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Fun Things To Do With Ice cream: Sundaes, Floats And More

Ice cream, like fruit, is delicious enough to be enjoyed on its own as a dessert or snack. Yet ice cream, like fruit, can lend itself to many different combinations, recipes and serving suggestions.

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Baked Alaska is probably the most spectacular ice cream based dessert ever. It is a culinary  feat as well as a lesson in Physics. It consists of ice cream covered with meringue mixture that has been browned for a brief time in a very hot oven. The meringue, a mixture of well beaten egg whites and sugar, acts as a poor conductor of heat. It bakes itself but allows the ice cream inside it to remain frozen. This fact, that some substances are poor conductors of heat was demonstrated in this way by physicist Benjamin Ruthford as early as 1804.

neapolitan ice cream baked alaska cut open showing layers

 

Several versions of this dessert were popular in the 19th century. President Thomas Jefferson served it at White House banquets in the form of frozen balls of ice cream covered with a hot pastry crust. It was popular also in Queen Victoria’s court as well as with French royalty.

A close cousin of the Baked Alaska is the Ice cream Bombe. This is a round or dome shaped dessert consisting of a thin layer of sponge cake containing ice cream. The bombe can then be covered with a layer of meringue, whipped cream or chocolate.

The Ice cream Cake, like the bombe, is a variable combination of sponge cake and ice cream. It can be made like a swiss roll, with ice cream spread over a thin layer of sponge cake and then rolled up. Any order of ice cream and cake can do. The cake can go at the bottom as in a trifle or it can be placed on top of the ice cream. It is customary to envelop the whole concoction in whipped cream or buttercream before decorating.

These ice cream and cake creations look spectacular when sliced. The taste is quite spectacular too, especially during summer parties.

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Another spectacular ice cream treat is the Ice cream Sandwich. Wikipedia defines it as a layer of ice cream pressed between two ‘skins’ (I don’t like the word ‘skins’). Ice cream can be sandwiched between two layers of sponge cake or brownie, like a mini ice cream cake. It can also be sandwiched between chewy cookies, crisp cookies, digestives or Graham crackers. The combinations are endless with all the varieties of ice cream and cookies available.

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Enough with the spectacular: let’s move on to something simpler. What can be simpler than the Ice cream Float. It is thought that the first ice cream float was made by American Mc Cay Green. He was serving sodas in his shop when he ran out of ice. Necessity being the proverbial mother of invention, he added a scoop of ice cream to each drink to keep it cold. Voila! The ice cream float was born.

 

 

 

Several American cities/states claim to be the birthplace of the Ice cream Sundae. My favourite is Twin Rivers, Wisonsin,, where the selling of sodas, whether as ice cream floats or plain was prohibited on Sunday. To retain their clientele while remaining within the ?loop of the law, business owners invented a new ice cream treat. They placed scoops of ice cream in tall glasses (probably the ones for the ice cream floats) and topped them with flavoured syrup. This new treat, was appropriately named the “Sunday”. Later, out of respect to religious sentiment the spellings were changed to ‘Sundae’.

3 ice cream sundaes with alternating layers of chocolate ice cream whipped cream and strawberries

Sundaes can be made in many combinations with a variety of fruits and ice cream flavours. The banana split and peach melba are to examples. Toppings such as sprinkles, nuts, salted caramel, crushed caramel and jelly beans can all be added to these frozen treats.

 

What is your favourite ice cream treat?

Do you have an ice cream story or some ice cream trivia to share?

Do let me know in the comments section below.

 

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19 thoughts on “Fun Things To Do With Ice cream: Sundaes, Floats And More

  1. You have hit the spot with your latest edition of your blog! In this sizzling summer, icecream is the one thing you can depend upon to keep you cool, provided that you are not on a diet!!!

    1. Thank you.
      How I wish all the nutrition and diet experts could come up with zero calorie ice cream, sugar free is not enough.

  2. It is hard to go wrong with ice cream! Root beer floats are favored at my house, and it is a good way to make cheap ice cream edible.

    Years ago I was served a dessert that was 3 mini scoops of ice cream (vanilla chocolate and coffee) rolled in a fresh crepe, covered with chocolate sauce and topped with a drizzle of raspberry puree. One of the best desserts I ever had!

      1. I had it in a restaurant years ago and have forgotten the name. When I have made it since I didn’t need to know. 🙂

  3. Wonderful write up as usual. This summer has been a testing one and ice cream especially when it is presented in such a creative way is a winner.

  4. Thanks for the comment.

    Ice cream is welcome airways and ice cream desserts even more so.

  5. In Singapore, there are ice cream vendors who sell ice cream wrapped in sweet multi-coloured bread! And now in Japan I had the luxury of trying ice-cream topped over kakigori (shaved ice). Best summer combination ever!

    1. Those sound really interesting.
      I think I should do a Part 2 of the post and include these .

      Have you tried rolled ice cream and fried ice cream?
      I have read about them.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

      1. Oh it would be very interesting! I haven’t tried fried ice cream though I would love to, but I have tried rolled ice cream. The preparation is fun to watch, but truthfully, I would prefer regular scoops than thinly rolled strips.

        1. Yes, I would prefer scoops too.
          Speaking of watching, I was walking down a street in Seoul where I saw a Turkish ice cream vendor. He would play around with the ice cream pretending to drop it or throw it on the waiting ice cream.

        2. Yes, I would prefer scoops too.
          Speaking of watching, I was walking down a street in Seoul where I saw a Turkish ice cream vendor. He would play around with the ice cream pretending to drop it or throw it on the waiting customers.

    1. If this post makes you want to indulge then it has done its job.
      You can perhaps follow that advice that is often seen in diet articles “Have a little of what you fancy”.

      Btw
      Still waiting for your Twitter address. Is address even the right word?

  6. That sundae looks glorious…as kids my mum used to make cream soda floats which I have replicated for my grandkids and they taste the same…memories . You can get fried.rolled icecream here it is done on a really cold surface and freezes the liquid immediately and then they scrape and roll it..It looks easy but I am sure there is a knack…lol… 🙂

    1. I am so glad you read my work and then took the trouble to comment.
      I have written some more foodie posts too.

      Looking forward to more feedback from you.

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