Cookies go great with ice cream.
The Main Attraction
- Serve three, four or more different flavors. These Giant Eagle Creamery Classics® Premium flavors are great for an ice cream social:
- Butter pecan
- Cherry vanilla
- Chocolate chip
- Chocolate fudge
- French vanilla
- Fudge swirl
- Mint chocolate chip
- If you want to “go light,” choose Giant Eagle Creamery Classics Churned Light ice cream in chocolate, mint chocolate chip, Neapolitan, strawberry and vanilla.
(Editor's note: Some flavors, such as chocolate chip cookie dough, are so rich and complex that they're best enjoyed on their own rather than as a base for a sundae, a banana split or a root beer float.)
- Offer plenty of toppings such as:
- Hot fudge, chocolate fudge, butterscotch, strawberry, caramel and marshmallow crème
- Nuts, sprinkles and candies
- Maraschino cherries
- Whipped cream or topping
- Encourage your guests to have ice cream their way by stocking up on:
- Ice cream cones and cups (with spoons)
- Root beer for floats
- Sliced fresh fruit, especially bananas and strawberries for sundaes and splits
- If one of your guests has a food sensitivity or allergy to peanuts or chocolate, include allergen-free ice cream and accompaniments.
Remember the Cookies!
Cookies go great with ice cream. Have some of these favorites on hand:
- Sugar wafers — Make perfect toppings for sundaes and splits.
- Vanilla wafers — Taste great in banana splits or as bases for mini ice-cream sandwiches.
- Valu Time® sandwich cream cookies — Crumble a few of these in a dish of chocolate or vanilla ice cream.
- Giant Eagle® Bakery cookies — Delicious crumbled on top of ice cream or as a side.
Since ice cream tastes very sweet, choose beverages that complement without overwhelming taste buds. The following beverages work wonderfully with ice cream dishes:
- Ginger ale
- Root beer
- Iced tea
- Iced coffee or espresso
- Fruit-flavored seltzers
- Chilled water
Serve buffet-style. Group items by type and in the order guests will serve themselves.
- Place bowls, cutlery, napkins, soda glasses and straws first in line along the buffet table.
- Group all of the ice cream containers next in line.
- Group bowls of toppings next to the ice cream.
- Arrange accompaniments on platters, and place them second-to-last in line.
- Group drinks and cups together at the very end of the buffet.
- Stack clean-up items (wet wipes and paper towels) away from the buffet to allow guests to clean up without interrupting the flow of traffic through the buffet.
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