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Coffee Chocolate Crunch Fantasia Ice Cream Sundaes

Inspired by the artfully deconstructed ice cream creations of Food Network star Elizabeth Falkner.

Sunset JULY 2012

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Total: 30 Minutes


  • 1/4 cup cold whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon coffee liqueur, such as Kahlúa
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 cup store-bought or homemade chocolate sauce
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum
  • 12 small (about 1/8 cup) scoops premium coffee ice cream
  • 1/3 cup very coarsely chopped well-toasted salted macadamia nuts
  • 4 thin, flaky waffle cookies or 2 small waffle ice cream cones, crushed into cornflake-size pieces
  • 3 tablespoons cacao nibs* (optional)


1. Whisk cream and coffee liqueur together in a medi­um bowl. Sift in powdered sugar and whisk until soft peaks form. Chill.

2. Stir chocolate sauce and espresso together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until warmed through. Stir in rum and reduce heat to low.

3. Put 3 scoops ice cream on each of 4 plates and top with whipped cream. Spoon a thick band of chocolate sauce along the side of the plate. Scatter plates with toasted macadamia nuts, cookies, and cacao nibs, if using.

*Cacao nibs are available on amazon.com

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 594
  • Calories from fat: 46%
  • Protein: 7.4g
  • Fat: 30g
  • Saturated fat: 13g
  • Carbohydrate: 72g
  • Fiber: 1.1g
  • Sodium: 153mg
  • Cholesterol: 111mg