        You are the only other person I've come across who remembers Sabra, delightful stuff! I used it with Amaretto, Frangelico, and Kahlua in a memorable tiramisu--and have never been able to find it again.....:(

                                      3. re: GreenDragon

                                        Ha. Thanks for the reminder. We used to pour Menta, an electric-green mint liqueur, over ice cream. For the kids! Italians are crazy like that. :o)

                                    2. Kellogg's Corn Flakes cereal, especially after the ice cream gets kinda soft and melty!

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                                      1. re: Sarah

                                        And Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Captain Crunch.

                                        1. re: Emme

                                          Yes! CT Crunch on Dreyer's Double Vanilla rocks! I'm not alone!

                                          1. re: Emme

                                            Captain Crunch with a drizzle of caramel and a sprinkle of sea salt is insanely good.

                                        2. coarse sea salt and apple pie

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                                          1. re: peppatty

                                            First time I see "apple pie" as a topping...

                                          2. Espresso powder and brandy. Thank you Julia Child!

                                              1. Bar none, amarena cherries (wild Italian mountain cherries in syrup; Fabbri is the most commonly available brand in the US, in the white & blue glass/porcelainish vase-shaped containers).

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                                                1. re: Karl S

                                                  By far my favorite of all gelato flavors - I order it every time I see it! Nothing is better than amarena!

                                                2. Extra crunchy peanut butter. That's all I want on my vanilla.......

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                                                  1. re: Abacus

                                                    You can also mix the peanut butter with the maple syrup someone mentioned earlier, and pour over a combo of both...

                                                    or Kahlua.

                                                    1. re: Abacus

                                                      Almond butter works well too - it's runnier than PB, more like a sauce

                                                    2. Rhubarb compote. We just had this last night over vanilla ice cream. And such a beautiful color.

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                                                      1. re: sue zookie

                                                        Yes, I agree -- a loose rhubarb compote, like the Bonne Maman one. It's also very nice with waffles and cream.

                                                      2. Someone's already mentioned basalmic vinegar, but here's another fave of mine:

                                                        Powdered ginger. Divine!

                                                          1. re: Displaced California Foodie

                                                            Edy's out east has this already blended into a vanilla base this time of year. Very good.

                                                          2. Perhaps toasted cubes of really good pound or chiffon cake? Then topped with the eater's choice of syrup? Awww, now I am getting hungry!

                                                            ETA: How about a riff on waffle cones? Make a batch of homemade waffles, perhaps a flavored kind like gingerbread, cut into strips and toast until slighty crispy. Then people can poke as many strips as they like into their cups of ice cream or dip into a selection of syrups.

                                                            1. I like to top my vanilla ice-cream with fresh-ground black pepper, and some Malton sea salt. Sometime I will substitute the black pepper with chilli powder.

                                                              I always like to have some salty component with my sweets, and sometimes a kick! (like this one)

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                                                              1. re: kobetobiko

                                                                me too! i've also tried crispy bacon.

                                                              2. Not necessarily unusual, but honey or kahlua or irish cream

                                                                1. toasted coconut
                                                                  pineapple
                                                                  salted pistachios - i get them shelled from Trader Joes
                                                                  wet walnuts
                                                                  brownie cubes
                                                                  peanut brittle
                                                                  candy cane bark
                                                                  turtles
                                                                  cinammon and sugar

                                                                  Fresh whipped cream

                                                                  1. I don't think I went to a single 80s birthday party that didn't somehow involve marshmallow fluff.

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                                                                    1. re: tomato

                                                                      i guess we should add Magic Shell to the list too then.

                                                                      1. re: tomato

                                                                        Heh! Like those "Double Dare" themed parties (after the TV show) where one of the "challenges" involved sticking your face into a vat of this stuff to fish out a spoon with your tongue? I loved those!!

                                                                        Err... okay, never mind.

                                                                        1. re: cimui

                                                                          I forgot about Double Dare & their physical challenges! Rock on marshmallow fluff!

                                                                          1. re: lizrdkng67

                                                                            the big nose, where you had to pull the flag out of the nostril! yikes.

                                                                      2. trader joe's pumpkin pie spice with extra ginger or cardamon

                                                                        and something taught to me in quebec when I was eight- dark maple syrup, mmm....

