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5 Fun & Interesting Ice Cream Toppings (Slideshow)

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1. Balsamic Vinegar & Berries

Try it on: Vanilla or Chocolate.

If there were any justice in the world, balsamic vinegar and berries would be up there with ketchup and mustard or peanut butter and jelly in terms of perfect food combinations. You could go the easy route here and toss some berries onto your ice cream and top it off with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Or, you can try something a little more decadent (and a little more work!) and with this recipe:

  • 1/2 1-pint basket sliced berries
  • 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 2 tbs pine nuts
  • Pinch of cloves, ground
  • 1. In a small bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, half of the sugar, and berries.
    2. In a small heavy skillet, combine pine nuts, cloves and the rest of the sugar. Stir for around 4 minutes over medium-low heat. You’ll know they’re done when the pine nuts are golden brown and the sugar has melted.
    3. Top ice cream with the strawberries first, and then top with nuts.

    Recipe Credit: Epicurious

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    Katie Waldeck

    Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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    12:23AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

    thanks for sharing

    8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

    Intriguing but will pass on the olive oil and heads? Okay....a flavour for every season no doubt. think I will stick with hot fudge!

    9:43AM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

    most of that kinda sounds nasty. just saying

    9:45AM PDT on Jun 29, 2012


    12:44PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

    NOT!! Most of this sounds just plain SCARY!!! (except the caramel...)

    7:06AM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

    When I was a kid, I used to tune my scoops if there was only plain vanilla ice cream avalaible. My favorite was crumbed cookies mixed into the ice cream. Now that I'm old, I don't like ice cream toppings of any kind anymore. I find these suggestions interesting anyhow, I think I'm going to test berries with balsamico as a dessert!

    1:58PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

    Most of these toppings are a bit "out there" for me, but I'll take caramel on almost anything!

    1:32PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012


    1:31PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

    Thanks for the unusual toppings. Might have to sneak one of these in on my kids and see what they think. Would be a true test of tatse.

    Marielaina Perrone DDS

    10:31AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

    thanks :)

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