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18 Easy Ice Cream Toppings We Love

Add a little something extra to your cone with these easy ice cream toppings.

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Chocolate Sauce

Chocolate sauce is a staple for any ice cream sundae. Whether you like classic hot fudge or want to try something new like chocolate orange sauce or caramel chocolate sauce, you can’t go wrong with a drizzle of this velvety-smooth favorite. It makes those homemade ice cream recipes even better.

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Looking to up your chocolate sauce game? Try making homemade magic shell sauce!

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Whipped Cream

Adding a dollop of homemade whipped cream can elevate any cone. Switch things up by whipping together peanut butter, hazelnut or coffee whipped cream variations. Toss a cherry on top to add a final sweet touch!

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Sprinkles

You can’t go wrong with sprinkles. Rainbow sprinkles make for a tasty, yet beautiful, presentation whereas chocolate sprinkles pair well with chocolate ice cream. The best part? Sprinkles are a great accompaniment to practically any ice cream topping.

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Coffee

Pouring steaming-hot espresso over vanilla ice cream, known as an affogato, is a traditional dessert in Italy. Brew up one of these coffee brands for your sweet treat.

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Fresh Fruit

There’s nothing more classic than ice cream paired with fresh raspberries, strawberries or blueberries. Churn up Thomas Jefferson’s favorite vanilla ice cream recipe and toss a few of your favorite berries on top for a traditional treat.

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Potato Chips

Can’t choose between a salty or sweet snack? Get the best of both by adding crushed potato chips to your ice cream bowl. Talk about knocking out two cravings in one!

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Bananas Foster Sauce

Bananas Foster is a Southern staple. Learn how to make your own bananas Foster sauce to enjoy this classic treat right at home.
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Candy

Double the sweetness, double the fun. Nerds, Reese’s and M&Ms all make for a sugary ice cream snack. If you’re a huge candy lover, try making this candy-coated ice cream sandwich!

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Caramel Sauce

Turn any ice cream dish into a salted caramel treat by spooning this salted caramel sauce over your bowl. Add crushed pretzels or Granny Smith apples for extra crunch.

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Cereal

Ice cream topped with a handful of cereal is about to become your new favorite way to eat ice cream. Some of our favorite cereals to use are corn flakes, Lucky Charms and Fruity Pebbles.

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Here are 40 other genius ways to use breakfast cereal.

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Jam

Jam isn’t just for smearing on PB&Js or homemade biscuits! Dolloping jam on top of ice cream is an easy way to get some fruity flavor. This homemade rhubarb-strawberry sauce is just as good, too.

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Butter Pecan Syrup

Now you don’t even need to purchase butter pecan ice cream (or make it yourself!). Just pour this butter pecan syrup over any ice cream to give it that roasted, nutty flavor.

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Peanut Butter

Melted peanut butter tastes delicious on ice cream! It works well on vanilla, but we prefer it served over chocolate ice cream. It tastes just like a peanut butter cup!

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Brownies

Every showstopping sundae starts by piling ice cream on top of an ooey-gooey brownie—followed by chocolate sauce, sprinkles, cherries and other craveable toppings. Try this banana brownie sundae for size.

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Ritz Crackers

Crumble Ritz Crackers to add a bit of bite. What’s another great cracker to crumble on top of ice cream? Graham crackers!

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French Fries

Another salty and sweet favorite, serving french fries with ice cream will make you feel like a kid again. If you haven’t tried pairing this one yet, you’re missing out!

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Did you know there’s a scientific reason we love the Wendy’s Frosty and fries combo so much?

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Balsamic Vinegar

We know, we know: Balsamic vinegar on ice cream doesn’t sound like a good combo. But this pairing creates a tangy, yet sweet, taste that’ll have your tastebuds talking. Don’t knock it until you try it.

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Maple Syrup and Bacon

Bacon lovers, rejoice! This maple bacon ice cream recipe proves that everything is better with bacon. Toss a few pecans on top for extra savory-sweet goodness.

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Nicole Doster
Nicole is a writer, editor and lover of Italian food. In her spare time, you’ll find her thumbing through vintage cookbooks or testing out recipes in her tiny kitchen.
Christina Herbst
Christina is an Assistant Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in content creation and SEO optimization. She enjoys trying out local foodie restaurants and coffeehouses and adding copious amounts of garlic and cheese to any recipe she can get her hands on.
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