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I just enjoyed a bowl of home made chocolate chip ice cream (vanilla bean blended with shave ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate), and what made it so satisfying was the sourdough hard pretzels I dipped in it. This is one of my favorite treats. The sweet, salty, cold & crunchy combination is a winning one for me.

What do you like in or on your ice cream?

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  1. Kahlua

    1. fried plantains
      macadamia nuts
      honey
      maple syrup
      rhubarb compote
      currant compote
      mango halves
      her

      1. my mouf

        1. Espresso powder
          Nutella
          Strawberry jam
          Crushed graham crackers... or Ritz crackers even :-)

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          1. re: lynnlato

            Try warming the Nutella up a bit!

          2. hot fudge & Friendly's peanut butter sauce
            hot fudge & caramel sauce
            bananas or peaches Foster
            whipped cream and a cherry

            LL: know what I bet you'd love? Chocolate dipped pretzel thins (or pretzel crisps, depending on brand), crumbled into or over your ice cream.

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            1. re: kattyeyes

              OMG, you just reminded me that they have peanut butter dipped pretzels now - I would oh so love those on my ice cream too!

              Of course, there's always bacon too. ;-P

              1. re: lynnlato

                Oooh, how did I forget bacon! :)

              2. re: kattyeyes

                Katty, as you know we visit the Asian markets in NYC all the time... although I'm not a fan of chocolate-dipped pretzels, I can tell you that at markets like Lotte, Rhee Brothers and the like they carry the "Pocky sticks" in all sorts of scrumptious flavors/coatings -- and one can certainly add that to ice cream.

                1. re: shaogo

                  Ooooh, yes, and not just those, but the little chocolate fish, too. The name escapes me, but bet you know exactly what I mean. They come in an octagonal box, maybe? Mmmmmmmmm...cookie outside, chocolate inside the fish. What are they called?! They are tasty little vittles!

              3. fresh-out-of-the-oven chocolate brownies or chocolate chips cookies. The melding of the hot gooeyness and the the cold ice cream is positively other-worldly.

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                1. re: brooklynkoshereater

                  Definitely this but it HAS to be with coffee ice cream. If I don't have any bakery treats around then I'll mix in some Heath Bar pieces with the coffee ice cream. Or, if I want a milkshake it has to be coffee ice cream, 2 tbsp of coffee syrup and a 1/4 cup of milk.

                  Can you tell that I like coffee ice cream? :)

                  1. re: krisrishere

                    Shake from Carvel, Coffee ice cream, chocolate and coffee syrup.

                  2. re: brooklynkoshereater

                    Just came here to post the same, warm cookies or brownies and good ice cream melting over them....

                    1. re: brooklynkoshereater

                      Yesssssssssssssssss!

                    2. Peanut brittle

                      Churros

                      Warm banana bread

                      Apple pie

                      ... who am I kidding. I could eat ice cream and a leather shoe and still be happy.

                      1. Maldon sea salt on top of rich dark chocolate ice cream, yum.
                        Hubby thinks it's awful, but I love it.

                        Sourdough pretzels sound good too, I'll have to try it.

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                        1. re: jlcl119

                          I do the Maldon salt , I also like a little on top of dark chocolate ganache's covering torte's.

                        2. I love a decadently rich vanilla ice cream topped with a generous amount of mince meat. DEEEEE-licious!!! And during the holidays, I sometimes switch to egg nog ice cream *IF* I can find some that tastes really good and not "chemically." Oh and at Christmas I sometimes pour a little cognac over the mince pie filling and light it, then take a tray full of flaming dishes into the dining room with the lights out. But I do love the mixture of mince meat and vanilla ice cream any time of year!

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                          1. re: Caroline1

                            You always have something unusual and fabulous, Caroline! :-)

                            1. re: lynnlato

                              Decadent old broads are like that. Yeah, we are! '-)

                              1. re: Caroline1

                                haha Caroline :)

                                How do you make your mincemeat?

                                1. re: thefishcansgivejinjin

                                  sheesh! I FINALLY see this question three years later!!! I sincerely hope "better late than never" will still apply.

                                  Cross and Blackwell is the answer! I used to make my own mincemeat from scratch, but in this day and age where do you buy really good, really fresh beef suet? Yes! True mince meat has suet in it, in addition to all of the dried fruits and goodies. Cross and Blackwell is the best brand I've come across, though there may be some esoteric can't-find-in-Dallas brands I've never heard of... Time for me to pick up a giant jar!