                                                                        1. Grade B Maple Syrup
                                                                          Assorted unusual honeys like buckwheat, tupalo, leatherwood
                                                                          Assorted premium liqueurs like Drambuie, Benedictine, Grand Marnier, Chambord, etc.
                                                                          Homemade Fruit syrups and sauces
                                                                          Ginger Syrup
                                                                          Fruit compotes
                                                                          Nut compotes
                                                                          Hot Sauces, especially some of the sweet and fruit based ones
                                                                          Whiskey, rum, and spirit soaked fruit and dried fruit like dark rum soaked pineapple or Bourbon soaked dried apricots
                                                                          Reduced balsamic vinegar
                                                                          Assorted high quality baking style spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger
                                                                          Chopped candied ginger, candied citrus peel, candied fruit
                                                                          Dried pineapple, banana chips, etc.
                                                                          Assorted chopped nuts
                                                                          Honey roasted nuts
                                                                          Wine and spice poached pears, peaches, and stone fruit
                                                                          Rough chopped, sugar and spice sauteed apples
                                                                          Dessert wines
                                                                          Bananas Foster
                                                                          Cherries Jubilee
                                                                          Bitters

                                                                          1. Creme de menthe over vanilla

                                                                            Peanut butter with hershey's chocolate syrup mixed over vanilla

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                                                                            1. re: tobycat

                                                                              aw toby...
                                                                              my nana used to make me ice cream with creme de menthe on it. ahhh. i miss her.

                                                                            2. I think melted peanut butter or peanut butter cups would be amazing on vanilla ice cream. or perhaps melted crunchy m&ms.

                                                                                1. I have always loved good Vanilla Ice Cream with some warmed real Grade B Maple Syrup. Just the right combo.

                                                                                  1. dark maple syrup mixed with a shot of Jack Daniel's - pure vanilla heaven to top off your ice cream!

                                                                                    1. Get a really good sweet Russian Imperial Stout and make a Stout Float. Man oh man are these good.

                                                                                        1. my dad's thanksgiving cranberry sauce
                                                                                          some coffee or espresso, gets a bit melty and oh so delicious!

                                                                                              1. My Dad's cousin invented Colby cheese. He was less well known for his ice cream
                                                                                                sunday known as a Joe's Special. Vanilla ice cream covered with chocolate syrup,
                                                                                                plain malted milk powder on top of chocolate sauce, then sprinkled with peanuts.

                                                                                                1. Spanish preserved pumpkin chunks (they come in a jar of dark sweet syrup and I forget the name) and toasted pepitas.

                                                                                                  1. i had this in japan and it was wonderful:
                                                                                                    a really mild soy sauce drizzled over vanilla ice cream. just a little bit though...

                                                                                                    also: RIVER CHOCOLATE COMPANY CHOCOLATE SAUCES!!
                                                                                                    totally amazing. made from single plantation chocolates and mixed so each has a distinct flavor. my favorites are the moroccan orange (blood orange and caradmom infused cream in dark chocolate) and kumbe african (dark chocolate with a kenyan dark roast, delicate)
                                                                                                    http://www.localharvest.org/store/M6993

                                                                                                    1. I second soy sauce! Sounds starnge I know.. but it comes out like butterscotch, really! Works best with vanilla soft serve Ithink... although I'm a fan of fresh churned myself :)

                                                                                                      1. Wow. These suggestions are WONDERFUL. I'm going to have the best ice cream bar that's ever existed thanks to all of you. =)

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                                                                                                        1. re: cimui

                                                                                                          Can you report back afterwards and tell us what you put out and what were the favorites?

                                                                                                          1. re: JMF

                                                                                                            Yes--if I live to tell the tale. =)

                                                                                                          1. Maple Syrup with walnuts gets my vote. It is so delicious... maybe I'll go get one for breakfast!

                                                                                                              1. 1) "Sawdust": put any old cheap peanut brittle through the Cuisinart to powder it. 2) Any liqueur---Kahlua, amaretto, Chambord, Chocolate Cherry, etc.. 3) Put some chopped glace' fruit (fruitcake fruit) in a Mason jar with some walnuts or pecans and some chocolate chips. Cover with dark rum (like Myer's), put a top on the jar, and let sit ad infinitum in the refrigerator.

