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Aug 21, 2007 07:58 AM

The perfect ice cream sundae

I took my three year old to get an ice cream sundae from a new yogurt/ice cream place in town last night. I let her choose her flavor and toppings, yet, i became a bit mortified when she concocted a strawberry ice cream sundae topped with gummy bears and caramel. She proclaimed it was "perfect" but I beg to differ!
That leaves me with this question: What is your perfect ice cream sundae? what flavor ice cream/toppings/ etc?

For me its all about Cookies and Cream Ice Cream with Fresh Strawberries, kind of an unusual mixture but its so amazing :)

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  1. In the Philippines, they make a sort of "sundae" out of ice cream, red beans, young coconut, jackfruit, creamed corn, condensed milk, evaporated milk and shaved ice. I used to absolutely love them with purple yam ice cream and no red beans.

    If I could have anything I wanted for a classic sundae, though, I think I'd have to go with purple yam, coconut and sesame ice creams, topped off with cashews, caramel, desiccated coconut, cake bits, crushed Oreos (only on the coconut and sesame), whipped cream and maraschino cherries. The only thing that would make this any better would be the addition of a winning lotto ticket on top!

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    1. re: JungMann

      The Philippine delight you described is known as a "halo-halo", which means, more or less, "mish-mash". My wife is from the Philippines originally, and she and our Filipina nanny love them on hot summer days. If there's a Filipino grocery near you, the young coconut is known as "macapuno".

    2. I am sort of a simpleton. For me it is good ol' vanila, topped w/chocolate sauce, toffee bits, and a sliced ripe banana. Yummy!

      1. We've been canning a prune plum conserve with raisins, oranges and walnuts. I like to warm it up with a bit of Triple Sec and put it on vanilla ice cream.

        1. I love chocolate, so for me it's some chocolate ice cream, maybe some vanilla ice cream, and maybe some chocolate/peanut butter ice cream (or any combination thereof) with hot fudge and real whipped cream. Just a little bit of whipped cream.

          And no fruit with ice cream...ever.

          1. If I can get really good vanilla ice cream, I top it with honey, toasted almonds, and cinnamon.

            Otherwise it's coffee ice cream with coffee syrup.

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            1. re: sheiladeedee

              both of those sound like really good ideas. unfortunately i can't get the coffee syrup, living outside of RI now.
              (p.s I don't think people that haven't lived there get how unique/weird RI is - did you know there are 40 distinct accents -studied by academic linguists- in the state? totally it's own country!)

              1. re: fara

                Try for your choice of Eclipse or Autocrat - we're an Eclipse family ourselves. And yes, even though I have lived here for almost 40 years I'm still not used to it. I have no trouble believing the accents, given the reluctance of many native Rhode Islanders to leave their neighborhoods. My husband is an anomoly, having been born in Providence, lived in Cumberland, and now moved to the East Bay.