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15 ice cream topping ideas to fancy up your dessert game

Life without ice cream is miserable. It’s just creamy and sweet enough to fill that cone-shaped void in your soul.

But sometimes, it can be very boring if it’s plain or you eat the same ice cream over and over. Well, I got a solution for you–ICE CREAM TOPPINGS!

Nothing is more fun and exciting when you add your favorite garnish on top of your dessert. From peanut butter to toasted marshmallows to chocolate syrup to strawberries, these fifteen toppings will fancy up your next ice cream social.

Peanut butter and ice cream are bound to be together! 

You can choose any flavor, but vanilla works well with the nutty and earthy flavor of peanut butter. It has a perfect blend of sweet and gooey peanut butter goodness. 

Quick note: To add crunch, toss chopped peanuts on top.

2. Toasted marshmallows

Toasting marshmallows allows this confectionery to bring its complex flavor. And when this flavor gets added to the creamy and sweet taste of ice cream, the result is a burst of interesting flavor!I prefer the mini marshmallows as they’re easy to chew and devour. But if you’re into those jumbo ones, they should be fine too.

3. Brownie bites

If you’re wondering what to do with those leftover brownie bites, why not turn them into another tasty dessert?

Sprinkle them over your chocolate ice cream. They’re a perfect companion, and a good summertime treat!

Quick tip: If you’re running out of chocolate ice cream in the fridge, vanilla-flavored ice cream will do.

Adding caramel corn to your vanilla ice cream offers that sweet and crunchy indulgence to the dessert. 

Coated with vanilla extract, butter, and corn syrup, these popcorns are sure to convince you to grab more scoops. They’re delicious either as ice cream toppings or a snack for your family movie night.

5. Mini chocolate chips

Imagine having a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream with miniature chocolate chip toppings in hot weather. Oh-em-gee!

Don’t limit yourself to mini chocolate chip cookies, this sweet little devil can do much more with ice cream. Trust me, you’ll enjoy its semi sweetness and chewy texture. 

6. Chocolate pretzels

Your favorite ice cream turns magical when you sprinkle crushed chocolate pretzels on top. They’re fun and easy to make too!

If you want to add crunchiness and extra flavor to your frozen dessert, then chocolate pretzel is a great choice. 

Combining white sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract creates ice cream topping that can change your life. Behold, the chocolate syrup!It’s a thick, rich, and decadent mixture that’s perfect for topping your favorite ice cream. Chocolate syrup is also delicious in chocolate milk or on warm brownies.

8. Graham crackers

Adding caramel corn to your vanilla ice cream offers that sweet and crunchy indulgence to the Aside from chocolate pretzels, another topping alternative for crunchy goodness is graham crackers. If you haven’t tried them with ice cream, the combination of the two is topnotch! The slightly sweet flavor of the crackers blends well with the creamy flavor profile of the ice cream. You can either make your own or purchase them at your nearby grocery store. Your call!

9. Honey

Incorporating the flavor of honey to the ice cream lends complex depth to the dessert. Any ice cream can become more complex and flavorful with its presence. 

Be careful! You might add a lot of honey to your ice cream and end up overpowering the frozen dessert. 

Honey roasted peanuts are a great snack or topping for ice cream. They have this deep honey flavor that combines with the texture and flavor profile of other sweet desserts.Packed with cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, butter, honey, and sugar, these peanuts are cooked in the oven for about 30 minutes.

11. Whoppers

Chocolate malt ice cream and whoppers are the perfect combination for the next ice cream social.This combo features sweet and nutty notes from the chocolate malt frozen dessert and delicious and crunchy chocolate flavor from the malted milk balls. These balls are also a good snack if you’re planning to gather the gang for a movie night.

12. Oreo

When it comes to ice cream topping ideas, oreo will never be missing in action. These cookies, which consist of two wafers with sweet cream filling, are great for finishing vanilla ice cream. It’s light and not too sweet or overpowering.Quick tip: It comes from different flavors, but I recommend picking the original one for your ice cream.

If you’re looking for the best ice cream topping, then your search is over! Your ice cream will become richer, creamier, and tastier when topped with this homemade whipped cream. It has a smoother consistency and a nicer mouthfeel compared to the store-bought one. The ingredients are powdered sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla extract.

There are good ice cream toppings out there, and one of them is melted chocolate. To make one, place high-quality chocolate and oil over a saucepan. Stir constantly until the chocolate is fully melted, and you’re done!Magically set over your favorite ice cream and expect a nice crunchy shell when it reaches the frozen dessert.

Strawberries aren’t among those popular ice cream toppings that dessert lovers pick, but they’re worth trying, especially if you want something new! Experience a big burst of sweetness in your mouth every time you take a bite of the ice cream-strawberry combo.

The bottom line

There are fun ways to fancy up your next ice cream party–they’re just waiting for you to be unlocked! 

As an ice cream lover, I want you to take this tip as a future guide: choose a topping that aligns with your wants.

Whether you want to incorporate crunchiness or add extra sweetness and creaminess to your ice cream (or combine them all), this compilation has everything you need!

15 Fun Ice Cream Toppings

15 Fun Ice Cream Toppings

Follow this guide and unlock these fifteen toppings to fancy up your next ice cream social.


  • Peanut butter
  • Toasted marshmallows
  • Brownie bites
  • Caramel corn
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Chocolate pretzels
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Graham crackers
  • Honey
  • Honey roasted peanuts
  • Whoppers
  • Oreo
  • Whipped cream
  • Melted chocolate
  • Strawberries


  1. Pick three toppings to try
  2. Drizzle one of them over your ice cream
  3. Serve them to your friends and family

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Shammy P

Thursday 9th of December 2021

I loved that you said that white sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract could create ice cream topping that can change your life. My husband and I are planning to order homemade ice cream for our son's 5th birthday party next week. Since we want all the kids to enjoy the party with different ice cream flavors and toppings, we will consider your tips.

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