40+ Amazing Ice Cream Sundaes for Indulging Your Sweet Tooth
Oh-so-decadent ice cream sundaes are the perfect way to enjoy a fancy dessert with very little effort. Plus, the possibilities for building an ice cream sundae are simply endless. Toppings can range from hot fudge and caramel sauces to various chopped nuts and homemade praline bark, with everything in between--and it's super easy to adjust the recipes to your own preferences. For fresh twists on this ice cream parlor classic, browse our collection of simple sundaes. We're sure you'll find a match made in ice cream sundae heaven.
Grilled Banana Split
This is a fun mashup between banana pudding and a sundae. You could even get the kids involved with this dessert endeavor. Grilling the banana adds a little flavor, while charring the vanilla wafers makes for an interesting texture—together, it's delicious. Banana pudding ice cream pulls everything together, so it's definitely worth buying.
Hot Fudge Sundae Shake
Popcorn Ice Cream Sundae
This decadent sundae delivers the best of salty, sweet, creamy, and crunchy all in one bowl.
Banana Split Sundaes
Believe it or not, banana splits are a great way for children to have a well-balanced sweet treat. My secret? Go heavy on the fruit!
Blueberry Pie Sundaes
Hot days call for quick, effortless treats. Go beyond the ice cream scoop with easy yet elegant desserts that take just a few minutes to make. We cook the blueberry mixture down until almost jammy, then fold in fresh berries for a bit of juicy pop in every bite. You can make the sauce ahead, and then microwave in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH for 90 seconds or until warm, stirring every 30 seconds.
Triple Mint Sundaes
Three mints combine to create a top-notch ice cream sundae. Garnish yours with favorite toppings and make it a "just for you" treat.
Mexican Hot Fudge Sundae
Instead of using Mexican chocolate for the fudge, we developed the same flavor using more common ingredients. Here, ground cinnamon lends a subtle hint of spice, while coffee adds richness to the semisweet chocolate. To ensure a smooth sauce, stir the cornstarch-milk mixture until all lumps have dissolved before cooking it.
Coffee Ice Cream Sundaes
Coffee lovers, rejoice: This coffee-spiked ice cream sundae features both coffee ice cream and a homemade coffee-caramel sauce.
This easy 5-ingredient dessert is perfect for a quick weeknight dessert. Use any flavor of ice cream that you have on hand.
Hot Date Ice Cream Sundaes
This is our banana-enriched version of the Hot Date sundae, once served at Poppy restaurant in Seattle. Add a shot of rum to make this even more provocative.
Caramelized Banana Sundae
With kicks of dark rum and ground cinnamon, this sweet treat is a guaranteed to be a favorite. Treat yourself to this drool-worthy Caramelized Banana Sundae.
Mud Pie Meringue Sundaes
Coffee ice cream is nestled in a homemade chocolate meringue bowl, topped with cookie crumbs and toasted pecans, and drizzled with chocolate syrup to make the ultimate dessert experience.
Peppermint Hot Fudge Sundaes
Peppermint and chocolate is a match made in heaven when it comes to refreshing flavor combinations, making this an ideal treat for both the heat of summer and the chill of the holidays. Pair crushed candy canes (or other peppermint candies) with chopped semisweet chocolate for an irresistible sundae that's out of this world.
Cracker Jack Brownie Sundae
Brownies and Cracker Jacks both debuted at the 1893 World's Colombian Exposition in Chicago. Chefs at the city's still-operating Palmer Hotel created the brownie. The "brownie" in this recipe is similar to a flourless cake--decadently dense and fudgy.
Double Strawberry-Chocolate Chip Sundaes
This four-ingredient sundae is as easy as it is decadent. Fresh strawberries, lemon zest, sugar, and chocolate chip ice cream are all you need for this super satisfying dessert.
Broiled Pineapple Sundaes
This sundae also makes a great breakfast parfait--just substitute plain fat-free Greek yogurt for frozen.
Chocolate Turtle Brownie Sundaes
Decadent, warm, and gooey turtle brownies meet creamy vanilla frozen yogurt drenched in a drool-worthy fudge sauce. Licking your screen yet? This dessert is perfect for any occasion and will always leave you begging for seconds.
German Chocolate Cake Sundae
Like many pastry chefs, James Beard Award-winning chef Ghaya Oliveira loves taking classic desserts, breaking them down into their components, and then reconfiguring them. This approach inspired cookbook author Grace Parisi to transform a traditional recipe for German chocolate cake into an elegant and incredibly delicious ice cream sundae.
Ice Cream Sundae Pie
This incredible 6-ingredient icebox pie combines all your favorite parts of an ice cream sundae into an amazing slice (or two, or three) of heaven. Vanilla ice cream, a graham cracker crust, caramel sauce, fudge sauce, heavy cream, and confectioner's sugar are all you need for an easy and satisfying treat.
Enjoy all the indulgence of an ice cream sundae with none of the guilt. This ice cream sundae calls for low-fat ice cream, chocolate syrup, fat-free caramel topping, chopped peanuts, and reduced-fat whipped topping; our recipe cuts down on fat and calories without sacrificing flavor.
Pineapple Waffle Cake Sundae
This simple sundae is a perfect way for pineapple-upside down cake lovers to indulge. Just layer toasted waffles with vanilla ice cream and pineapples sweetened with a luscious butter-and-rum sauce. Top with chopped, toasted pecans and a maraschino cherry or two for the ultimate ice cream nod to the classic upside-down cake.
Frozen Yogurt Sundae with Bananas and Chocolate Sauce
This intense sauce, which uses cocoa for its base, will make you forget the fattier store-bought variety. Opting for frozen yogurt over ice cream cuts even more fat.
