Scoop and serve these adventurous ice cream flavors

With spring in the air, it's the perfect time to enjoy a scoop of delicious ice cream. But forget the simple vanilla and chocolate — it's time to try something different. Here, Gail Simmons and Food & Wine magazine share some creative ice cream flavors and sundae creations.

Bourbon-nectarine ice cream sundaes with pound-cake croutons
Servings:

4 servings

Ingredients

    • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 8 ounces all-butter pound cake, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    • 6 firm, ripe yellow nectarines, cut into thin wedges**
    • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
    • 1/3 cup bourbon
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    • 2 pints vanilla ice cream

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Salty dog
Servings:

4 servings; Salted caramel makes 1 cup

Ingredients

    • 1 pint chocolate-chili ice cream
    • 1 cup Salted Caramel (recipe follows)
    • 1 cup regular salted potato chips, lightly crushed, plus a few whole chips for garnish
    • 1/2 cup roasted salted peanuts, crushed
  • Salted caramel

    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream
    • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1 vanilla bean, scraped or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Tropical storm
Servings:

4 servings; Sauteed pineapple with ginger and mint makes 1 cup

Ingredients

    • 1 pint lime sorbet (coconut or mango sorbet if lime is not available)
    • 1 cup Sautéed Pineapple with Ginger and Mint (recipe follows)
    • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes, toasted
    • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes or 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (just a pinch per sundae)
  • Sauteed pineapple with ginger and mint

    • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • 1 cup fresh pineapple, cut into one-inch cubes
    • 1 slice peeled fresh ginger root, finely minced
    • 2 tablespoons chiffonode of fresh mint

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Sundae morning
Servings:

4 servings

Ingredients

    • 2 bananas, thinly sliced
    • 1 pint (1 scoop per sundae) banana ice cream
    • 1 pint (1 scoop per sundae) butter pecan ice cream
    • 1/2 cup crispy, crumbled bacon bits
    • 1 cup maple syrup
    • 1 cup crushed cereal

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Apple pie sundaes with cheddar crust shards
Servings:

8 servings

Ingredients

  • Cheddar shards

    • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • Kosher salt
    • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
    • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons cold water
    • 1/4 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • Sundae

    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 6 large apples, such as Pink Lady or Granny Smith—cored, peeled and thinly sliced
    • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    • Kosher salt
    • 2 pints vanilla frozen yogurt

Preparation

Baking Directions:

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