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                                                                                                                1. re: Querencia

                                                                                                                  Oh my! This sounds dangerously good.

                                                                                                                2. Had this at Bouillabaisse 126 in Brooklyn - was the recipe of a former manager's French grandmother. It was a warmed mixture of halved strawberries slightly cooked in butter, a bit of browned sugar, and balsamic vinegar. Serve over vanilla gelato. This was a nice variation on the berries dashed with balsamic that I like to have in the summer.

                                                                                                                  1. Chestnut honey, thinned out slightly and warmed.

                                                                                                                    1. Ice cream bar was a huge hit, Chowhounds! Thanks again for all your great suggestions. Toppings served included:

                                                                                                                      warmed grade B maple syrup
                                                                                                                      clover honey
                                                                                                                      homemade hot fudge and butterscotch sauces
                                                                                                                      cherry brandy
                                                                                                                      pear schnapps
                                                                                                                      Bailey's
                                                                                                                      bourbon whiskey
                                                                                                                      roasted pears
                                                                                                                      candied pecans, crushed pistachios
                                                                                                                      crushed potato chips
                                                                                                                      crushed rice Chex, peanut butter Cap'n'Crunch, Rice Krispie Treats cereal, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch
                                                                                                                      espresso powder
                                                                                                                      cubes of pound cake
                                                                                                                      cubes of cheese cake
                                                                                                                      phyllo cups
                                                                                                                      graham cracker crumbs

                                                                                                                      I didn't take a poll to see what my guests liked best--all the toppings got hit pretty hard--but my personal favorite combo was bourbon and honey. Wow. I might have to have that again for dessert tonight. =)

                                                                                                                      1. Once, aftter poaching pears in port, I boiled the leftover port into a syrupy sauce... that was the best vanilla ice cream topping I've ever had. Second best was chocolate fudge zinfandel sauce from a Napa winery. Can't remember which one.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: 2m8ohed

                                                                                                                          Mmm, the pears were definitely a nice, nice addition. I liked roasting because you end up with a crust that's almost carmelized. I plan to try this with other fruit. Bet figs and peaches would be great.

                                                                                                                          Sounds like an interesting sauce. I haven't really ever really gotten the hang of chocolate with non-dessert red wine (most wines are acidic enough that the combo tastes a bit off to me), but if you can remember the name, I'd love to try.

                                                                                                                          1. how about canned cream of corn?

                                                                                                                            sounds very asian

                                                                                                                            1. crushed lorna doone's.

                                                                                                                              1. I reduce any leftover red wine with some sugar and crushed cardamom pods. Strain it once it is a (not too thick) syrup consistency and drizzle over ice cream when warm but not hot.

                                                                                                                                It started with having it leftover from poached pears, like 2m8ohed, and then I added the cardamom.

                                                                                                                                1. i literally like every idea so far, but for unusual i say you go with Pop Rocks!

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                                                                                                                                  1. Smoked almonds and bittersweet hot fudge sauce -- salty, smoky, sweet, doesn't get any better!

                                                                                                                                    1. 1. Unsweetened cocoa powder.
                                                                                                                                      2. Salted nuts.
                                                                                                                                      3. Hot espresso.
                                                                                                                                      4. Don't forget whipped cream!

                                                                                                                                      1. Sorghum for Southerns and wanna be Southerns like me. I find it also goes great with strawberry ice cream too.

                                                                                                                                        1. Not reading all now because I am at work buy my gramma used to put on Spanish peanuts and real maple syrup.

                                                                                                                                          My best friend as a kid would use gummy bears.

                                                                                                                                          I like warm nutella.

                                                                                                                                          1. A fruit-based granita (I like lemon or grapefruit) for textural contrast and the sweet-sourness vs rich creaminess balance.

                                                                                                                                            Jams (Christine Ferber's confiture if you can get them, would probably work well, with a light and thinner consistency).

                                                                                                                                            (The topping I most often get though, is another scoop of ice cream, but I guess that doesn't count.)

