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Upgrade Your Ice Cream with 28 Outrageous Toppings

A simple bowl of ice cream is always a treat, but embellish it with one of these toppings and you, my friend, will totally bring the swagger. Here are 28 ideas for upgrading your ice cream, including savory, spicy add-ins that will challenge your notions of what flavors play well with ice cream. Is your mouth ready for this much fun?

1) Easy Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Maybe you didn't know how easy it is to make rich, decadent chocolate sauce at home. Now that you do, this could change everything.

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2) Instant Chocolate Hard Shell
3) Marshmallow Hot Fudge Sauce
4 )Goldbrick Sundae Sauce

5) Praline Sundae Topping

"This was SO good! The best caramel-y sauce I've ever had. And SO EASY. When I was stirring in the milk at the end, it didn't look like it would incorporate at first, so I got out the ol' whisk and that did the trick." — What a Dish!

Praline Sauce

Photo by Meredith

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6) Salted Caramel Sauce
7) Toffee Sauce
8) Butterscotch Sauce

9) Sweet Blackberry and Brandy Sauce

"My mom taught me a secret to berry and liqueur/brandy sauces: Add 8 peppercorns before cooking. Strain out the seeds and peppercorns. This adds a great layer of flavor." — SUNSETINAZ

Raspberry Sauce

Photo by Meredith

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10) Raspberry Sauce
11) Blueberry Sauce
12) Supreme Strawberry Topping

13) Caramel Popcorn

It's all about enjoying the contrasts between the creamy and the crunchy, the sweet and the savory.

Caramel Popcorn

Photo by Monika

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14) Sriracha-Lime Popcorn
15) Chocolate Popcorn
16) Peanut Butter Popcorn

17) Candied Pecans

"I've made this recipe at least 10 times and I absolutely love it! A friend told me they're WAY better than any candied nuts she's bought at stores/festivals, etc. For a pound of nuts, I only use 1/3 cup sugar; they're PLENTY sweet with that amount." — nikkiran

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18) Sweet, Salty, Spicy Party Nuts
19) Peppered Pecans
20) Rosemary and Brown Sugar Mixed Nuts

21) Crunchy Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Coconut Granola

"This puts boxed chocolate granola to shame. It was especially tasty warm out of the oven." — Holiday Baker

Crunchy Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Coconut Granola

Photo by Deb

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22) Crunchy Pumpkin Pie Granola
23) Maple Pecan Granola
24) European Muesli

25) Microwave Oven Peanut Brittle

This easy version of peanut brittle bypasses the stove altogether. Be sure to break it up into small pieces to make it more spoon-friendly when you put it on your ice cream.

Microwave Oven Peanut Brittle

Photo by CoOkInGnUt

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26) Homemade Buttercrunch Candy
27) Puppy Chow
28) Sweet Candied Orange and Lemon Peel


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About Vanessa Greaves

Good food, friends, and fun are always on the menu. Find me as foodelicious on Allrecipes and vanny.gee on Instagram (but only if you don't mind cat pics and cocktails).