Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Oodles of Terrific Toppings!

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month here in the good old US of A? It’s true! Wikipedia even confirms it, so you know it’s the real deal. In fact, according to Wikipedia, Ronald Reagan declared this month-long holiday in 1984, and went a step further to name the 3rd Sunday in July National Ice Cream Day. But I’m not reserving all my ice cream celebrating for one day. I will eat more than my fair share on Sunday indeed, but I’ll do it many others days, too. What can I say, I’m an overachiever!

One of my favorite things about eating ice cream, apart from the ice cream itself, of course, is experimenting with different toppings. I love all the basics, like peanuts and sprinkles, but I like to get a bit more adventurous from time to time. Below are some of the fun toppings I’ve used in the past, and one I have on my ‘must try’ list. I hope to move some of the ‘must tries’ to the ‘tried and loved’ list this month, and I don’t think that will be a tough task to tackle! I’ve included links for each if you want to order them online, but most are easy to find at the grocery store as well.

Chocolate Covered Banana Chips – I love a generous dose of these on vanilla ice cream and chocolate ice cream. Instead of choosing one or the other, I usually do a scoop or two of each and make it rain banana chips on top!

Crushed Potato Chips – This I love most on rich chocolate ice cream; the richer the better! I think they would also taste great on any ice cream with a chocolate base. All you have to do is put a few chips in a sandwich bag, crush them to your heart’s content, and shake the salty goodness on top of your ice cream. Just be sure to enjoy them quickly before they get soggy.

Gummy Peaches – Want to add even more fruit flavor to your black cherry ice cream, or rainbow sherbet? Gummy peaches and gummy melons are my top 2 picks! Just use caution if topping ice cream for the kiddos with these to be sure they know they still have to chew them even though they’re on ice cream. It might seem easy to remember, but one of my besties almost forgot and he’s closer to 50 than 5!

Popcorn and Caramel Sauce – This one I haven’t tried yet, but I came across it recently on Care2.com and it immediately got my taste buds excited. I think caramel drizzled popcorn sounds delicious on its own, too! I’ll have to keep that in mind for the next movie night.

Coffee Beans – Know what shares a big space in my heart right next to candy? Coffee. I like it hot, I love it cold, I adore it blended, and I can get lost in its smell. And when I snuggle up on the sofa with a bowl of coffee ice cream in hand, you can bet that I’ve tossed a few coffee or espresso beans on top for some added crunch, flavor and pep!

What are some of your favorite ice cream toppings? What’s the most unusual topping you’ve ever tried and loved – or think is best kept away from the ice cream bowl?

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