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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 onlyinrhodeisland.com 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.

            2. Hot fudge on chocolate with a good dollop of whipped cream. Hot caramel on butter pecan. Any kind of fresh-fruit compote over really good vanilla - I made some strawberry-rhubarb once and decided not to put it in a pie, but over ice cream instead, and I was damned glad I did.

              1. Vanilla ice cream, oreos and reeses pieces, hot fudge and caramel sauce, whipped cream and a cherry.

                  1. re: arizonagirl

                    Sweet cream ice cream.
                    hot fudge.
                    strawberries piled high.
                    toasted coconut.

                  2. Your daughter's sundae cracks me up...whatever floats her boat! I just like vanilla ice cream with hot fudge and maybe some nuts...that's all!

                    I also love Coldstone's cake batter ice cream with rainbow sprinkles and graham cracker crust, the best!

                    1. So many flavors, so little time......I quess my absolute favorite is Almond Joy ice cream with hot fudge and hot marshmallow. Second though is butter pecan with caramel and whipped cream. It's endless!

                      1. For simplicity, marshmallow soft-serve w/ rainbow sprinkles.


                        Hot fudgy, chewy (around the edges) brownie topped with french vanilla ice cream melting precariously over the plate w/ a drizzling of gooey, viscous hot fudge, and some crushed oreos (good pieces, not just the crumbs w/o the filling).

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                        1. re: Emme

                          Where oh where do you find marshmellow soft serve???

                          1. re: pickychicky1979

                            Well, I know Columbo makes it... my local Yogurt Zone in Los Angeles serves it, but I don't know where you find it in Texas. You might ask your local purveyor of frozen yogurt (assuming they serve Columbo brand) if they might be willing to work marshmallow into the rotation.

                        2. Braums sold a Key Lime ice cream several years ago. It had a fudge ribbon running through it. The ice cream on it's own was great. But it was heavenly made into a hot fudge sundae. How I wish I could buy that ice cream today.

                          1. Vanilla ice cream, sliced bananas and caramel sauce. I've been making sundaes at work all Summer, and sometimes people choose the oddest combinations.

                            1. jfood loves hot fudge. the problem has always been placing hot fudge on ice cream is well, shrinkage, ice cream melts. So jfood has developed the two-dish sundae. Dish 1 is hot fudge. Dish 2 is the ice cream and other non "hot" toppings.

                              So to answer the questions. Coffee ice cream, heath bar chunks, banana slices and whipped cream. The you take a scoop from both dishes and you have the perfect sundae.

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                              1. re: jfood

                                My favorite since high school is a Baskin Robbins hot fudge sundae with jamocha almond fudge ice cream, sliced bananas, whipped cream & chopped nuts. I have had some other good ice creams but as far as a sundae, nothing has topped BR. I have yet to find hot fudge in a grocery store (even upscale) to match the texture & flavor of BR's. If anyone has a recommendation for hot fudge, I'd love to know! BTW, I live in the San Francisco Peninsula.

                                1. re: jfood

                                  For this reason I always use cold fudge of course, my husband thinks i am a little wierd.

                                2. french vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup and spanish peanuts...my Dad used to call them "Mexican sundaes" The salty nuts and sweet ice cream/syrup make a great combo.

                                  1. Vanilla based ice cream (could have cookie dough, caramel, or whatever), topped with crunchy cereal (crispix, chex, etc.) and a little choc syrup. Good times...

                                    1. I love an old fashioned banana split. Sliced banana, scoops of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream, topped with hot fudge, whipped cream and a cherry. Yum.

                                      1. My absolute favorite is a brownie, topped with chocolate ice cream , topped with hot fudge, whippped cream, sliced bananas, nuts and a cherry. Heaven!

                                        1. One secret I've discovered about the perfect sundae is the size: small. The Sugar Bowl in Scottsdale has an option for small sundaes (which are cheaper, of course), which aren't so overwhelming and leave you ready for another one in a few days.

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                                          1. re: Fida

                                            That's funny, I've discovered quite the opposite: I like 'em big :)

                                          2. One scoop lemon custard ice cream. One scoop peppermint ice cream. Covered with marshmallow sauce, whipped cream, chopped nuts and at least one cherry. All courtesy of Fosselman's in southern California. Mmmmm.

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                                            1. re: ilovegobo

                                              C.C. Browns: perfect hot fudge sundae, perfect atmosphere, perfect location. I don't suppose it's still there-- near Graumann's Chinese Theater?
                                              Gosh, I'm old.

                                              Oops, there have been quite a few posts on this-- never mind, I take it back. Not that that will prevent me from being old.

                                              1. re: wearybashful

                                                Haven't ever been there, but I'll look into it. Thanks for the tip!

                                            2. Ah! The perfect sundae. The stuff that dreams are made of.

                                              When I was a little girl, my Aunts used to take me to Schraffts and we would all have Sundaes. The grown ups' favorite was Coffee Ice Cream with Hot Butterscotch Sauce and Freshly Whipped Cream. It is still my favorite, even though Schraffts is long gone.

                                              I also love a Classic Hot Fudge Sundae with good Vanilla Ice Cream, Hot Fudge and fresh Whipped Cream. I buy a big cup of the Hot Fudge from my local Haagen Dazs and reheat in the microwave.

                                              My favorites from living in Nice, and being a devoted fan of Fenocchio in the gorgeously Baroque Place Rossetti in le Vieux Nice are Lavander, Violet and Rose. Sitting in the very Italianate Place across from Sta Reparata Cathedral, the fountain bubbling in the center of the piazza, to a Sundae here, is one of the great, unforgettable pleasures of life. The Framboisier - Vanilla Ice Cream, Fresh Raspberries, Raspberry Coulis and drifts of fresh Chantilly, or the Fraisier, with fresh, perfect little Strawberries. All are wonderful.