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36 Ice Cream Toppings – The Ultimate Sundae Bar

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The Ultimate Ice Cream Sundae Party In 10 Minutes

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34 Topping Ideas for an Epic Ice Cream Sundae Bar

3 Easy Steps To Make An Ultimate Sundae Bar

The best ice cream sundae bar has three parts: Ice cream, a crunchy topping and creamy topping.
Make the best ice cream party with one of each the following: Ice cream, creamy sauces, and toppings. Go ultimate with at least 2 or 3 toppings from each section.


3 Easy Steps To Help You Succeed!

Step 1: Your Ice Cream Flavors

Choose from homemade ice cream recipes or buy your favorite ice cream flavors like vanilla, chocolate or strawberry.

Step 2: Your Sundae Bar Toppings

Easy Sundae Bar: Choose 1 topping from the Crunchy Toppings list.

Ultimate Ice Cream Sundae Bar: Choose 3 or more toppings from each of the other topping categories: Fruit toppings, Crunchy Toppings, Toppings that Kids Love

Step 3: Your Smooth Sauces

Easy Ice Cream Sundae Bar: Choose 1 topping from Hot Fudge & Chocolate Toppings or Caramel Sauce Toppings. 

How to Make The Ultimate Ice Cream Sundae Bar:
Choose 2 to 3 toppings from Hot Fudge & Chocolate Toppings or Caramel Sauce Toppings.

Hot Fudge Sauce and chocolate oreo sundae – Photo by Emile Mbunzama on Unsplash

Hot Fudge & Chocolate Sauce Toppings

Traditional toppings like chocolate sauce or hot fudge are a must for any ice cream sundae bar.

1- Hot Fudge Sauce – Thick Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Double up on this hot fudge sauce recipe from Angela at @blueboxrecipe to make 3 variations of hot fudge sauce.

2- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Sauce

Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce makes a quick variation from Angela at @blueboxrecipe. Double up on this fudge sauce recipe for two or three sundae topping variations.

3- Chocolate Caramel Sauce

Mix store brands together for a quick chocolate caramel sauce using equal parts of each or make salted chocolate caramel sauce from Marsha @marshasbakeblog

4- Thick Semi-Sweet Chocolate Sauce

Spreadable semi-sweet double chocolate sauce made with cocoa hot fudge & semi-sweet chocolate chips a fudge sauce recipe variation from Angela @blueboxrecipe

Chocolate Fudge Nutella Spread –  Photo by Thais Do Rio on Unsplash

5- Nutella Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce

Nutella is a thick spreadable hazelnut chocolate. Nutella is pourable by adding warm coconut oil, simple syrup or chocolate syrup.

6- Chocolate Syrup

Chocolate syrup recipe is a thin chocolate sauce. Kare @kitchentreaty has an easy recipe for a homemade chocolate syrup

7- Semisweet Chocolate Chip Ganache

Ganache is a simple smooth and creamy chocolate sauce. Here is an easy chocolate ganache recipe from Sally @sallysbakinaddiction

Hot Fudge Sauce and chocolate oreo sundae – Photo by Emile Mbunzama on Unsplash

Classic Caramel Sauces

Get 7 variations of classic caramel sauce to help you make an epic ice cream sundae bar.

8- Caramel Sauce Ice Cream Topping

Make this classic caramel sauce recipe from Angela @blueboxrecipe. Save time and make a few more caramel sauce variations with this recipe.

9- Plain Vanilla Sauce With Caramel

Creamy caramel sauce with vanilla recipe from Sarah at Curious Cuisiniere is to die for.

10- Caramel Buttermilk Syrup

Buttery brown sugar syrup recipe is a quick and easy alternative to caramel sauce. I use this syrup for everything from ice cream to baked desserts.

Caramel peanut butter sauce – Photo by Angele J from Pexels

11- Caramel Peanut Butter

For an easy caramel peanut butter sauce: mix a tablespoon of your favorite creamy peanut butter with one cup of caramel sauce.

12- Caramel Maple Syrup

YES PLEASE! I love this Salted caramel maple sauce from Sue at @theviewfromgreatisland. FYI… this would definitely be on my bowl of ice cream.

