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7 Amazing Things You Can Do with Ice Cream

Have you ever heard of ice cream bread?
Cookies and cream ice cream

Sure, you can top your ice cream with chocolate syrup and sprinkles, or you could eat it straight out of the pint. But the classic hot fudge sundae only scrapes the surface of what you can do with this frozen dairy treat.

As summer comes to a close, now is the perfect time to try some of the more innovative ways to eat ice cream. Here are some inventive ice cream recipes to add to your list.

1

Top it with olive oil

Low-calorie olive oil ice cream
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

You wouldn't think that savory and sweet flavors would go together so well, but this recipe really works. All you need is vanilla ice cream, olive oil, sea salt, and some nuts to top it off.

Get our recipe for Savory and Sweet Olive Oil Ice Cream

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2

Top a grilled fruit sundae

Sundae with grilled pineapple and rum sauce
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

If you're not grilling fruit, you're missing out. Make the most of the season by grilling stone fruit or pineapple, as we did in this sundae recipe.

Get our recipe for a Vanilla Grilled Pineapple and Rum Sauce Sundae

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3

Make ice cream sandwiches

low calorie ice cream sandwiches
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This is a super-easy recipe to make with your kids while you're quarantining at home. The possibilities are endless!

Get our recipe for Ice Cream Sandwiches

4

Add unexpected ingredients

two bowls of avocado ice cream with spoons
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Have you heard of avocado ice cream? Don't knock it until you try it! Our recipe features creamy avocados, sweetened condensed milk, and some sugar and lime juice for flavoring.

Get our recipe for Avocado Ice Cream

5

Make homemade ice cream

Scoop of homemade ice cream in a bowl
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Yes, it's easy to just buy a carton of ice cream at the store. But you can make homemade ice cream pretty easily—you don't even need an ice cream maker! Just whip the ingredients together and freeze them in a baking dish.

Get our recipe for Homemade Ice Cream

6

Make old-fashioned milkshakes

finished milkshakes with straws
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

You don't have to head to a diner to get a tasty milkshake. With a blender, a little milk, and your favorite toppings, you can turn that ice cream into a refreshing summer drink.

Get our recipe for Milkshakes

7

Try ice cream bread

loaf of ice cream bread with rainbow sprinkles
Courtesy of Cotter Crunch

You might not think ice cream works as a baking ingredient, but we're here to prove you wrong. Ice cream bread works with any flavor of ice cream, and it's the perfect end-of-summer baking project.

Get the recipe from Cotter Crunch

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