Ice Cream Sundae

1 Serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ice Cream Sundae is the perfect frozen dessert with all the best toppings like caramel sauce, chocolate ganache, whipped cream, peanuts, and cherries.

This is the perfect Dessert Recipe to enjoy during the Summer. It’s easy, there’s no need to turn on the oven, and the Vanilla Ice Cream and wonderful toppings are sure to be a hit with everyone. It’s a great way to cool down and enjoy a classic treat from your childhood.

Ice Cream Sundae in glass cup


Rich, easy sundaes are the ultimate ice cream treat. They come together in almost no time at all with amazing ingredients like Caramel Sauce, Chocolate Ganache, Whipped Cream, and crushed peanuts, all over a creamy ice cream scoop.

You can make the recipe in just a few minutes with store-bought ingredients, or make it entirely from scratch with homemade vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and sauces. Either way, the finished dish is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face! Finishing it off with whipped cream and a cherry gives this dessert the perfect nostalgic look, like it came right out of an old fashioned soda shop.


Ice Cream Sundaes are an iconic American dessert, but there is some debate over their origin. Many places lay claim to the sundae, including Illinois, Louisiana, Ohio, and New York. But no one really knows who made the first one.

One origin story for the popular ice cream treat is that it got its name from Sunday, as in the day of the week. According to this version of events, ice cream sodas were considered too “frilly” to serve on Sundays. So, soda fountains created a new dessert variation, the sundae, to serve the town on weekends. No matter how it came about, I think we can all agree we’re happy to have it now!



For a fun dessert night with family and friends, you can make a DIY ice cream parlor at your own kitchen counter. First, set up some bowls and spoons for people to grab their own. Take out the vanilla ice cream or any other ice cream flavors you want to use as the base. Put out the caramel sauces, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, peanuts, and cherries for everyone to top off their own dish. It will only take a few minutes to arrange, and it doubles as a dessert plus an activity for everyone to enjoy their own delicious ice cream creations.

You could also put out other toppings like Hot Fudge for rich hot fudge sundaes. Or, try peanut butter syrup, sprinkles, marshmallow topping, your favorite candies, sliced fruit, and broken pretzel bits. Then, everyone can pick out their favorites to add to their ice cream scoops.

Ice Cream Sundae in glass cup


  • Flavors: You can use the same toppings and basic recipe with a variety of different ice cream flavors as the base. Try out Strawberry Ice Cream, Chocolate Ice Cream, chocolate chocolate chip ice cream, coffee, mint, banana, cookie dough, or cookies and cream to experiment with different ice cream concoctions.
  • Sauces: There are plenty of other sauces and syrups you can pour over this recipe. Try out fruit syrups like raspberry, blueberry, Strawberry, or cherry syrup. You could also use chocolate syrup, peanut butter, or magic shell.
  • Add-ons: For some extra flavor try add-ons like sliced strawberries or bananas. You could also add candy toppings such as butterscotch chips, fudge pieces, gummy bears, M&Ms, or Reese’s pieces. For crunchy toppings, try sprinkling broken waffle ice cream cones or cookie crumbs on top of the Sundae.
  • Ice Cream Sandwich: To make homemade ice cream sandwich recipes, first pick out what kind of cookie you want to use. Chocolate Chip, Sugar Cookies, or Peanut Butter Cookies would all taste great. Scoop the ice cream over one of the cookies, then add any of the toppings you want before adding the top of the cookie sandwich.



  • Serve: It’s best to serve your Sundae within minutes of adding the toppings. That way the ice cream won’t have time to melt, and it will still have a beautiful presentation. Don’t leave the finished dish out for more than 2 hours.
  • Freeze: If you can’t finish, you can put the recipe in an airtight container to store in the freezer for up to 2 months. For the best results, take the cherries off before freezing and add new ones before you eat the recipe.

Ice Cream Sundae in glass cup

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Ice Cream Sundae

Ice Cream Sundae is the perfect frozen dessert with all the best toppings like caramel sauce, chocolate ganache, whipped cream, peanuts, and cherries.
Yield 1 Serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder



  • Add ice cream to a bowl.
  • Add chocolate ganache drizzled over ice cream.
  • Add caramel sauce drizzled over ice cream.
  • Top with whipped cream.
  • Add cherry over whipped cream.
  • Sprinkle peanuts over entire dish.


Calories: 774kcal | Carbohydrates: 105g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 306mg | Potassium: 609mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 69g | Vitamin A: 979IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 319mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Ice Cream Sundae

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Just wanted to say, when you click on the “About” button, it asks for a login, instead of showing your “About” page.

    Good recipe too 🙂