“We should hang out sometime!” We all say. And this time, you’re going to make sure it really happens.
Give people an excuse to get together instead, with these modern ideas for a good old-fashioned ice cream social. They’ll change the way you host the event forever … we promise.
Make it easier on your guests and avoid accidental flavour mixing by pre-scooping portions in advance. Just clean out Mason jars or other glass containers (e.g., pickle jars) with Dawn, then plop scoops of ice cream inside and set them on ice.
Tip: More of a cone person? We got you – dress up sugar cones and help guests distinguish between butter pecan and black walnut with our free printable wrappers and labels.
The best thing about hot fudge is, you guessed it, that it’s hot and sweet! Keep hot fudge, caramel, peanut butter sauce and other toppings warm and ready to rock by storing them in a slow cooker filled with hot water set to warm.*
Now let your eyes roll back in your head as you enjoy the sensational experience of hot, thick syrups colliding with creamy-cool ice cream.
*Note: Don’t leave them in there for more than 2 hours.
Great news – you don’t have to purchase new bowls for the toppings. Just use what you already have, like 3-part serving bowls, chip and dip trays, muffin tins, etc.
The same goes for toppings. Have guests BYOT (get it?) and round out the mix with unexpected-yet-flavourful items from your cupboard. The following are bound to be real conversation starters!
- Smashed potato chips, pretzels or caramel corn
- Olive oil (try it on chocolate or vanilla ice cream with lemon zest and/or sea salt)
- Pumpkin pie spice and graham cracker crumbs
DIY ice cream sandwiches are another tasty option that will instantly transport guests back to their childhoods. While they might sound intimidating, you can actually whip some up pretty fast with these two helpful tips:
- First, turn a frozen pint of ice cream on its side and cut it into thirds with a warm, serrated knife. Sandwich the resulting ice cream circles between two cookies or brownies.
- Next, throw sprinkles, mini chocolate chips and/or chopped nuts on parchment paper. Roll the sides of the ice cream sandwiches in them for a finishing touch.
Still not convinced? See and believe by watching the full how-to here.
Tip: Ice cream sandwiches aren’t always the most graceful treat. Put out a few Tide To Go instant stain removers for guests to use on runaway drips.
Another nostalgic option are ice cream floats. You can stick with the classics or help guests discover their own perfect-for-them combinations with our 10 creative thought starters. Lemon sorbet with pink lemonade or cola, chocolate ice cream and hot fudge, anyone?