20 Seriously Upgraded Ice Cream Sundaes
Cool, creamy ice cream and warm, gooey sauce combine to make an indulgent summer treat -- sundaes! Take a look through our gallery to find your ultimate ice-cream sundae.
Grilled Banana Splits with Hot Fudge and Rum Caramel Sauce
Take the classic banana split to new heights by caramelizing the bananas and topping with two decadent sauces -- hot fudge and rum caramel -- followed by the traditional whipped cream, chopped peanuts, and maraschino cherries.
Is this the ultimate summer dessert?! We think so. Vanilla ice cream streaked with homemade strawberry sauce is layered with moist pound cake, fresh strawberries, and whipped cream.
Caramel-Popcorn Hot-Fudge Sundaes
Making caramel popcorn and hot fudge sauce from scratch takes this sundae to the next level. So does jazzing up store-bought vanilla ice cream with chunks of caramel.
Key Lime-Pie Sundaes
Never choose between pie and sundaes again! We’ve reimagined the classic key lime pie as a sensational sundae starring vanilla ice cream, homemade lime curd, a bruleed meringue topping, and buttery shortbread.
Hot Fudge Over Vanilla Ice Cream
Get back to basics with the oh-so-simple combination of vanilla ice cream and irresistibly chocolaty hot fudge sauce.
Sundaes aren’t only for summer: make the most of apple season by pairing tangy vanilla-buttermilk ice cream with applesauce and dried apples.
Attentional all coconut-chocolate candy bar lovers, we’ve concocted your ideal dessert: vanilla ice cream rolled in shredded coconut and finished with a crunchy chocolate-almond topping and a vanilla-bourbon butterscotch sauce.
Lemon Curd-Pistachio Sundaes
Who says sundaes can’t be sophisticated? This elegant dessert teams rich, eggy vanilla ice cream with homemade lemon curd and candied pistachios.
Sweet strawberries and tart rhubarb are a great foil for rich vanilla ice cream. Serve with your favorite shortbread cookies.
Lighter Brownie Sundaes
You can lighten up brownies a la mode without sacrificing flavor, we promise. Sneak whole-wheat flour and unsweetened applesauce into the brownies, then top with vanilla frozen yogurt, toasted almonds, and shredded coconut.
Vanilla-Raspberry Sundaes with Spoon-Shaped Cookies
Depending on how much time you have, use store-bought vanilla ice cream and raspberry sorbet or make your own. Just don’t skip the ingenious cookie “spoons”!
Strawberry or Banana Sundae Puffs
A simplified version of profiteroles, these sundae puffs call for store-bought puff pastry and are ready in just 30 minutes. Top with a quick homemade fudge sauce, thinly sliced bananas or strawberries, vanilla ice cream, and toasted walnuts.
Caramel Apple Sundaes
Hollowed-out apples make clever serving dishes for these fall-friendly sundaes. Fill them with vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, and toasted walnuts.
Butterscotch Banana Splits
Add a dash of nostalgia to your dessert routine with these classic sundaes. Top a base of bananas and chocolate ice cream with warm homemade butterscotch sauce, whipped cream, chopped peanuts, and maraschino cherries.
Peppermint Hot Fudge Sundaes
We can’t imagine anything more crowd-pleasing over the holidays than this minty little number. All you have to do is spike your hot fudge sauce with peppermint extract, then serve with vanilla ice cream and peppermint candy.
Too hot for s’mores? Keep the flavors but switch gears to a sundae. Top chocolate ice cream with marshmallow cream, hot fudge, and crumbled graham crackers.
Mexican Ice Cream Sundaes with Cinnamon-Chocolate Sauce
Just right for a fiesta: amp up dulce de leche ice cream with a cinnamon hot fudge sauce, toasted coconut, and peanuts.
If you make the chocolate sauce in advance, these sundaes come together in just five minutes. Drizzle the sauce over your favorite mint-chocolate ice cream and chocolate wafer cookies, then finish with fresh mint.
Silver-Dollar Pancake Sundaes with Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce
A breakfast-dessert hybrid, this can't miss combo pairs fluffy pancakes with a pool of chocolate hazelnut sauce and pistachio ice cream for a sweet treat -- any time of day.
Chocolate on the top and bottom? Sign us up! Coconut macaroon squares are dipped in dark chocolate, then crowned with vanilla ice cream in a dark chocolate shell. Cut the richness with sweet-tart raspberries.