13- Coconut Caramel Syrup (DAIRY FREE)

For my dairy-free friends, no one should be left out. Thank you Taylor at foodfaithfitness.com for this dairy free caramel sauce recipe.

14- Butter Scotch

Butterscotch is a rich, deeper flavored golden brown sugar in a creamy sauce. You will love this butter scotch sauce recipe from Kelly at @justatast

Easy fruit sundae – Photo by Food Photographer | Jennifer Pallian on Unsplash

Easy Fruit Sauce Toppings

Nothing is more simple than fresh fruit over different flavors of ice cream. Baked fruit desserts and canned pie fillings make great toppings too.

15- Fresh Fruit Compote Syrup

Dice or chop your favorite fresh fruit. Fresh fruit toppings like strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and bananas work best.

Frozen fruit like blueberries will also make a fun frozen topping.

16- Fruit Syrup

Make your favorite fruit into a syrup by adding 1:1 ratio of sugar and mashed frozen or fresh fruit. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes and it’s done.

17- Apple Pie Topping

Fall themed ice cream sundae party use canned apple pie filling. Top vanilla ice cream sundaes with caramel sauce, chopped nuts and cinnamon chips.

18- Baked Apple Streusel Topping

For a homemade treat add an easy apple crumble recipe from Angela @blueboxrecipe. Serve warm or cold in it’s own baking dish.

Over the top chocolate ice cream sundae – Photo by Eiliv Aceron from Pexels

Crunchy Toppings For Your Sundae Bar

Don’t forget to add the crunchies!

19- Crunchy Pretzels

You’ve got my number on this one, ice cream and pretzels are one of my favorite guilty pleasures. I am not the only one, leave me a comment below and let me know what you crave on your ice cream.

20- Caramel Corn

Crunchy caramel corn will get everyone’s attention and taste buds popping. The Dollar Store has “Cracker Jacks” in individual boxes or make your own caramel corn from @foodtasia

21- Toffee

Your heart will never be the same without toffee from my great granny. Leave me a comment below if you would like this recipe.

22- Minty With A Soft Crunch – Butter Mints

Homemade butter mint candy AKA wedding mints. Butter mints are small square mints that melt in your mouth. Try this old-fashioned candied butter mints recipe from Angela at blueboxrecipe.com.

Honey Glazed pecans – Photo by Deryn Macey on Unsplash

23- Honey Glazed Pecans

Crunchy honey glazed pecans @trialandeater are easy to make with just a few ingredients.

24- Candied Nuts

Why not try other candied nuts like peanut, almond and walnuts.

25- Chopped Nuts or Slivered almonds

Chopped nuts or slivered almonds make an easy crunchy topping for ice cream sundaes. Simply placed in a bowl on your topping table and you’re ready to go.

Fruity pebbles ice cream sundae – Photo by RODNAE Productions from Pexels

Sundae Toppings Kids Love

The best part of sundae toppings are watching the kids build fond memories. Sundae bars are a fun way to connect and discover something new about your kids.

26- Favorite Cereal Fruity Pebbles or Froot Loops

Kids love colorful cereals like fruity pebbles and froot loops with ice cream.

27- Cookie Dough Topping

A classic ice cream topping that kids love is cookie dough. Try 10 min eatable cookie dough recipe from allrecipe.

28- Potato Chips

Salty potato chips and sweet ice cream are fun for kids of all ages.

29- Marshmallow Fluff

Mini marshmallows make a great topping for kids. For a Christmas themed sundae party try marshmallow fluff recipe from Gemma @biggerbolderbaking

Rainbow Sprinkles – Photo by Tara Winstead from Pexels

30- Rainbow Sprinkles

This is the first topping my kids ask for and another must have if you’re going to have an ice cream sundae party for kids.

31- Oreos Cookies

Crushed Oreo cookies are a favorite topping on ice cream or add a whole cookie for dipping into your sundae.

32- Whipping Cream

Use store bought whipping cream, cool whip or make your own with heavy whipping cream recipe from Robyn @addapinch

33- Maraschino Cherry

Bright red candied cherries are a must for any kids themed Ice cream sundae bar.

34- Brownie Bites

Last but not least this is one of my favorite brownie recipes from Audrey @mamaknowsglutenfree

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