In an effort to post more entertaining ideas, I give you the Ice Cream Board. Think cheese board but instead of crackers and charcuterie, we have chocolate chips and cookies and everything else needed for a fabulous summer soiree.
I’m going to confess this right off the bat: I technically used gelato. What can I say? I love Talenti and it was on sale so I went rogue. I chose Madagascar vanilla, sea salt caramel, double dark chocolate, and raspberry sorbetto for my board. I highly recommend going with vanilla, chocolate, a sorbet, and a wildcard. In my case, the wild card was caramel. (That’s for you, Mom!) Use whatever strikes your fancy, but get pretty basic flavors because half the fun is customizing your bowl with all the goodies!
The key elements for an ice cream board are this: sauces, nuts, cookies, chocolate, and fruit. I highly recommend making my homemade Dark Chocolate Fudge Sauce. It’s one of my most viewed recipes of all time and for good reason! It takes about ten minutes to make and lasts forever in the fridge. I always keep a jar on hand. Caramel and butterscotch sauce would be great on the board as well.
Feel free to have fun sprinkles on your board, especially if making this for kids or for a holiday or themed party. (Note to self and my 40,000 fabulous readers: how great would this be to use up Halloween candy?! Add some Halloween sprinkles and you’ve got yourself a party.) Bananas would also be great for instant banana split action and of course, cherries are classic. I’m a chocolate fan myself so I skewed heavily on the chocolate end of the spectrum and wanted to showcase summer berries.
My point is, the possibilities are endless and I see many ice cream boards in my entertaining future! This is particularly great in the summertime when you want a show stopping dessert without turning on your oven. (Southern readers, you know what I’m talking about!) What would be a must on your dream ice cream board?
Ice Cream Board
4 flavors assorted ice cream (recommended: vanilla, chocolate, berry sorbet, and a wild card flavor such as caramel)
Hot fudge sauce (and/or caramel sauce)
Chocolate chips (white, butterscotch, peanut butter, get crazy!)
Chocolate sandwich cookies
Candy, such as peanut butter cups
Nuts (recommended: almonds and pecans)
Mint leaves for garnish
- Arrange all ingredients artfully on a board. Don’t forget to warm up the hot fudge sauce! Let guests build their own sundae.
Want another sundae idea? Check out The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway Hot Fudge Sundae.