Not your typical vanilla ice cream sundae (photo courtesy Ogawa Coffee.  How about a beef sundae with cheddar (photo courtesy Dairy Max).  Tart frozen yogurt like Pinkberry is an opportunity to try savory toppings, like marinated cherry tomatoes and basil (photo courtesy Pinkberry).
For National Sundae Day, November 11th, commemorates the history of the ice cream sundae, which dates to around 1892 in Ithaca, New York.
While we love conventional ice cream sundaes (particularly hot fudge over pistachio ice cream), there are novel approaches as well.
Why not think beyond the conventional and create a delicious ice cream sundae with at least one “different” ingredient.
Berries and other sundae fruits
Crushed cookies and cake cubes
Popular candies, sprinkles, dragées
Any fruits or nuts—fresh, dried, raw, roasted, etc.
Any conventional ice cream sauce (butterscotch, chocolate, strawberry, etc.)
Marshmallow cream or whipped cream
WHAT IS NOT DIFFERENT
Cereals and granola
Crushed honey sesame bites
Exotic fruits: carambola/star fruit, dragon fruit, lychee, rambutan, etc.
Honey (especially flavored honey), preserves, pie filling
Jell-O or other gelatin cubes, including cubed Jell-O shots
Scoops of other frozen desserts (granita, sorbet, yogurt)
Seeds: pumpkin, sesame, chia
Flavored whipped cream: recipes for bourbon, five spice, lavender, pumpkin pie spice, etc.); mascarpone
Garnishes: colored sanding sugars, peanut butter cream
WHAT IS DIFFERENT
Photo #1 shows a sundae, from Ogawa Coffee in Boston, an offshoot of a Japanese chain.
It’s made in a pint glass with two unconventional ingredients: coffee gelatin (a Boston specialty, originating as a way to use yesterday’s leftover coffee) and Corn Flakes. As a coffee house, the coffee gelatin makes perfect sense. It’s made with coffee and unflavored gelatin; here’s a recipe.
RECIPE: OGAWA MOCHA CORNFLAKE ICE CREAM SUNDAE (PHOTO #1)
Vanilla ice cream (substitute coffee, chocolate, or a small scoop of each)
Cubes of house-made coffee gelatin
Cubes of chocolate terrine (substitute brownie or chocolate cake cubes
Garnish: dried cranberries (substitute dried cherries, chocolate-covered espresso beans or pomegranate arils
1. PLACE some chocolate sauce on the very bottom. Then add one scoop ice cream, topped with chocolate terrine. Add more chocolate sauce, the second scoop of ice cream and the gelatin cubes.
2. ADD the third scoop of ice cream and the Corn Flakes. Top with more gelatin, whipped cream and garnish.
HOW ABOUT A SAVORY SUNDAE?
You can make savory sundaes as well. Some are made with savory ice cream; others are sundae in name, but aren’t cold.
We have recipes for a:
Beef Stew Sundae (Photo #2)
Spaghetti & Meatball Sundae
Savory Yogurt Sundae (Photo #3)
Sour cream ice cream with salmon caviar garnish (we’re still working to perfect the amount of herbs in the sour cream ice cream, but here’s an Ideas In Food recipe for sourdough ice cream they top with caviar)
But we’re not suggesting that you whip up a caviar sundae. Yet.