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Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream Sundae

September 18, 2013  |  Food + Drinks  |  No Comments

Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream Sundae |

With fall, officially, just a few days away and the scent of pumpkin spice lattes floating through the air, well everywhere.  I thought I would come up with a fall version of the ice cream sundae we served at our make your own sundae get-together a few days ago.  A Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream Sundae.  Just like with the Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundae Bar I started with the ice cream.  In this case it was vanilla ice cream I had on hand that I added Kahlua too.  I simple drizzled the Kahlua over the ice cream, stirring to mix it in (just enough to give it a mild coffee taste) and then placed it back in the freezer for a few hours to refreeze.  Keep in mind that adding the Kahlua makes this an adult only treat.  You could use plain vanilla or a caramel ripple if you want to keep it kid friendly.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream Sundae |

Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream Sundae |

Then came the syrup.  There are pumpkin spice latte syrup recipes all over.  Meant of course to make pumpkin spice lattes at home, but instead I used the syrup to pour over the coffee flavoured ice cream.  The recipe I used was this one PSL Syrup from A Beautiful Mess.  It is sooo yummy!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream Sundae |

After the syrup came the toppings.  A dollop of whipped cream, a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar (ground cinnamon with equal parts granulated sugar) and some pecans.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream Sundae |

And what would an ice cream sundae be without a bonus side treat.  I made these Iced Pumpkin Cookies to tucked in the bowl next to the ice cream.  Only half way through eating that delicious bowl of fall you see below, I realized I hadn’t taken a picture of the iced pumpkin cookie tucked in the bowl.  Trust me.  It looked great and tasted even better.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream Sundae |

I can now say that, for me, fall has officially arrived.

Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundae Bar

September 16, 2013  |  Food + Drinks  |  No Comments

make your own ice cream sundae bar toppings |

Make your own ice cream sundae bars are wonderful.  They are fun for everyone, add some entertainment for guests and free up time that would otherwise be spent serving, for me to spend mingling.  We decided to celebrate what will most likely be the last hot day of summer with this simple but fun ice cream bar.  Making an ice cream sundae bar can be as simple or as decadent as you choose but it doesn’t need to be difficult.  I like to start with these same basic steps and work from there.  But first I like to pick a flavor theme to keep me on track.  The theme I picked for our ice cream sundae bar is an old time favorite – hot fudge & caramel.

make your own ice cream sundae bar |

{Step One} Pick your ice cream.  Don’t underestimate the value of good ice cream.  It should be delicious even without toppings (not that anyone will forgo the toppings) and it should work with the flavour theme that you have chosen.  I decided to go with two flavours, chocolate & vanilla, for our get-together.  I served the ice cream in mason jars with toppers to identify the flavours, and kept them on ice.  You can check out this post Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundaes | Mason Jar Toppers to see how I did it.

{Step Two} Next choose your sauces. 1 or 2 will do it, just make sure they compliment/balance the other flavours.  I chose hot fudge and caramel, of course.

make your own ice cream sundae bar |

{Step Three} Pick some toppings.  3-5 toppings is a good number, you don’t want to completely bury the ice cream (trust me, they will try) .  I always include fruit and something with a little crunch.  This time I went with fresh berries, mini Rolos and peanuts = more chocolate and caramel + some healthy toppings that go well with those flavours.

{Step Four} Add a side.  Think of this as a bonus.  My feeling is one is enough for consumption purposes but you could do more if you wanted to offer choice.  Bite size pieces of cake, cookies, wafer sticks, candy canes would all work great depending on the time of year.  For our get-together it’s fudge brownies all the way, but if I wanted to add options I could have included blonde brownies as well.

make your own ice cream sundae bar banner |

make your own ice cream sundae bar |

{Step Five} Set the stage.  Sundaes are fun, so make it an occasion.  Be creative with your serving dishes, use items you have on hand or that may have had been intended for some other use. This can be anything from champagne glasses at new years to mason jars at the cottage.  Add a banner, some food signs, straw flags and food flags for a simple but fun set-up.

Here is a list of some of the things I used:

Ice Cream Sundae Printable Party Collection from the shop
250 mL/half pint wide mouth mason jars for the ice cream
250 mL/half pint standard mouth mason jars for the drinks
Glass bottles from Starbucks Frappuccino Coffee Drink
Galvanized bucket to keep the ice cream on ice
Galvanized potting sets. These came with three small pots and a tray.  I have two sets.  I used one complete set for the toppings and just the tray for the sauces.

Have you ever hosted or been a guest at a get-together with a make your own ice cream sundae bar?  If so, what were your favorite toppings?

Here’s to the last few days of summer!