pecan nutsFrom pecans to almonds, walnuts to hazelnuts and more, nuts are simply delicious for making good ice cream. Whether as an ingredient or a topping, I love using nuts in my homemade ice cream recipes. Click on the photo for my tasty pecan ice cream recipe. You won't be disappointed!


Ice Cream Toppings, Sauces

ice cream topping ideachopped nuts as a toppingThis is where ice cream gets really interesting! There are LOTS of different toppings you can use on your homemade ice cream.

So whether you are eating a simple, classic ice cream cone or an ice cream sandwich or a sundae such as a wonderful Knickerbocker Glory you will not run out of ideas and options.

  • Sauces and syrups - there's SO many to choose from!
    You can buy really unusual sauces these days such as raspberry liquor hot fudge or go for the more traditional like chocolate, toffee, maple syrup, caramel, strawberry, melba, hot fudge, butterscotch and blueberry. You can also make your own sauces if you have the time, like Toffee Sauce.

    Toffee sauce recipe
    Ingredients: 2oz (50g) brown sugar, 2oz (50g) butter, 2 tablespoons golden syrup, 1/4 pint (125ml) milk or single cream
    Method: Heat the sugar, butter and syrup together gently in a saucepan and stir until fully melted/dissolved. Boil for 3-5 minutes then allow to cool a little before stirring in the milk or cream. Whilst the sauce is still hot pour it over your chosen ice cream for a delicious treat!

  • Nuts (whole, chopped or flaked) - hazelnuts, walnuts, pecan nuts, almonds, etc

  • Fruit - chopped or dried such as banana or pineapple; also fresh fruit such as sliced kiwi, whole strawberries, cherries, blueberries, wedges of apple, etc.

  • Chocolate - strands, flakes (especially popular in the UK!), also chocolate buttons and chocolate chips

  • Fudge - small, square pieces

  • Shredded coconut

  • Marshmallows - packs of mini marshmallows are available from most supermarkets

  • 'Hundreds and thousands' - multi-colored sprinkles

  • Whipped cream (there are some low-fat 'squirter' creams as well)

  • Chocolate dipped fruit - just melt some chocolate (white, milk or dark it's up to you) and half dip your chosen fruit into it. Place to one side to set (on a sheet of foil). This works well with strawberries and grapes and looks and tastes great on top of ice cream.