Throwing a Classic Ice Cream Party

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Ice Cream SundaeJuly is National Ice Cream Month, which makes it the perfect time to throw a classic-style ice cream party. From sundaes, to cones, to malts and shakes, most everyone loves the frozen treat that beats the heat.

The traditional sundae includes ice cream, one or more syrup toppings, nuts, whipped cream and a cherry. There are several variations – from hot fudge and caramel to berries and pineapple. Typical nut toppings are walnuts and peanuts. Of course, variety lets guests create their favorite concoctions.

Milkshakes and malts use simple ingredients, and the base is always ice cream and milk. Vanilla and chocolate are the most popular, but sundae toppings can be used to create unique flavors.

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Malt:

  • 1-1/2 oz chocolate syrup
  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 5-1/2 oz cold milk
  • 1 tablespoon (heap it!) malt powder or malt syrup

Blend well and top with whipped cream and a cherry.

Milkshake signOf course, serving ice cream treats and throwing a classic ice cream party are two different things. To really wow your guests, turn the house or backyard into an ice cream parlor.

Retro tin signs and menu covers bring a true sense of nostalgia, as does serving sundaes and shakes in parlor-style glasses and dishes.

If you’re inclined to hand out party favors, there are plenty of options. Sundae and fountain glasses are a unique gift, as are magnets and simple, classic toys. Or, make up recipe cards for specialty ice cream dishes, printed on sturdy cardstock.

What’s your favorite sundae topping? How about your favorite milkshake? Share your recipes and memories below.