                            2. re: Caroline1

                              Didn't there used to be a mince meat ice cream or am I thinking of Nesselrode??? During the holidays I love Emerald's Pecan Pie glazed pecans and caramel sauce with pumpkin ice cream.

                              1. re: Caroline1

                                Sounds wonderful. My mother always used a fork to prick TM on the pumpkin pie and the mince meat pie for "Tis mince/taint mince." That way you could tell them apart. Heh heh.

                              2. hot buttered popcorn

                                1. butterscotch sauce w/salted almonds
                                  hot dark chocolate sauce w/whipped cream
                                  chopped cashews
                                  sliced strawberries
                                  banana chips
                                  candied crystalized ginger
                                  him

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                                  1. re: Gio

                                    "him"? On ice cream? Gio, are you getting dirty, or what's going on here? '-)

                                    1. re: Gio

                                      Gio darlin', somebody will connect the dots.....:)

                                      1. re: Veggo

                                        Connecting the dots: with sprinkles atop my whipped cream banana and split.

                                      2. re: Gio

                                        Oh, yes, Dulce de Leche Ice Cream is nice in the bedroom.

                                      3. Lots of things and some of them have been mentioned above.

                                        I will add Bananas Foster to the mix.

                                        DT

                                        1. Years, no make that decades, ago, there was an upscale ice cream parlor in the Town & Country shopping Center in Palo Alto. Edy's, I think was its name. Anyway, they had a memorable sundae-type thing - don't remember what it was called - which was ice cream served with a big scoop of something halfway between a sauce and fudgey candy. You could eat it with a fork. Don't recall if they added any further embellishments to this creation. Whipped cream would have been nice, and some nuts, too.

                                          1. Melted peanut butter. Salty and sweet, cold and hot. Mmmmmm....

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                                            1. re: Cachetes

                                              Vanilla Ice Cream with Peanut Butter and Lays Potato Chips!

                                            2. Gran's strawberry preserves
                                              chocolate (in pretty much any form)
                                              caramel sauce
                                              maple syrup
                                              pecans
                                              apple pie
                                              banana bread
                                              any good single malt scotch
                                              in a double espresso

                                              1. cornflakes

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                                                1. re: srr

                                                  So glad someone else mentioned this! Other good cereal options: Cheerios, Corn Bran. Also, if you toast the Cheerios in a dry skillet first (like you would for nuts), it's infinitely better.

                                                2. Berries that have macerated in Cointreau and Limoncello.

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                                                  1. re: c oliver

                                                    Yum, I'm going to try this. I typically macerate my berries in balsamic but I'm overdue for a change.

                                                    1. re: c oliver

                                                      For me it's raisins & goji berries in Rum & Grand Marnier.

                                                      Favourite thing with ice cream though...traditional Xmas pudding.

                                                      1. re: Paulustrious

                                                        For those like myself, here's what a goji berry is :)

                                                        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfberry

                                                        I forgot to mention that I do put some sugar on the berries. Mellows out the "booze" taste a smidge.

                                                        1. re: c oliver

                                                          And why, pray tell, would one want to "mellow out the booze taste?"

                                                          1. re: pikawicca

                                                            As I was typing that, I just KNEW someone would make that comment :) We're such a predictable lot.

                                                            1. re: c oliver

                                                              Well, as I was reading it I was thinking "Why not use brandy instead and not have to mellow out the rum taste?" Not a big fan of rum, but mostly loving all the others.
                                                              I do love goji berries, though. They're good in soups- throw a handful in to your ramen noodles?
                                                              Here you go- heat up some goji berries in Grand Marnier and let them macerate for a week or two. Eat the berries and use the GM in a drink.

                                                          2. re: c oliver

                                                            So that's what they look like! To me they are little orange shriveled things that I buy in plastic bags at the Asian supermarket. I bought them originally because my wife told me on very good authority that they say you will live till a hundred if you eat them. I found that soaked for 48 hours they go well in many things, both savoury and sweet.

                                                            (The above is a bit tongue-in-cheek. I used to eat them growing wild. You can find them in some hedges in the UK. In particular, my hedge.)

                                                            1. re: c oliver

                                                              Off-topic, but try some goji berries in soup or ramen noodles sometime. You won't want to do without ever after.

