With Fourth of July celebrations just days away and July being National Ice Cream Month an Ice cream sundae bar seems logical. — according to Reagan, it’s your civic duty.
President Ronald Reagan is the person to thank for designating the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day and July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984. Hip Hip Hooray!!! He wanted to commemorate a treat enjoyed by over 90 percent of the nation’s population and produced by 10% of the nation’s milk supply. Americans consume more ice cream than any other nation in the world. When Reagan’s proclamation was officially signed into law, he also called on the U.S. people to pay tribute to ice-cream with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” See, eating ice cream is a presidential order. Gotta do it. Get out your scoopers, because it’s time to enjoy some ice cream.
Here’s your chance to be a kid in a candy shop, literally. The list of toppings is up to you and your taste buds. Sorry Friends there is no recipe here. Yes, you could make your own caramel sauce or fudge sauce but who want’s to slave over a hot stove when it’s a sunny beach day without a cloud in the sky?
Here are a few tips:
Depending, of course, on the size crowd you are serving…
- Start with 4-5 ice cream flavor choices.
- Keep them cold in a tray of ice or better yet pre-scoop cups of ice cream and put them back in the freezer to get hard. Bring them out when everyone is ready to make their sundaes.
Make chocolate bowls by dipping balloons into melted chocolate. Sit the balloon on a cooking sheet covered with parchment. Let the chocolate harden then pop the balloons and discard discard them leaving a delicious vessel for your sundae.
List of possible add-ins…
- chocolate syrup
- caramel syrup
- sprinkles (a must in any respectable ice cream celebration)
- Andes mint bits
- mini chocolate chips
- mini Reese’s
- mini Kit Kats
- small waffle cookies
- tiny marshmallows
- crushed nuts
- yogurt covered pretzels
- bite sized rice crispy treats
- two brothers brownies cut into bites
- cherries-Maraschino and fresh
- cut up peaches
- mini york peppermint patties
- crushed double stuff Oreos
- hazelnut sticks
- waffle bowls or cones
- pie filling
- crushed pineapple
The list can be as endless as your imagination. The only two items that I often see at ice cream sundae bars that I disagree with are tiny bits of gum like chiclets and gummy bears. Don’t get me wrong I’m a fan of both, especially gummy bears (a bit of an addict actually). But these two items mixed with ice cream quickly freeze and will break your teeth. I sound like the mother I am… Those will break your teeth!!!
How about putting out a whole fruit pie topped with ice cream. That’s where I would start for sure.
About the Author
Photographer Sally Roeckell specializes in contemporary lifestyle portraiture with an emphasis on food photography. Her Blog, Table and Dish is a website devoted to celebrating and curating the many ways that food binds us. Sally hopes that her recipes and images will inspire you to gather your friends and family in the kitchen to make memories, use the time to connect with busy kids, chat over mixing bowls, get messy, laugh, sing, set the table, clear the table, pass the salt, debate the days topics and pray. You can follow her here as a weekly contributor to 365Barrington and Heinen’s as well as via Table and Dish on Instagram and on her website at TableAndDish.com.
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