Strawberries Romanoff Sundaes
This adults-only twist on strawberries romanoff is a fantastic take on this light and fluffy dessert. Adding triple sec to the strawberry puree gives this sweet treat just a little kick and citrus flavor, while chopped pistachios add some satisfying crunch. Garnish with mint leaves for extra herbal notes and a punch of color.
Coffee Sundaes with Salted Peanut Butter Caramel
The sweet and salty combo in this sundae is truly amazing. Serve it to special guests, or treat the family to a weeknight splurge.
Tropical flavor lovers will flock to this island-inspired sundae recipe. Canned pineapple, rum, coffee ice cream, vanilla-fudge ice cream, and homemade Spicy Candied Pecans make this sundae a wonderful way to get beach vibes in the comfort of your own kitchen.
Chocolate Turtle Brownie Sundaes
Moms will love the convenience that brownie mix and caramel topping give to this semi-homemade dessert. These sundaes are best when the brownies are still slightly warm. We suggest serving in bowls to catch every bite and prevent runny messes.
Coconut Snowball Sundae
Making ice cream is as easy as whisking together five ingredients, pouring them into a pan, and freezing for four hours. Seriously! Once frozen, remove the ice cream from the pan, coarsely chop it, throw the pieces into a blender and process until you have a smooth, creamy texture. Melt the chocolate in the microwave for about a minute (yum!), and drizzle over your ice cream. And that's all, dessert lovers. But if you want a healthier take on a sundae, skip the hot fudge and top off a bowl of coconut ice cream with toasted unsweetened coconut flakes and almonds, fresh stemmed cherries, and mint sprigs.
Strawberry Waffle Sundaes
Enjoy breakfast for dessert with these easy sundaes featuring frozen waffles, frozen strawberries, lemon juice, and vanilla ice cream.
This super easy, 4-ingredient sundae is the perfect ending to a hot summer evening. Simply top vanilla ice cream with sliced bananas, chocolate sauce, and sweetened shredded coconut and enjoy.
Maple-Pecan Sundaes with Cinnamon Crisps
Cherry-Chocolate Sundae with Spiced-Almond Praline
Homemade whipped cream is the secret to this delicious dessert. To build the sundae, top vanilla or butter pecan ice cream with bananas, caramel sauce, and crushed gingersnaps. Dollop the homemade whipped cream on top and serve immediately.
Roasted Berry Sundaes
This decadent sundae is an amazing way to use up that late-summer berry harvest. By roasting the strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries with a mixture of sugar, lemon juice, and scraped vanilla bean, the fruit takes on a slightly caramelized flavor--just be careful not to scorch the berries. Simply top vanilla ice cream with the cooled berry mixture and serve.
If you've already got the grill going for dinner, you might as well grill dessert, too. Sprinkle fresh peaches with sugar and ginger, grill, and then coat them in a mixture of honey and lime juice.
Banana Waffle Sundae with Rum Sauce
This deliciously spiced sundae gets its amazing flavor from frozen banana-bread waffles, bananas, rum raisin ice cream, and dark or spiced rum. Simply top the waffle with sweetened bananas, the rum raisin ice cream, and a homemade rum-and-cream sauce.
Double Chocolate-Raspberry Sundaes
Get your chocolate fix with this chocolate ice cream sundae topped with chocolate shavings and sprinkled with toasted almonds.
Pineapple and Basil Sundaes
Although basil is more commonly used in savory dishes, its sweet, aromatic flavors work beautifully with caramelized pineapple as a topping for frozen yogurt.
Croissant Ice Cream Sundaes
Buttery, flaky croissants make the perfect base for a fancied-up ice cream sundae. Top half of a croissant with your favorite flavor of ice cream, warm chocolate sauce, and homemade whipped cream, then garnish with the other croissant half for a European-inspired cross between an ice cream sundae and an ice cream sandwich.
Bluebarb Pie Ice Cream Sundaes
No need to haul out the ice cream maker or pie plate for this ode to summer pies. Store-bought vanilla ice cream swirled with sweet-tart rhubarb compote, plus shortbread "crust" crumbles, gives new meaning to pie à la mode. Use other berries if you like.
Caprese Ice Cream Sundaes
This super-sophisticated, wow-worthy dessert is a great twist on two separate dishes. It takes some time, but it's worth it, especially for a special occasion. Poaching tomatoes in simple syrup brings out their fruitier side. Paired with buttery and salty ice cream, you've got a smart and different winner. Here, it's crucial to be gentle with the tomatoes: You're turning them from a vegetable into a fruit culinary. If you've got an overgrown basil plant, use those leaves for the basil syrup; thyme sprigs would also work well here, if you're looking for something a little different.
Coffee Ice-Cream Sundae with Dark Chocolate-Sea Salt Almond Bark
Savor the best of both salty and sweet in this surprising combination of sea salt and chocolate bark. When paired with coffee ice cream, this must-try dessert recipe is utterly delightful.
Brown Sugar-Pineapple Sundaes
Brown sugar, grated fresh ginger, and fresh lime juice are the perfect flavors to pair with canned pineapple for this fruity, caramel-y sundae.
Crème Fraîche Ice Cream Sundaes
Though the ice cream is fantastic on its own, chef and cookbook author John McReynolds of Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyard and Winery in Sonoma, California, turns it into a sophisticated dessert with the addition of caramelized walnuts and a drizzle of saba--ripe wine-grape juice cooked down to a fruity syrup. He makes his own saba each autumn, but you can buy saba at gourmet grocery stores (or substitute good-quality balsamic vinegar).
Tropical Heaven Ice Cream Sundaes
Caramel, Orange, and Date Sundaes with Pistachio Brittle
While this made-from-scratch pistachio brittle is the perfect garnish for our sweet and fruity sundae, it also makes for a tasty holiday food gift.
Bananas and chocolate combine perfectly in this tasty and easy sundae.