                                                        2. spicy candied pecans
                                                          gummy bears
                                                          kiwi
                                                          cap'n crunch (both regular and oops! all berries)
                                                          almond granola

                                                          I must try this maldon and dark chocolate ice cream suggestion- I do love salty chocolate. I think I'm also going to try with a french fleur de sel.

                                                          http://underemployedinnyc.blogspot.com/

                                                          1. Chambord, Kahlua or Amaretto!

                                                            1. My current fav is black walnut ice cream, with lots of rough chopped pecans on top, with a side bowl of thawed frozen cherries. Very earthy.

                                                              The black walnut flavor brings back memories of all those times where I worked hard to get walnut meat from black walnuts; the pecans seduce me with their omega fatty acids and the cherries with their antioxidants.... the combination lulls me into justifying it as a healthy snack.

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                                                              1. re: FoodFuser

                                                                Ewwww, sorry, dude, but black walnuts have always tasted like dirty gym socks to me. I know many people who love them, though. Is this something like the cilantro love/hate?

                                                                1. re: pikawicca

                                                                  I'm not a fan of them either. Maybe it IS like cilantro.

                                                                  1. re: pikawicca

                                                                    I've waited a few days to reply, to let the gym socks dry out and seem a bit less repugnant. Having never tasted gym socks, I am sort of at a loss. Roasting or broiling would seem to present a fire hazard, so we can assume...... braised?

                                                                    However, I hope you can cut a bit of slack to us lovers of black walnuts, and not meaning just the slack resulting from the cheap elastic holding up those gym socks.

                                                                    Walnut contains a group of compounds known as "Juglones", named after the genus name of Juglans. Juglones, quite simply, drive away competitors. Walnuts were one of the earliest species studied in "allelopathy", which is the evolutionary art of plants killing each other with chemicals. They were an obvious candidate for initial study, as a good healthy open-sun walnut will have a patch of bare ground from its trunk to its perimeter dripline. It poisons things that grow beneath.

                                                                    So, when I enjoy the taste of juglones, I am actually savoring a strong chemical that is both liked because of its strength, or unloved, as is the current case with the gym-sock ladies.

                                                                    But I'm also savoring my long connection with the tree. The marvel of its deep brown heartwood; the way that it uniquely yields to the saw; its odor as the blade applies the heat of friction; the history of walnut rustlers as they tried to fill the demand for the beautiful wood after the decimation of the Appalachian forests a century ago; the beauty of the green pendulous inflorescence in the spring that when wind fertilized becomes nut; the beauty and pungence and chore of those nuts as we chucked them in the gravel driveway to loosen their husks with car tires; the cracking of the shell with hammers and bench vice; the simple quality of family time as we picked the elusive nutmeat....

                                                                    So I have reasons to be a lover of black walnuts. It is a subtle, supple, and multi-sensual indulgence. We each have our own "avoids" and our own "savors", for whatever reason.

                                                                    I too am an avoider of gym socks, and I urge you to give the strong Juglones in the genus Juglans just one more try.

                                                                    1. re: FoodFuser

                                                                      Darn it all anyway FF, you can WRITE. This is a beautiful post. The importance of the tree has never been pointed out so evocatively. (Native walnut was my father's favorite wood to use in his expert woodworking.) I will have to give these nuts another go.

                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                        That is just a wonderful post.

                                                                      2. re: FoodFuser

                                                                        You made me miss black walnuts. Sniffle. A neighbor on the street where I grew up had a ginormous black walnut tree and every year us kids would help gather all the nuts that fell off the tree and wait while they sat in the basement until they were ready to eat. Yum. Sigh.

                                                                        1. re: FoodFuser

                                                                          I had a boss once that complained "I asked what time is it? Not how do you make a watch." when a reply was wordy. Your reply is wonderfully expressive! I too am a fan of black walnuts and the associated memories. i truly love your lesson.
                                                                          p.s.... The boss quit after helping destroy our company.

                                                                          1. re: N2theabyss

                                                                            Fellow lovers of black walnuts will be happy to hear
                                                                            that one of gifts that I received this year
                                                                            was a two pound bag of black walnut nutmeats
                                                                            that will last a good time in some good ice cream eats.

                                                                            And while a little off topic on this ice cream thread,
                                                                            they are great when folded into good banana bread.

