Here, a dozen incredible ideas for the best-ever ice cream sundaes.

By F&W Editors
July 24, 2014
© Jonny Valiant

Thanks to this week’s episode of Mad Genius Tips, you can have all the homemade ice cream you want—no ice cream maker needed. That calls for a DIY sundae bar! Here, a dozen incredible ideas for the best-ever ice cream sundaes.

1. German Chocolate Cake Sundae

Crumbled chocolate wafers, candied pecans and coconut chips come together with coconut ice cream to create a deconstructed take on classic German chocolate cake.

2. White Fudge Sundae

For a reverse sundae, top chocolate ice cream with white–chocolate fudge sauce and cocoa whipped cream.

3. Halvah-Sesame Sundae

Halvah (a Middle Eastern confection made with ground sesame seeds and honey) is terrific with caramel on sesame or plain vanilla ice cream.

4. Caramelized Pineapple Sundaes with Coconut This tropical sundae is topped with grilled pineapple, fresh coconut and mint sprigs.

5. Butter-Pecan Blondie Sundaes with Creamy Caramel Sauce

The key to a really great sundae is a balance of textures. This one includes pecan-studded blondies and candied pecans.

6. Vanilla Ice Cream Sundaes with Hot Fudge and Caramel Sauces

This classic sundae is topped with homemade hot fudge and caramel sauces.

7. Vietnamese Coffee Sundaes with Crushed Peanut Brittle

The Vietnamese love drinking super-strong iced coffee combined with copious amounts of sweetened condensed milk. This simple sundae is a great way to enjoy the same flavors.

8. Caramel–Passion Fruit Sundaes

To make these layered, free-form sundaes quickly, use store-bought caramel or butterscotch sauce.

9. Bubble Sundaes with Peach-Blueberry Compote

Inspired by bubble tea, this sundae is topped with chewy tapioca pearls cooked in lemonade.

10. Bourbon–Nectarine Ice Cream Sundaes with Pound-Cake Croutons

This is an excellent grown-up version of an ice cream sundae, made with lush nectarines cooked in bourbon.

11. Apple Pie Sundaes with Cheddar Crust Shards

The crispy, salty cheddar crisps that accompany these sundaes are as good with cocktails as they are with ice cream.

12. Roasted Pear Sundaes with Balsamic-Caramel Sauce

Use high-quality balsamic vinegar in this sundae’s sweet–tangy caramel sauce.