Menu Ideas

13 Ways to Make Your Ice Cream Better

June 18, 2014

Here’s a little secret: It’s pretty difficult to find an ice cream that can’t be improved (at least a little) by an awesome topping. Of course there’s no scientific data here, but we're counting on gooey butterscotch, crumbled peanut butter cups, and caramelized white chocolate sauce to back us up. 

While we love complex ice cream flavors (Earl Grey Ice Cream with Blackberry Swirl, anyone?), a solid topping still takes things to the next level. So here are 13 of them for your next ice cream social -- or maybe just for later tonight.

Honey Balsamic Sauce by Alice Medrich

Honey Balsamic Sauce on Food52

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Sage-Candied Walnuts by cristinasciarra

Candied Walnuts on Food52


Miso Caramel by theminx

Miso Caramel on Food52


Nancy Silverton's Whipped Cream by Genius Recipes

Whipped Cream on Food52


Balsamic Butterscotch Sauce by mrslarkin

Balsamic Butterscotch Sauce on Food52


Thai Peanut Butter Cups by vrunka

Peanut Butter Cups on Food52


Maple Quinoa Granola by spacekase

Quinoa Granola on Food52


Valrhona's Caramelized White Chocolate by Genius Recipes

Caramelized Chocolate on Food52


Magic Shell by Marian Bull

Magic Shell on Food52


Milk Chocolate Whipped Cream (and Dark Chocolate, and White Chocolate) by Alice Medrich

Chocolate Whipped Cream on Food52


Homemade Dulce de Leche by Catherine Lamb

Dulche de Leche on Food52


Butterscotch Sauce by Phyllis Grant

Butterscotch Sauce on Food52


Twix Bars by Jestei

Twix on Food52

Photo of Butterscotch Sauce by Phyllis Grant; all other photos by James Ransom.

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

  • Sarah Jampel
    Sarah Jampel
  • Mr_Vittles
  • Kenzi Wilbur
    Kenzi Wilbur
I put chocolate chips in 95% of the things I make and am a strong proponent for lunch dessert.


Sarah J. July 22, 2014
I just want ice cream so badly right now.
Mr_Vittles June 19, 2014
I prefer mix-ins to toppings, but sometimes why not both?
Kenzi W. June 19, 2014
Always why not both.