                                                                    2. depends upon the flavor of ice cream...

                                                                      mint choc chip or oreo - unadulterated please

                                                                      vanilla or sweet cream or marshmallow -- lots of rainbow sprinkles (actually prefer with soft serve) -- just a little ice cream with my sprinkles please

                                                                      other options:
                                                                      matzah crack
                                                                      cinnamon toast crunch
                                                                      frosted flakes
                                                                      apple jacks
                                                                      crumbled white chocolate blondies
                                                                      apricot jam
                                                                      maple syrup

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                                                                      1. re: Emme

                                                                        There's a recipe on epi for cinnamon toast ice cream - which includes actual toast. One of these days!

                                                                      2. A really heavy and thick Imperial Stout poured into a pint glass, with
                                                                        a scoop of good vanilla ice cream added.

                                                                        Don't knock it until you have tried it.

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                                                                        1. re: Tripeler

                                                                          Hmmmm... a Stout "float", eh? What a great idea!

                                                                          1. re: Tripeler

                                                                            consider boiling the stout with some molasses, allowing to cool a tad, then serve over vanilla or cinnamon ice cream with crystallized ginger pieces to top.

                                                                            1. re: Tripeler

                                                                              Tripeler, next time you are in Mendocino, try the Rasputin Imperial Stout ice cream at North Coast Brewery, if you haven't already. They did all the work for you, and it is great. The rest of the menu, not so much, sadly:

                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6246...

                                                                              1. re: susancinsf

                                                                                Thanks for the advice. I didn't know that NCB made ice cream. This is at their pub across the street, right?

                                                                                1. re: susancinsf

                                                                                  I very much like Green Tea Ice Cream with wafer-thin butter cookies. BTW, the recipe for hot chocolate sauce in Rombauer-Becker's edition of the early 60s is "to die for". Finally, I too wax nostalgic over black walnuts. My grandparents had a massive tree in their back yard, and I spent hours cracking the shells (not easy to do!) and extracting the "meat". My grandmother used them in Christmas cakes and desserts.

                                                                                   
                                                                              2. I like to use salty pretzel rods to scoop up the ice cream!

                                                                                1. I like heated up (microwaved) chocolate fudge cake with a really good vanilla ice cream.
                                                                                  Also crushed maltesers (with rolling pin in plastic bag) on vanilla ice cream.

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                                                                                  1. re: Shivaun

                                                                                    malteasers are the BEST! (secretly i wish they made two other versions - one with white chocolate and one with no shell at all...)

                                                                                  2. Potato chips, plain or flavored.
                                                                                    On pie, under pie, around the pie.
                                                                                    On cake, under cake, around the cake.
                                                                                    Salted almonds.
                                                                                    Once, there was a cranberry hazelnut chutney that made its way over into a bowl of chocolate ice cream, but I don't recommend it.

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                                                                                    1. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                      Before pie, after pie.
                                                                                      Before cake, after cake.

                                                                                      I like the way you think.

                                                                                      DT

                                                                                      1. re: Davwud

                                                                                        And I leave *him* out of it. Because who wants to share their ice cream?

                                                                                      2. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                        I bet that cranberry hazelnut chutney would be delectable on a dish of vanilla bean ice cream...with or without him. J/S

                                                                                      3. Everyone's maknig this too complicated. Occam's razor time.

                                                                                        "Ice cream and ___________ = a winning combination"

                                                                                        Ice cream and spoon = a winning combination

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                                                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                          That is my favorite, too! Jam that spoon down in a good vanilla.....yuuummmmmm.

                                                                                          Homemade would be best.

                                                                                        2. I like crunchy granola and melted peanut butter on vanilla.
                                                                                          Sometimes when I want the sweet/salty combo I let my bowl of chocolate ice cream get melty and then eat it with Fritos scoops.
                                                                                          Chocolate is also good for making a Cheerwine float. (For those of you in regions other than the southeast, Cheerwine is a cherry flavored soda.)

                                                                                          1. Vanilla ice cream in matcha
                                                                                            Fruit flavours drizzled with honey
                                                                                            Warm choc chip cookie (choc chips have to be goooey)
                                                                                            Shortbread
                                                                                            Gelato in brioche or a croissant is a classic treat

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                                                                                            1. re: limster

                                                                                              Oooh, now THAT I seriously want to try--vanilla ice cream in matcha. Like a divine tea latte! Actually, your whole list of baked goods is killing me also. Mmmmmmmmm!

