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I scream! You scream! We all scream for ice cream! Hey, we may be the grandma now, but we still enjoy ice cream, too.
I don’t know about you, but I always have lots of ice cream treats and novelties in the freezer ready for grandkids’ visits, but sometimes I like to do something even sweeter, like arrange an ice cream sundae bar. Like most of the activities I share, you can make this as simple or elaborate as you like via the number of ice creams and toppings you offer.
Are you ready for a bit of sundae funday? Me too! Let’s get started on this fun and tasty ice cream sundae bar made especially for our grandkids:
1. Gather your ingredients
My favorite part of an ice cream sundae bar is that it is so easy to customize, as you can go out and buy a bunch of things at the store or simply use what’s already on hand. Remember: There is no right or wrong way to do this, as it’s all about giving your grandkids a wide variety of options so they can create their own dream sundae. That said, let’s start brainstorming!
Ice Cream Flavors: Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, mint chocolate chip, cookies and cream, rocky road, butter pecan, chocolate chip cookie dough, birthday cake… You get the idea – anything goes!
Sauces: Hot fudge, caramel, strawberry, raspberry, butterscotch, maple syrup, and even peanut butter sauce.
Classic Toppings: Sprinkles (lots of color options here), whipped cream, cherries, chopped nuts, mini marshmallows, and banana slices for those who fancy a classic banana split.
Fruits: Besides bananas, consider adding diced strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or even a tropical touch with diced pineapple and coconut shavings.
Candy & Sweets: Crushed Oreos, M&Ms, Reese’s pieces, gummy bears, crushed Butterfinger or Heath bars, mini chocolate chips, or even chunks of brownies or cookie dough.
Cereals & Crunch: Cereal isn’t just for breakfast! Consider sweet options like Fruity Pebbles or Cocoa Puffs. Granola adds a nice crunch, too.
Healthy Alternatives: For those wanting a healthier touch, consider toppings like honey, Greek yogurt, chia seeds, flax seeds, or even dark chocolate shavings.
2. Set the stage
Now for the fun part! Arrange each topping in its own bowl with a little spoon. (It’s just like a buffet, but with 100% more sprinkles, hehe.) Make it fun and easy to navigate, like a sweet buffet. You could even add little labels in front of each ingredient to make it feel like a real ice cream shop.
3. Let them create
This may be my favorite part of the process: Watching the grandkids’ eyes light up as they create their perfect treat! Don’t forget to take pictures of your grandchild and their finished creation – sweet moments like these are always so fun to look back on!
(Did anyone else’s child watch Barney on PBS? The title is an ode to it – I just randomly remembered that song from the 1990s! Anyway, back to ice cream sundaes :P)
Turn clean-up time into a fun activity. Who can collect the most spoons? Which team can clean their area the fastest? It’s all about creating a joyful atmosphere and memories they’ll hold dear forever. Plus, they’ll be learning valuable life skills along the way. Win-win, I say.
Obviously, regular bowls and spoons will work (after all, it’s what’s inside that counts, hehe) – I just thought this set was so darn cute and fun!
If an ice cream sundae bar is a tradition you would like to start – or if you just want to go all out this time! – consider buying some darling decorations to make your table pop.
A fun and colorful array of sprinkles, shipped right to your door in two days… what a time to be alive!
I hope my ideas don’t sound too stressful to my fellow Devoted Grandmas! Remember, it’s not about perfection; it’s about making sweet, sweet memories with your grandbabies. So, go ahead and plan your sundae funday – it’s sure to be a hit!