4 Quick and Easy Ice Cream Toppings

Quick and easy ice cream toppings

Perk up a bowl of vanilla ice cream with these quick, tempting toppings, from retro banana spilt to boozy Baileys affogato

First up, make your own vanilla ice cream with our expert, step-by-step recipe here. Or buy some shop bought vanilla ice cream (check out our taste test here for the best).

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Ice cream toppings

Retro caramel banana split

  • Put 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream in a bowl with 1 halved small banana.
  • Drizzle over a spoonful of salted caramel sauce, add some squirty cream and finish with a couple  of red maraschino cocktail cherries.

Check out our banana recipes for more inspiration.

retro caramel banana split

Boozy Baileys affogato

  • Pour a measure each of strong coffee (espresso is ideal) and Baileys over 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream.
  • Add a few chocolate covered coffee beans to finish.
boozy baileys affogato

Ice cream with spiced nuts and fudge

  • Put 100g mixed nuts in a bowl. Add 1 tbsp melted butter, 1 tbsp brown sugar, ¼ tsp ground cinnamon, ¼ tsp cumin seeds, ¼ tsp mild chilli powder and a pinch of sea salt and ground black pepper.
  • Mix well, then spread on a non-stick baking tray and bake at 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Tip onto baking paper to cool completely, then chop.
  • Cut 4 chunks of butter fudge into small pieces. Top scoops of vanilla ice cream with a few chopped nuts and mini fudge pieces (makes enough topping for 3-4 bowls).
ice cream with spiced nuts and fudge

Hot chocolate and berry ice cream sundae

  • Put 75g chopped dark chocolate in a pan with 5 tbsp whole milk and 1 tbsp golden syrup.
  • Heat gently until the chocolate melts, then whisk until shiny and uniform.
  • Pour over vanilla ice cream and top with mixed berries (makes enough sauce for 2-3 bowls).
hot chocolate and berry ice cream sundae

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