                                                                                                                                            1. Finely, finely sliced salty black licorice.

                                                                                                                                              1. This is a five year old thread, but since it's come up again, recently I've been cooking fresh pineapple chunks with brown sugar until it's all thickened and adding a splash of rum at the end and serving that over vanilla ice cream.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: gmm

                                                                                                                                                  I still have two cups of pineapple in the fridge that we brought back from Kona last week. I am totally surprising my new husband with this dessert tonight. Thank you!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gmm

                                                                                                                                                    It works just fine with canned pineapple chunks too. Wish I had some right now. :) Hope you enjoyed it!

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gmm

                                                                                                                                                      We did, thanks again!
                                                                                                                                                      It was so quick and easy, and a delicious treat. I should have cooked the fresh pineapple a little longer in the brown sugar, as it was still a little firm for me, so I can totally see how canned pineapple would work well. Perfect way to enjoy the last of our honeymoon pineapple, thank you!

                                                                                                                                                  2. Potato chips and chocolate syrup! Back in the 1980's I had a friend who ate ice cream with chips and chocolate syrup, and I was horrified yet mesmerised at the same time. I finally tried it and it was great! You have to just leave the chips on top and eat fast though or they get soggy.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: littlemissmuffin

                                                                                                                                                      have you tried Ben and Jerry's Late Night Snack?

                                                                                                                                                    2. Slightly crushed pretzel M&Ms... the salty/sweet crunchy/creamy contrasts are awesome.

                                                                                                                                                      1. Well, I've scanned the list and I don't think anyone else has mentioned my favorite ice cream topping. Cross and Blackwells Mince Meat! It is drop dead deeeeeelicious! Great at Christmas time, but I like it just as much on 4th of July. Try it, you'll LIKE it!

                                                                                                                                                        1. There was once a fancy icecream parlor at the Town and Country Center in Palo Alto -- many, many decades ago. They had a sundae like I've never seen before or since - It was a generous bowl of vanilla ice cream with a great big scoop of semi-soft chocolate something-or-other. Like a cross between mousse and fudge. Hey - when you're 19 you can eat stuff like that. Don't remember if whipped cream and a cherry were part of the production, but that would be good too.

                                                                                                                                                          1. If you can get it...it's Canadian, and not well distributed in the US...is Sortilege liqueur. This blend of maple syrup and Canadian whiskey is wonderful on vanilla ice cream!

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: josephnl

                                                                                                                                                              Haven't read all the replies but I was going to say walnuts and maple syrup (my favorite FroYo place had this as a topping choice). Sortilege sounds great for an adult crowd! :o)

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: pdxgastro

                                                                                                                                                                Yup, home made "maple walnut" ice cream. Yours is my "go to" topping whenever I have vanilla at home!

                                                                                                                                                            2. This tastes as good as it sounds weird. Cut up one habenero chili pepper as fine as you can after remove: stem, seeds, and ribs. Heat on medium above boiling heat with one can of crushed pineapple in a sauce pan until sauce turns light brown when begins to caramelize. The combination of hot and sweet is very tasty. Great over vanilla ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                              Sometimes serve it with Hershey's chocolate syrup from a can with the yellow plastic lid. Also like it with fresh strawberries when in season. Also good with a banana pealed and sliced.

                                                                                                                                                              Good things to have to top ice cream include: sprinkles, chocolate chips, strawberries, blue berries, raspberries, almonds, peanuts, & walnuts. How about to cut / break up candy into chunks that dairy queen makes blizard flavors our of like: Heath, Resers Peanut Butter Cup, Butter Finger, M&M's...

                                                                                                                                                              Possibly put the vanilla ice cream on top of cake, a good cookie, or maybe a chewy brownie before you get started for another texture.

                                                                                                                                                              Hope you guys have fun!

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: smaki

                                                                                                                                                                That chili/pineapple concoction sounds great!

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: pdxgastro

                                                                                                                                                                  It is. If try it you will see. The sweet takes away the extreme hot leaving great flavor. I often enjoy the pineapple chili caramel by itself with vanilla ice cream. While sometimes great with the other stuff and is tasty on all kinds of ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                              2. I heard a guy on NPR mention that he put high quality olive oil on vanilla ice cream- I've been dying to try it

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: DrMag

                                                                                                                                                                  i can vouch that olive oil on either chocolate or vanilla ice creams is incredible. even better with lemon zest and/or flaky sea salt. NOMS.

