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Three Easy and Sophisticated Ice Cream Toppings

There is definitely a place for desserts that you’ve spent hours stirring, whipping, folding, baking and icing. But a simple dessert, one that is conjured up from the pantry with unexpected ingredients, oozes effortless cool. It’s all like “Oh this old thing? I just whipped it up. Prepare to have your mind blown.”

As a kid I had a very complex system for making my ice cream after dinner. The ice cream had to be a very specific degree of meltiness before I added a measured amount of hundreds-and-thousands (nonpareils for you North Americans). I then left the ice cream to melt some more before stirring the sprinkles through the now soft-serve-textured ice cream, turning it into a gloopy grey treat.

These three toppings are not as complex, and are definitely more sophisticated, and will turn the bucket of vanilla ice cream in your freezer into guest-worthy desserts, or simply improve a bad day. Make sure you splurge on the quality of your ice cream, it will help make these desserts even better.

Three Easy and Sophisticated Ice Cream Toppings1. Raw Chocolate with Strawberries

Have you tried raw chocolate, the sugar-free, dairy-free alternative to normal chocolate? My friend Casey is the creative force behind RAW Chocolate, a new raw chocolate brand. It’s velvety and rich, and unlike normal chocolate, raw chocolate doesn’t go hard and have a weird mouthfeel when paired with ice cream. Instead it remains smooth and mingles with the ice-cream to form a new flavour. Casey has been giving me bags of “shards”, the offcuts of the moulding process, and these shards have been topping my ice cream very nicely. Her peppermint and coconut flavour conjures up a childhood mint-choc-chip dream and offsets fresh, ripe strawberries beautifully. Check out your local health food store for raw chocolate and shave it on top of some ice cream.

Three Easy and Sophisticated Ice Cream Toppings2. Olive Oil and Sea Salt

The so-wrong-it’s-right pairing that I mentioned in last week’s Summer Entertaining Guide. The vanilla ice cream is still the dominant flavour in this combo, but the olive oil smooths everything out, confusing the tastebuds for a bit, coaxing them into a false sense of security before the sea salt crystals burst onto the scene doing what they do in salted caramel. You probably have these ingredients in your house right now. You should at least try it, no?

Three Easy and Sophisticated Ice Cream Toppings3. Almond Bread and Maple Syrup

My local independent supermarket stocks an excellent range of delicate, italian biscuits. A packet of their almond bread, also known as biscotti, is permanently in my pantry, ready for impromptu afternoon teas or after-dinner coffees. Smashing up a packet of almond bread is not only very satisfying, it makes an excellent ice cream topping with its subtle flavour and strong texture. Adding a generous slurp of maple syrup ups the indulgence factor.


Do you have a favourite ice cream topping?


37 thoughts on “Three Easy and Sophisticated Ice Cream Toppings

  1. shandryss says:

    Seems yummy!

  2. solofoodie says:

    I am going to have to give the olive oil one a try – I’m intrigued!

  3. margaret21 says:

    Brrr! Way too cold to think about ice cream. I’ll pop these ideas, which seem yummy, aside for next year.

  4. ghetran says:

    Yummy! sounds delish! I usually put some balsamico vinegar on top (the aged one), honey with hazelnuts (two in one) or pistachio cream. Yummy!

  5. shazzameena says:

    I still love my espresso poured over vanilla icecream 🙂

  6. Saskia (1=2) says:

    Loving these festive Summery posts of yours Amelia! Those chockie shards look wickedly good. Will hunt for RAW – the packaging and website are beautiful. The wild orange and fig variety is positively screaming my name too.
    And, yes, I do have all the ingredients in the house for your olive oil/sea salt combo – and I’m game to try it. Almond bread and maple syrup sounds amazing too. My fave ice cream topping? That would be smashed caramelized banana with a pinch of brown sugar…

  7. Snappystreet says:

    Wow, olive oil and salt?! Who would have thought! I remember being in Italy and discovering balsamic and ice cream! Heaven!

  8. Hazelnuts are my favourite as topping… but I wouldn’t say no to your raw chocolate and strawberries!

  9. Bec says:

    olive oil and sea salt… my dream!

  10. Sơn says:

    love it 🙂 look so delicious, tks for sharing 🙂

  11. Feast Wisely says:

    I’m a big fan of plain vanilla ice cream made with as few ingredients as possible – so these topping ideas are great, I can’t believe you can pair olive oil and sea salt with vanilla ice cream – I’ll be giving it a go this weekend!

  12. milkandbun says:

    Looks so good and yummy! 🙂

  13. chefceaser says:

    Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

  14. grade b maple syrup is the best 🙂

  15. Chaya says:

    these are all such great ideas- especially the olive oil + sea salt. i look forward to trying that.

  16. For a minute there I thought the olive oil was limoncello. There’s vanilla icecream in the freezer, Maldon sea salt and a gorgeous unopened bottle of fruity olive oil in the pantry. No prizes for guessing what I’m serving for dessert tonight.

  17. smockpockets says:

    Oh the texture of that most excellent ice cream has to be just right, I know! I especially like the cardboard containers that get gooey from the warmth of your hand, and then the chunks. It must have crunchy chunks. RAW chocolate is my fave chocolate ever and I’ll have to get my hands on some of those shards! Summer hungry now! Thanks Amelia!

  18. I just love ice cream, the dessert at the top of my list, funny tho I love chocolate I do not like chocolate ices cream but vanilla with bits of my favourite chocolate mixed in ..oh yes delicious

  19. Yes yes yes!! Looks absolutely adorable…

  20. chef mimi says:

    yum yum and yum. I still microwave my ice cream to start off the meting. Nothing worse than rock hard IC!!! Happy New Year!

  21. lrmcgill says:

    Looks delicious!

  22. I love ice cream, and I have tried all these different topping choices and they were all delicious! Thanks so much for the great ideas!

    1. Amelia says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed them.

  23. undrgrndoc says:

    Wow this looks so yummy!! Never would have thought of the olive oil and sea salt!

  24. Karen Thompson says:

    Hi Amelia,

    I’m really missing your posts. I hope all is well in your world and look forword to reading and tasting your fantastic food.

    Kind regards,


    1. Amelia says:

      Hi Karen! Thanks so much for the note, it’s so sweet of you. Life got in the way of blogging a bit, but I hope to be back in the kitchen very soon!

  25. Olive You says:

    Olive oil and sea salt! Good God. Sounds fantastic.

  26. rosieprior says:

    Such beautiful pictures!

  27. emailblog23 says:

    I really enjoy the ideas on your blog. I totally agree that food can be simple and delicious at the same time! These recipes are genius and I think you might enjoy some of the things I have posted on my blog ( ) . Thanks for the inspiration, I cant wait to try out some of these toppings!

  28. All of these look so delicious but my favorite topping would be chocolate syrup, strawberries, and bananas. They all go so well together and especially with plain vanilla ice cream! I think it is amazing that you make your own ice cream!

  29. This looks absolutely delicious I will definitely have to try it!

  30. Eat & Tell says:

    mmmmmmmmmm! looks AMAZING!!

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  31. Oh MY the almond bread and maple syrup idea is absolutely amazing 😍😍😍

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