                                                                                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                Matcha powder is another option.

                                                                                                I like most of the baked stuff largely for textural contrasts, like the snap and powder from shortbread.

                                                                                                1. re: limster

                                                                                                  That reminds me, ice cream with sorbet, for the contrasting rich creaminess and soft iciness in the same mouthful. Great for complementary flavour combos too.

                                                                                                  1. re: limster

                                                                                                    Yessssss! Like a grown-up creamsicle with different flavor options. Imagine a lemon or lime sorbet with vanilla....mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

                                                                                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                      some other combos here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/655559

                                                                                            2. Root beer!

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                                                                                              1. re: pasuga

                                                                                                Ah, the root beer float. A favorite.

                                                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                                                  The best root beer float is matching chocolate ice cream with root beer.

                                                                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                                                                    Root beer float, Warren Buffets favorite dessert.

                                                                                                  2. re: pasuga

                                                                                                    Or a Coke if you'd like a black cow. "Drink your big black cow and get outta heah!"
                                                                                                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fY_FI9...
                                                                                                    <<Uptown, baby...uptown, baby...we gets down, baby..."

                                                                                                  3. 1) My Maine sister-in-law served us angelfood cake with vanilla ice cream and warm rhubarb sauce, a lovely mix of textures and temperatures (and colors). 2) Husband likes ice cream with liqueur poured over, in a thousand different combinations. 3) Rochester NY circa 1943, all the kids were eating pretzels with their ice cream.

                                                                                                    1. I must admit that, unlike most 'hounds, I detest "lumps" in my ice cream. Plain vanilla (good, good quality) or coffee or chocolate's just fine.

                                                                                                      There are few things to me as rewarding as the combination of hot apple or cherry pie with a big hunk of really rich, decadent ice cream. Sadly, the restaurants these days can't deliver something so very simple but oh-so-delightful.

                                                                                                      I've been known to make ice-cream sandwiches out of homemade oatmeal/raisin cookies.

                                                                                                      Now that we've done away with the lumps, I'll give a +++ to the Kahluah, Amaretto, Chambord people who posted above. And I'll chime in with Amarula liqueur. If you've not tried this creamy delight from South Africa, by all means have your liquor store get some. Correct spelling: Amarula (not amaretto or the like). It's a whole different animal.

                                                                                                      A chef I knew actually made a mold and placed Mandarine Napoleon liqueur inside of a frozen sphere of chocolate ice cream. When we dug our spoons in, what a surprise! Sadly, that guy's long gone so I won't tease you with the name/location of his restaurant. I've tried the technique, and can do it, but I tell you it's very, very troublesome.

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                                                                                                      1. re: shaogo

                                                                                                        +1 on Amarula (similar to Bailey's) and please don't forget Vandermint while we're adding liquor to the mix.

                                                                                                        One more--ice cream and tempura batter...fire 'n ice, hot 'n cool, crispy 'n creamy, all the contrasts that make life grand! :)

                                                                                                      2. i fear this might send a shiver up several spines but my favorite to go with vanilla ice cream would be BEEF JERKY (there's an oriental one called COW LABEL). try it before you knock it. it's just one step beyond the bacon and ice cream vibe.

                                                                                                        1. Chocolate sauce and salted Spanish peanuts (the little skin-on ones) on vanilla (traditional Tin Roof sundae) or even better coffee ice cream.

                                                                                                          1. Crushed potato chips -- but I haven't had that in YEARS!

                                                                                                            1. Bourbon
                                                                                                              Samoas
                                                                                                              Fried cereal (a la fried ice cream)

                                                                                                              1. Expresso, as in affogato
                                                                                                                McFlurry and mcds fries

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                                                                                                                1. re: julesrules

                                                                                                                  Ha, my very first job was at a Wendy's where we used to dip the fries into our frosties. Your post made me chuckle.

                                                                                                                  1. re: julesrules

                                                                                                                    I used to combine McDonald's apple pie with their vanilla soft-serve.

                                                                                                                    Even got them one time to serve it me in one of those styrofoam Big Mac containers -- hot apple pie topped with soft serve.

                                                                                                                    Alas, McDonald's turned a new (green) leaf and no such franken creations for me ...

