Tips for Making the Perfect Ice Cream Sundae

Imagine this. Three scoops of rich creamy vanilla ice cream, piled high in a tall crystal glass. On the top, hot oozing fudge dripping off the sides and creating a pool of rich chocolatey goodness in the bottom. Hand whipped cream dolloped on the fudge, and finished with a juicy maraschino cherry.

It sounds like euphoria topped with a cherry, doesn’t it? What could be better than a sundae?

Complete and utter perfection.

Perfection starts with the perfect ice cream. My ice cream of choice? Breyers Natural French Vanilla. Made with rich cream, sugar, and vanilla. Better yet, make your own ice cream. Whip up a divine batch of creme anglais – a single vanilla bean scraped of its inner pulp and seeped in a hot custard-like mixture of egg yolks, heavy cream, and sugar. Cool it in the fridge and let the flavors infuse overnight. On the next day, stick it in an ice cream maker and indulge in its sweet vanilla goodness.

Place three large scoops of your vanilla ice cream in a tall glass sundae cup. Take the handle of a large wooden spoon and create a hole that goes all the way through the center of the ice cream and all the way to the bottom. Over top, drizzle warm chocolate fudge, watching it drip over the edges and than pouring a generous helping of warm caramel sauce with it. See it mingle with the chocolate, melting together in a luxurious warm pattern.

Now, get your hands on some heavy cream, or if you can find it, double cream. Grab a spoonful of sugar and some natural vanilla essence, and whisk it into the cream, beating it until forming stiff peaks. Roast yourself up some crunchy peanuts, and sprinkle them over the lush chocolate and caramel, and spoon a large dollop of whipped cream on top.

To finish this decadent piece of heaven, to the top of the cream add a beautiful shiny maraschino cherry as well as a crisp golden wafer. Serve with a long silver sundae spoon, and dig into the center of the sundae. Watch as all the flavors combine in a fury of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and nuts. From the middle of the sundae comes a surprise, a warm oozing flow of rich chocolatey fudge.

Now that, my friends, is what an ice cream sundae is supposed to be.