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                                                                                                                                                                    i love to top chocolate mousse or chocolate ice cream with olive oil powder (made from whizzing together olive oil with tapioca maltodextrin until powdered). according to molecularrecipes.com:
                                                                                                                                                                    "There is still a scientific explanation of why chocolate pairs well with olive oil. Chocolate is made up of cacao solids, cacao butter, vanilla and sugar. Cacao butter is very fatty and coats the tongue. The extra virgin olive oil decreases the fat thanks to the polyphenols it contains, a class of antioxidants found in a variety of foods, and these polyphenols dry the mouth and allow the cacao flavor to come through."
                                                                                                                                                                    must try pairing with vanilla now.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. When I was little, I used to like to put apple butter on vanilla ice cream. Today I think I would mix in some brandy with the apple butter, just enough to make it syrupy.

                                                                                                                                                                    Somebody mentioned mincemeat as a topping, and I love that idea. It occurs to me that if one should have any charosset left over from Passover, that would be good too.

                                                                                                                                                                    Gotta love these zombie threads!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. I responded to this over five years ago... but just a few days ago I got to sample a brand new product just hitting the shelves. Filthy Black Cherry's! Filthy Foods is a line of premium cocktail garnishes like olives stuffed with blue cheese, hot peppers, or cornichons, and actually tasty maraschino cherries, but these new candied black cherries are unbelievably good. I had some of them and the syrup over ice cream and it was sublime. I actually contacted the brand owner, who I have met a few times, and suggested he bottle the syrup to sell.

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                          They are wild, Italian, Amarena cherries, slow cooked in a copper pot.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. We saute sliced almonds in butter, and then add a pinch of salt and about 1/2 c. good honey; stir till hot, and serve over ice cream Yum. Crazy-good.

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                                                                                                                                                                          I need to go to the store for almonds and honey RIGHT NOW. :)

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                                                                                            bd, this is really something over excellent vanilla or chocolate. And believe it or not it also works with peach and it's not too sweet.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                            Okay for you! I'm gonna charge MY Weight Watchers membership to YOUR credit card! Gotta go... Almost time to add the salt and honey! :-)

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                                                                                              Enjoy now, pay later. Ahhhhhhh life.
                                                                                                                                                                              Make it a good-sized pinch, too. Oh, and if you really cook it down, it will harden into a crackly glaze when it hits the nice cold icy ice cream - but honestly I like it more thick and syrupy, with the crunchy almonds. Still, the above is a nice party trick. Hippie Jubilee.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                It's "What's for breakfast?" I'm eating it as I write! And forced my housekeeper-for-the-elderly to have some with me. She just lost 25 pounds and may be cursing us both by morning! I did make it so it gets hard and crackly as it cools on the ice cream Delicious! Thank you and curse you all at the same time. And damn me for totally lacking will power! '-)

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                                                                                                  Gawd, you are wonderful. Please to post this on WFB immediately!! Did she like it? And it totally counts for a breakfast item, too, since it hits ever so many food groups: you got your dairy, your protein, your...um, okay, well, sugar. Anyway. With a nice rare steak and veg for dinner, you've done what MFK Fisher The Food Goddess recommends: balance the day, not the meal.

                                                                                                                                                                          3. I made photographs of 14 of these Ideas here: http://www.chow.com/galleries/330/cho...

                                                                                                                                                                            All of these were great additions to vanilla ice cream! The Habanero Pineapple, Smoky Coffee Sundae,and Brown Sugar-Balsamic Plum were a favorite.

                                                                                                                                                                            Enjoy! Chris of Chow -helmut fig newton

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: helmut fig newton

                                                                                                                                                                              Excellent photographs! Just beautiful!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Fydeaux

                                                                                                                                                                                Fydeaux, Thank you, I appreciate it!

                                                                                                                                                                                Chris

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: helmut fig newton

                                                                                                                                                                                  Chris, Love it. You rock. Great picture and thoughts about a personal favorite. Some things sound weird but work together if try.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. I make green figs in vanilla syrup - cooks very slow in a crock pot for about 18 hours. Dark, sweet melt in your mouth goodness. Wonderful with vanilla or coffee ice cream!

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