There are so many kinds of frozen deserts to scoop into these days. Fro-yo, gelato, sorbet… But sometimes you just want some good old fashioned creamy, churned ice cream. The kind that makes the hot metal spoon, you’ve warmed up under the faucet, steam when you slice into that cold block of deliciousness. You want the ice cream you had as a kid, but you’re a grown-up now and grown-ups do fancy things like drink lemon grass pisco sours and make their own jerky . So we found a way to fulfill that childhood craving while still keeping it interesting for your adult-self. It’s all in the toppings. Even plain Jane vanilla (sorry vanilla lovers) can be brought to new levels with the right topping. You’ve tried chocolate syrup. Whip cream. Sprinkles. The regular go-tos, but we’ve got some toppings for you to try we’re sure will surprise you. The best part is the toppings can be used on pretty much any base flavor to turn it into a gourmet experience.

So whether it’s in a cup or a cone or straight out of the carton (we won’t tell), here are 6 Unexpected Toppings To Try On Ice Cream. But try not to eat it too fast, because we all know what happens then.

 Olive Oil and Sea Salt

Drizzle some olive oil on top of your favorite flavor. Be sure to use a high quality olive oil. Then top with some sea salt flakes for a salty and sweet treat.


These purple flowers are a great addition when dried and sprinkled on top of a scoop. Plus they look really pretty. It’s best to use culinary lavender as it has the sweetest fragrance of the different species.

Popcorn or Caramel Corn

Not just for the movies and carnivals, popcorn and caramel corn make a fun and tasty topping on your ice cream. Try different concoctions of caramel corn (maybe some with nuts or white chocolate) when you want to switch it up.

Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

Create a balsamic vinegar reduction by cooking balsamic vinegar (about 1 cup) in a saucepan over medium-low heat until it thickens. Be careful not to burn. Lightly pour over your ice cream of choice. Add some fruit like peaches or strawberries to sweeten.

Lemon Curd

For a tart treat, try lemon curd with your ice cream. It can be as simple as scooping some on top or stirring it in to create a sexy swirl.

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