Take a trip to the diner, without leaving home. Dig into these low-cost ice cream sundaes and shakes!
Cost per serving: $2.21
Make the sundaes as elaborate as you like: Offer different flavored waffles, chopped toasted nuts, miniature chocolate chips or other toppings along with the berry sauce and whipped cream. Then, have the kids help construct them. It's a sure hit and a creative way to have your kids help in the kitchen.
Try this ice cream recipe: Strawberry Waffle Sundaes
Cost per serving: $1.64
Swap strawberry ice cream for the vanilla for more berry taste, or use chocolate ice cream for a chocolate-covered-strawberry shake. You could also mix in raspberries, blueberries or blackberries instead of strawberries, or use a combination.
Try this ice cream recipe: Fresh Strawberry Milk Shakes
Cost per serving: $1.25
These pretty sundaes take ordinary vanilla ice cream and elevate it to the extraordinary! Substitute frozen raspberries for fresh if they’re out of season.
Recipe: White-Chocolate Raspberry Sundaes
Cost per serving: $1.72
The raspberry sauce puts a homemade touch on this simple ice cream dessert that uses store-bought pound cake.
Cost per serving: $2.10
Frozen peaches and vanilla ice cream blend together to make a bright refreshing treat.
Cost per serving: $1.10
Warm pineapple caramelized in brown sugar creates a flavorful sauce that goes wonderfully over ice cream!
Cost per serving: 10¢
The perfect ice cream topper, the key to this sauce is the sugar’s color—you’re looking for a large patch of golden colored sugar (this usually develops in one section of the saucepan). If the sugar turns the color of diluted cola, you’ve gone too far and the sauce will taste burned.
Try this ice cream recipe: Buttermilk-Bourbon Caramel Sauce
Cost per serving: 98¢
Inspired by the sandwich rumored to be the King's favorite, the recipe for this thick milkshake calls for creamy peanut butter. Save a little bit of a sliced banana for an easy, pretty garnish.
Try this ice cream recipe: Elvis Milkshakes
Cost per serving: $1.33 (Strawberry-Cheesecake), 82¢ (Caramel-Latte)
These creamy concoctions embody the flavors of two favorite after-dinner treats.
Cost per serving: $1.63
For an even richer sundae, swap in chocolate ice cream or chocolate chocolate chip. Or make the sundaes as the recipe indicates, but drizzle on chocolate syrup along with the berry sauce.
Recipe: Double Strawberry–Chocolate Chip Sundaes
Cost per serving: 95¢
Cookies-and-cream is a malt shop classic, but you can make your family an extra-special shake by using mint-chip or coffee ice cream. Or to bump up the chocolate flavor, add a squirt of syrup.
Try this ice cream recipe: Cookies-and-Cream Milk Shakes
Cost per serving: $2.01
Ice cream gets an autumn twist with this decadent dessert. Gingersnaps give the recipe extra flavor, but if you'd like you can substitute a different type of cookie, such as Nilla Wafers.
See recipe: Gingersnap-Banana Sundaes
Cost per serving: 93¢
If peanut allergies are an issue, substitute delicious almond butter or cashew butter and use chopped almonds or cashews.
Try this ice cream recipe: Upside-Down Peanut Parfaits
Cost per serving: $1.93
Any kind of ice cream will work in these sundaes. They’re great with chocolate chip, coffee, strawberry or good old-fashioned vanilla. Also, instead of the croissants, you can prepare these sundaes with waffles. Toast frozen waffles, add ice cream and sundae toppings and serve.
See recipe: Croissant Ice Cream Sundaes
Cost per serving: $2.32
Warm up. To soften ice cream, set it in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
See recipe: Peppermint Hot Fudge Sundaes
Cost per serving: $1.10
These floats are the perfect way to celebrate a big win!
See recipe: Root Beer Floats
Cost per serving: $1.68
For a lighter version of this treat, serve the pineapple mixture over low-fat frozen yogurt or coconut sorbet.
See recipe: Brown Sugar-Pineapple Sundaes
Cost per serving: $2.13
This recipe is perfect for a date night in, but if you're serving this sundae from ALL YOU reader Valeria A. McClelland, skip the rum.
See recipe: Pineapple Waffle Cake Sundae