We each brought different ice cream toppings, candy and accoutrements. We had hot fudge, caramel, butterscotch, whipped cream, marshmallow cream, sprinkles, Oreos, brownie bites, M&Ms, mint M&Ms, chocolate-covered gummi bears, Butterfinger bits and cookie dough. We also had vanilla and chocolate ice cream, but they were merely vessels to accomadate our cacophony of toppings.
My cousins Kayla and Krista, hosted the event and bought us each special bowls with our names on them. Not to mention a large bucket to be used for those who might overindulge (an inside joke of ours). They were the perfect flourishes for the day.
We piled our bowls high with a bit of everything and topped off our sundaes with an up-side down sugar cone. These were works of art, unparelleled masterpieces even. Eyes rolled back in heads, troubles were forgotten and chins were wiped. Each bite was a unique experience that was never exactly replicated. As we flew higher and higher on our sugar high, we spoke of future "parties". A potato party where we each brought toppings or "mix-ins" for baked and mashed potatoes. Pizza parties were we topped pizza crusts with everything under the sun. Cupcake parties, Taco parties, Omlette parties, parties for any food that lends itself to varied ingredients. Apparently, hot fudge energizes the imagination.
The bowls were cleaned of the ice cream "soup" that remained and we parted ways, making promises of gatherings to come. I'm not sure why it took so long for our ice cream social to take place but with full bellies, cold throats and warm hearts we were all quite pleased that it did.
As an homage to our ice cream social, I'm posting this fun and yummy recipe from Pilsbury.com!
Cinnamon-Honey "Fried" Ice Cream
3 cups chocolate or vanilla ice cream
1 1/2 cups finely crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch® cereal
4 tablespoons honey
1. Scoop 6 (1/2-cup) balls of ice cream onto cookie sheet. Freeze 15 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, place cereal in shallow pan. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the honey evenly over cereal; mix well with fork until crumbly.
3. Quickly roll 1 ball of ice cream at a time in cereal mixture to coat; return to cookie sheet. Freeze ice cream balls until firm, about 20 minutes. (If desired, cover and freeze until serving time).
4. In small microwavable bowl, microwave remaining 2 tablespoons honey, uncovered, on High 20 to 30 seconds or until warm. To serve, place ice cream balls in individual dessert dishes; drizzle each with 1 teaspoon warm honey.