A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating the Ultimate Ice Cream Bar

All the best parties need a colorful, sugar-filled ice cream bar
Ice Cream Bar

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Keep the ice cream flavors simple and go crazy with the toppings.

There’s only one way to eat ice cream that’s better than straight out the tub with a spoon: from a decadent ice cream bar, covered with sprinkles, chocolate, berries, whipped cream, and caramel sauce. An ice cream bar is a brilliant dessert set-up to have at any party as it can be as simple or as extravagant as you want, and requires very little effort on your part. As long as you have lots of bowls and spoons, and enough sprinkles to keep everyone smiling, you’re well on your way to creating the ultimate ice cream bar.

Select Your Ice Creams

While it is always difficult to resist buying the amazing, intriguing, treat-filled ice creams, which are packed full of caramel, brownie pieces, and swirls of toffee, for an ice cream bar, simple is best. You’re going to be covering your ice cream in all sorts of extra treats and flavors, so to avoid too many clashing, overwhelming flavors, sticks to the basics: vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, caramel, and even green tea are all perfect options.

Hot Fudge and Beyond

On top of every scoop of ice cream there should be a warm, thick, sweet sauce. Include some staples such as hot fudge and salted caramel, and for your more adventurous ice cream addicts, try a cherry bourbon sauce, or even some freshly brewed coffee for a deep, delicious caffeine kick.

Fruity Berries

Don’t worry, we’re not trying to turn your ice cream bar into a healthy, vegan zone. We just really do love adding berries to our ice cream, and it’s not because they’re healthy. These small little bites of summer are so sweet and juicy, and add a pretty pop of color to your ice cream creations.

Bright and Colorful Candy

Counteract any goodness those berries did by covering your ice cream bar with bowls filled with colorful candy. Multi-colored, small candies are the simplest to serve as all they require you to do is to empty the packet into a bowl: M&M’s, gummy bears, and mini marshmallows all fit into this category. Whatever you do, don’t forget the sprinkles. There’s no way that you can have the ultimate ice cream bar without sprinkles.

Chocolate Chips

Ice cream toppings shouldn’t just be limited to candy: Don’t forget about the chocolate! Cover everyone’s tastes and offer a range of dark, milk, and white chocolate chips. If you’re willing to put in a little extra effort, chop your favorite candy bars, Reese’s cups, or even chocolate brownies into bite-size pieces for your friends to sprinkle on top.

Whipped Cream


The only other ingredient which will improve your multi-colored, sugar-filled ice cream bar, is, of course, whipped cream. It’s not a proper ice cream sundae unless it’s got a tower of whipped cream on top.