                                                                                                                    1. re: julesrules

                                                                                                                      Yes yes, fries. Hot salty french fries and melty chocolate icecream.

                                                                                                                      1. re: thatswhatshemade

                                                                                                                        Aaaah, I can't tell you how often I'd go to Wendy's as a kid and order a small frosty and french fries... the cool & hot, sweet & salty combos are heavenly.

                                                                                                                      2. re: julesrules

                                                                                                                        Good memories--when I was in high school, pre McFlurry days, we'd make hot batches of salty french fries to dip in the soft serve ice cream, or shakes.

                                                                                                                        1. re: chowser

                                                                                                                          Wow, my friends and I did that in high school. Early '80s.

                                                                                                                      3. I can't believe there are 75 replies and nobody has said this.
                                                                                                                        Ice cream and Jell-O!

                                                                                                                        It's not something I eat all the time, but try it -- the textures work surprisingly well together. (If you like ice cream and gummy bears, you'll like this too.)

                                                                                                                        1. azuki bean sauce, especially on green tea ice cream
                                                                                                                          peanut butter
                                                                                                                          almond butter
                                                                                                                          toasted sesame seeds

                                                                                                                          1. not mentioned yet - vanilla over cantaloupe

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                                                                                                                            1. re: chocabot

                                                                                                                              I make and adore, a cantaloupe milkshake that helps me survive the summers. It doesn't hurt with a sidecar of rum either.

                                                                                                                              1. re: chocabot

                                                                                                                                that was my grandfather's favorite summertime breakfast. i remember making it for him a zillion times. good memories.

                                                                                                                                i am going to have to try the sea salt on chocolate combo someone else mentioned. it sounds divine!

                                                                                                                              2. When I had free rein at my sister's coffee shop, I invented a new sundae: start with a plain donut (fried fresh every morning), plop one scoop of your favorite ice cream into the hole, then smother with a sauce of your choice. For me, this was caramel.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: pdxgastro

                                                                                                                                  I do the same thing with churros and make a "faux banana split ice cream" subbing out the banana with two churros.

                                                                                                                                2. Vanilla Ice Cream + Warm Fruit Pie. Apple, Peach, or Blueberry. YUM!

                                                                                                                                  Vanilla Ice Cream + Peaches + Raspberry Sauce = Peach Melba. Fantastic!

                                                                                                                                  Not forgetting Bananas Foster, but that's a whole 'nother discussion. :)

                                                                                                                                  1. My two fav toppings, and I don't limit myself to just these:

                                                                                                                                    On vanilla,
                                                                                                                                    Chopped macadamias
                                                                                                                                    Toasted coconut
                                                                                                                                    Crushed pineapple

                                                                                                                                    On coffee,
                                                                                                                                    Chopped peanuts
                                                                                                                                    Chocolate chunks
                                                                                                                                    Caramel sauce

                                                                                                                                    Caroline1's mincemeat ice cream mention brought back fond memories.
                                                                                                                                    My dad did the vanilla over cantalope thing mentioned by chocabot.

                                                                                                                                    1. AVOCADO!

                                                                                                                                      1. Vanilla bean w/ goat cheese crumbles, sweet pecans, and warmed fig jam - Mash together and enjoy!

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: six dower

                                                                                                                                          Vanilla and goat cheese -- sounds like a combination I have been looking for, but have never imagined. Brilliant!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: six dower

                                                                                                                                            This sounds like something a Beverly Hills restaurant would put on their menu circa 1987.

                                                                                                                                          2. Pickled jalapenos and chopped almonds.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: link_930

                                                                                                                                              Now I could see that on caramel ice cream...

                                                                                                                                            2. My number one favorite - Sticky toffee pudding - these days I can find it at Whole Foods (made by English Pudding Co.) and pop it in the microwave for a couple min, comes out piping hot with caramel sauce everywhere. Just perfect with a BIG scoop of vanilla ice cream!

                                                                                                                                              I also love to cover vanilla or chocolate ice cream with matcha powder, but I gotta be careful with this one since it can get expensive quickly.

                                                                                                                                              Fresh whipped cream with any flavor of ice cream.

                                                                                                                                              Homemade strawberry sauce with strawberry ice cream.

                                                                                                                                              Lemon curd with vanilla ice cream. Just another reason to love Trader Joe's - their lemon curd is fabulous!

