Summer is synonymous with ice cream. The cool, creamy treat is a favorite of young and old alike. A versatile delight, it comes in dozens of flavors and can be served in myriad ways. Don’t hesitate to get creative, planners. Every day is sundae!
The Gold Standard
The Golden Opulence Sundae (pictured) at Serendipity 3 in New York City features three scoops of vanilla ice cream, 23-karat gold leaves, chunks of Chuaco chocolate, candied fruits from Paris’ Fauchon, chocolate truffles and Grande Passion caviar sweetened with passion fruit, orange and Armagnac. The $1,000 creation is topped with a gilded sugar flower and sprinkled with edible 24-karat gold dust.
For an only-in-San Francisco experience, try the Earthquake at Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop. The massive sundae boasts eight scoops of ice cream and eight toppings of your choice, as well as bananas, whipped cream, nuts, chocolate chips and cherries. You’ll feel the earth move under your feet.
In Wisconsin, the dairy capital of America, folks crave custard. Family-owned Culver’s Custard began with one store in 1984; there are now more than 500 franchises in 22 states. When enjoying the famous water parks in the Wisconsin Dells, cool off with the soft, velvety delight. Rotating special flavors include Kit Kat Swirl and Orange Creamsicle.
Sand and Sun
Patrons at Happy Landings Ice Cream at Walt Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park in Orlando who really dig ice cream can order the Sand Pail. The plastic bucket is layered with chocolate and vanilla soft-serve ice cream, waffle cone and cookie pieces, sprinkles, hot fudge, caramel sauce, whipped cream and a cherry. Instead of using a spoon, customers scoop out the contents with a shovel.
A Pyramid Outside of Egypt
The gigantic, pyramid-shaped concoction at Cabot’s Ice Cream and Restaurant in Newton, Massachusetts, sits in a huge silver bowl. It features 60 pints of ice cream (choose from 70 flavors), 12 quarts of toppings (choose from 35 varieties) and is garnished with whipped cream, marshmallow, nuts and cherries. The Great Pyramid serves up to 175.