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22 of Our Best Ice Cream Sundae Ideas for Summer

Cool off with our best ice cream sundae ideas. We have sweet recipes for banana splits, hot fudge sauce, fruit sundaes and more.

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Chocolate Brownie Waffle Sundaes

One of my best friends loves chocolate as much as I do, so I like to make this over-the-top brownie waffles treat when we’re together playing board games or cards. —Vicki DuBois, Milltown, Indiana

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Rich Hot Fudge Sundaes

I’ve made this scrumptious topping since the early 1980s. It always turns out smooth and yummy. The dark chocolate flavor, with a hint of rum extract, is not overly sweet but will still satisfy a chocoholic’s cravings. —Carol Hanihan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
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All-American Banana Split

In 1904, the first banana split recipe was made here in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, by David Strickler, an apprentice pharmacist at a local drug store. We still use his original formula when we make banana splits in our restaurants. —Melissa Blystone, Latrobe, Pennsylvania
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Warm Pineapple Sundaes with Rum Sauce

Pineapple, rum and sugar have a longstanding and flavorful relationship that takes on new meaning when you add ginger and butter and turn up the heat. —Jamie Miller, Maple Grove, Minnesota
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Orange Caramel Ice Cream Sundaes

We added a touch of orange extract to a creamy caramel sauce to make a rich homemade ice cream topping. Or try it as a dip for fruit or cookies. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Jam Sundae

A scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with strawberry jam, chocolate chips and chopped nuts. —Donna Paprocki, Des Plaines, Illinois
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Bananas Foster Sundaes

I have wonderful memories of eating bananas Foster in New Orleans, and as a dietitian, wanted to find a healthier version. I combined the best of two recipes and added my own tweaks to create this southern treat. —Lisa Varner, Charleston, South Carolina
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Grilled Peach Sundaes

These peaches with a hint of grill flavor are sweet and juicy. We serve them in a waffle bowl with ice cream. That’s jackpot at our house. —Nancy Dentler, Greensboro, North Carolina
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Easy Blueberry Sauce Sundaes

Looking for a blueberry sauce recipe for cheesecake? Look no further! This luscious blueberry topping is perfectly sweetened to put on anything from a scoop of vanilla ice cream to a slice of angel food or pound cake. —Doris Dezur, Eugene, Oregon
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Brownie Affogato Sundaes

We can’t resist brownie sundaes. I combined an affogato (coffee-based beverage) idea with a brownie to get this decadent sundae that mixes it all in there: warm, cold, sweet and salty. —Julie Merriman, Seattle, Washington
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Fruit and Balsamic Sundae

Cinnamon-infused, pear, chocolate, even plain—whatever the flavor, balsamic vinegar on ice cream is amazing! —Allison Ochoa, Hays, Kansas
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Grilled Banana Brownie Sundaes

My niece Amanda Jean and I have a lot of fun in the kitchen creating different dishes. One of us will start with a recipe idea and it just grows from there—and so does the mess. In this case, the happy result was our Grilled Banana Brownie Sundae. —Carol Farnsworth, Greenwood, Indiana
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Caramelized Pineapple Sundaes

Whenever we get a craving for a tropical escape, this super simple recipe whisks us away in no time. Vanilla's nice but drizzling the sauce over salted caramel ice cream and taking a bite is just pure paradise. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Affogato

Affogato, which is espresso and ice cream mixed together, is awesome. You can also try it with Cuban coffee.—Cathy Killinger Lopez, Charlotte, North Carolina
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Mexican Ice Cream Sundaes

This dessert makes an impressive presentation. The flour tortillas take on a subtle flavor sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar, and they make a pleasing combination with cornflakes. Everybody loves ice cream for dessert. —Milbert Fichter Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pumpkin Pecan Sundaes

My family enjoys anything with pumpkin so I knew this recipe would be well-received. Butter pecan ice cream is a perfect partner for the spiced pumpkin sauce.—Fancheon Resler, Bluffton, Indiana
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Easy Rhubarb Sauce Sundaes

Celebrate spring with the sweet-tart taste of rhubarb in this simple sauce. I enjoy it on toast, English muffins and pancakes, but it’s equally decadent drizzled on pound cake or ice cream. —Jackie Hutshing, Sonoma, California
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Ritz Crackers Sundae

Ritz crackers and Hershey’s chocolate sauce! It’s so good! —Brooklyn Reynolds, Anderson, Indiana
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Berry-Cherry Peach Sauce Sundaes

Fresh peaches and berries shine in this pretty, refreshing sauce. It’s terrific on ice cream, but also adds a sweet and tangy touch to pancakes, waffles or French toast at brunch. —Sandra Gould, Verndale, Minnesota
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Butter Pecan Syrup Sundaes

My family loves butter pecan anything, and this recipe is perfect over vanilla ice cream, cake or waffles. It’s a special treat my family enjoys. —Angela Lively, Conroe, Texas
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Maple Syrup and Bacon Sundae

Vanilla ice cream with maple syrup and crispy thick-cut bacon. —Carol Feldmann, Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
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Caramelized Pears Sundae

After picking an abundant crop of pears, I was looking for new ways to enjoy them. A friend suggested warming them with butter and brown sugar. This tasty recipe was the result! We like them with vanilla bean ice cream, but plain vanilla or cinnamon are also quite delicious! —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Katie Bandurski
As Senior Shopping Editor, Katie connects Taste of Home readers with the best gifts, deals and home products on the market. An avid foodie and a holiday enthusiast, Katie is an expert at cultivating meaningful moments. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and watching Christmas movies.