                                                                                                                                              Condensed milk.

                                                                                                                                              Fries are good too, but it's gotta be with either soft-serve or shakes.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: uwsister

                                                                                                                                                i bought that Whole Foods sticky toffee pudding once... i was really disappointed. i can't tell you exactly what i didn't like, but i want to say it was a little too heavily spiced in one direction, more so than i do with mine, and not quite enough brown sugar flavor coming through, or at least kind of inoculated by the spicing.

                                                                                                                                              2. Vanilla ice cream and 7-Up for a soda float. My favorite combo.

                                                                                                                                                1. As I write this, vanilla ice cream and rhubarb. Yum..........

                                                                                                                                                  1. I recently made a very intense chocolate gelato and served it over warm almond cake. I'm all about contrasts and this was a fantastic one.

                                                                                                                                                    It's also a winning combination since gelato calls for egg yolks and almond cake for egg whites--it pleases the Yankee in me.

                                                                                                                                                    http://kattyskitchen.wordpress.com/

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                      YUM! Sign me up for some of that!

                                                                                                                                                      I recently found an interesting dessert combo on my Epicurious iPhone app - Walnut cake with sauteed pears, black pepper ice cream and pecorino romano cheese. Yes, it sounds wacky, but girrrrrl, it also sounds damned good. :-)

                                                                                                                                                      http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lynnlato

                                                                                                                                                        Veddy intedesting indeed--and a little weird, too, in a good way! ;) Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                    2. A scoop of vanilla ice cream in a pint of stout is terrific. Even better if you use a heavy, high-alcohol stout.

                                                                                                                                                      1. I like warm raspberries with vanilla ice cream. I just warm them in the microwave with some sugar.. or I like fried apples in butter cream cinnamon sauce.. and with some crumble topping.. its like a 5 minutes apple pie! :)

                                                                                                                                                        1. vanilla ice cream on hot-out-of-the-oven pear cobbler made with pears "put up" by your mom!

                                                                                                                                                          1. Coconut ice cream on top of warm pecan waffles and drizzled with hot sauce does it for me.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Pegmeister

                                                                                                                                                              Somehow, the combination of waffles and ice cream is so much more than the sum of its parts.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Pia

                                                                                                                                                                There's a Korean gelato bing soo place near me that does hot waffles w/ fun toppings from gelato and nutella to honeydew yogurt and fruit to red beans and gelato to gelato w/ a shot of espresso, etc.. It's like the perfect fusion.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: chowser

                                                                                                                                                                  Love this idea--especially the warm pecan waffles. Makes me want to try this particular combo RIGHT NOW. Guess I should get going on my gelato, then...

                                                                                                                                                            2. Entenmans crumb cake nuked in the microwave so that the crumb toppeing gets "brulled" burnt a littlecrispy topped with Turkey hill all natural vanilla and some freshly toasted walnuts.

                                                                                                                                                              1. I like to soften vanilla ice cream and then slightly thin out frozen pineapple juice concentrate and swirl it into the softened vanilla ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                                1. warm plain waffles
                                                                                                                                                                  warm fruit pie
                                                                                                                                                                  warm chocolate chip cookies
                                                                                                                                                                  hot fudge sauce and peanut butter
                                                                                                                                                                  Virgil's root beer spiked with Stoli Vanil (don't knock it 'til you've tried it)

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: guilty

                                                                                                                                                                    Oooh, how now brown cow! I don't know Virgil's, but I wanna try this, too. So many great uses for Stoli Vanil! There's nothing to knock here if you ask me.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                      Bananas flambeed

                                                                                                                                                                  2. Terribly sorry, but...plain Lay's Potato Chips and a bowl of Cherry Garcia. About, oh, say, once a month.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. I love a scoop of good vanilla ice cream in a latte
                                                                                                                                                                      Chocolate ice cream with tiny marshmallows
                                                                                                                                                                      Chocolate ice cream with tiny dark chocolate chips
                                                                                                                                                                      In a beautiful tall wine glass, 2 scoops of vanilla, mixed berries; raspberries, strawberris, blackberries. Then a warmed jigger of Grand Marnier over all...oh and a long tea spoon!
                                                                                                                                                                      Chocolate or Vanilla with warm caramel sauce and marshmallow cream
                                                                                                                                                                      omg I just gained 10 pounds.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. I also forgot to mention espresso soda with vanilla bean ice cream; a very grown up brown cow. And same ice cream topped with blanched sliced almonds sauteed in butter, honey added at the end until it's hot. And chocolate ice cream with hot caramel and salted pecans and UNsweetened whipped cream. And Cherry Garcia with hershey's syrup and a shot of kirsch. And my own buttermilk lemon ice cream with home-candied lemon and coconut cream.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Birch syrup. Tastes nothing like Maple syrup, and is too strong on its own. But swirled into vanilla ice cream it's divine! Hard to come by, though,

