There’s a month for everything and I love it. But I have to say, National Ice Cream Month has to be my absolute favorite! It gives me a reason to create fun things for my friends and family, like ice cream bars. I’m a sucker for the stores that have the yogurt and ice cream mix-ins, but when I have people over I’m not going to load up the car and head to the store.
Instead I like to create simple ice cream treats right at home. Read on to find out what 5 basic supplies I always have on hand for creating a fun ice cream bar everyone will love!
1. Get your bowls
Most people use regular paper bowls, which is completely fine, but I like to get creative! During baseball season I find upside down plastic baseball helmets, during football season I find football bowls, and any other time mason jars or your favorite coffee mugs are a perfect fit.
My favorite bowl to have, however, is the waffle bowl. Easily found at most grocery stores, it holds the desired sundae, is a treat to eat, and creates no waste.
2. Choose your ice cream
When you have an ice cream bar the toppings are most of the fun. Whether it’s candies or crushed cookies, guests will enjoy these more than the actual flavor of the ice cream. So I keep it really simple with just chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla ice cream flavors. The ultimate fun flavor will come from everything people add to their treats.
To keep the ice cream cold on a hot summer day can be a challenge. When the bar is up and running, I put it in a tin container and add a ton of ice. When things seem slow, I toss it in a cooler so that it stays a little colder for the next round of sundaes. You can use any flavor you want, of course, because having a variety is important.
3. The all-important toppings
While there are some crazy toppings I’ve seen on ice cream — like nacho chips?! — I stick to the sweet classics. Crushed cookies, tiny marshmallows, candies, chocolate and caramel syrups, and whipped cream. I love to crush up a waffle bowl or two and add them to the toppings bar as well. I’ve seen bars with gummy bears and any other candy you can think of, too. This is your chance to add your personality to your ice cream bar and watch as guests indulge in the sweet additions they love!
Caramel, sprinkles, hot fudge — the sky’s the limit on toppings! Be sure to save on yours with Hersheys, M&Ms, Oreo, and Smucker’s coupons. (P.S. Don’t miss the coupon for 55 cents off any Smucker’s ice cream topping!)
4. Theme it up
The ultimate fun of an ice cream bar is the ability to make it your own. Since it’s incredibly easy to set up, the ultra-creative can really spend some time getting a theme right. Make everything from the bowls to the toppings to the tablecloth pink and white for a sparkly princess theme or green it up for a Hulk-inspired table. Think outside the box with toppings that enhance any idea you want to create. Display toys and figurines in between each station if the ice cream and toppings can’t be customized!
An ice cream brings a smile to almost anyone’s face. Kids and adults alike can almost always find a combination that’s unique and devoured in a heartbeat. With a little creativity, you can have the best ice cream bar on the block!