                                                                                                                                                                          1. I like a soda-float with vanilla and 7-Up. I liked it much more as a kid before they changed from using sugar to HFCS.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Balsamico tradizionale and black pepper cannot be beat (except maybe for bacon). No. Can't be beat.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Amarula!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Love vanilla ice cream with malt. Or bourbon. YUM.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. some nice fragrant cracked black pepper over vanilla ice cream is very good.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Above someone mentioned canteloupe. That brought back memories.
                                                                                                                                                                                    My grandfather's favorite Saturday morning breakfast was half a canteloupe de-seeded with a giant scoop of rocky road ice cream in the cavity. Might have to relive that again soon!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. "Enstroms "toffee crumbs.......and of course, some chocolate

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Just tried it with new truffle salt I bought, unreal. With shavings of truffle in the salt, over quality chocolate ice cream is legit.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. vodka

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mimolette

                                                                                                                                                                                            Creme de Menthe

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Triscuit crackers. Or chopped cristallized ginger.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Mackies traditional Scottish double cream ice cream with either crushed Crunchie bars or malteasers through it. Fabulous!

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. potato chips. I'm not even a fan of chips, but when eaten with ice cream--it is a divine marriage!

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Chocolate ice cream and pretzel goldfish crackers!! Not pretzels, it has to be the goldfish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Milo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.milo.com.au/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Kholvaitar

                                                                                                                                                                                                      As powder or made into a drink?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: limster

                                                                                                                                                                                                        A bit of this healthy Ovaltine like powder sprinkled on top.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Or a Milo milkshake, both good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. hot Blackberry Cobbler!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Strawberry jam.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. hot pear cobbler

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Ice cream and tortilla chips. The thinner the chips the better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. chocolate ice cream w/warm apple pie
                                                                                                                                                                                                              coffee ice cream w/hot fudge

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. sesame seeds, peanut butter, pretzels, and kinako, but most non-alcoholic stuff I read below (or above, that is) sounds good too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Is maple butter too much?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: BuildingMyBento

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I thought of another: Stacy's Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips. Maybe with a vanilla or nut-related ice cream?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. brownies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pound cake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  banana bread

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  hmmm I see a theme.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Fresh berries of some kind and a warmed glass of Chamborde poured on top. (did anyone really think I couldn't combine ice cream and booze?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I actually just had vanilla ice cream topped with a cup of espresso which was honestly very good. (thinking of trying this with a shot of Kahlua next)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You must be younger than I thought . In the 70s Vanilla ice cream or coffee ice cream with Kahlua or Tia Maria was a very popular dessert at my in laws .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: saltylady

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am all of 43 y.o. so the 70's were a little too early for my alcohol consumption.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Another favorite that I may have already written about, and if so, apologies in advance: blanched slivered almonds toasted in butter, w/ a good few T. of the best honey you can find warmed over the almonds, served atop vanilla ice cream. Depending on the length of simmer, it'll either be a nice oozy sauce, or a when you pour it over it'll form a shell that'll crack and then you can mix it in.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MMM mamachef, that sounds wonderful!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Churros !!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There's an idea. But I'd want a fresh one, not a room temperature/cool one (such as ones randomly on sale in Japanese convenience stores). So, I'll have to hire someone for the occasion-oh there's an idea. If I go to an over-the-top reception, they should have a churro maker...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: BuildingMyBento

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yeah, hot & fresh out of the oil and sprinkled with cinnamon & sugar. Mmmmm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            OMG, this is not helpful to look at in the morning:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            https://www.google.ca/search?q=churro...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Banana but only with vanilla.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Cherry Republic Tart Cherry Concentrate. Also wonderful in tequila.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I love to top a big bowl of old fashioned oatmeal with a good scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream...oh yeah!!