Host an Ice Cream Social

Hot temperatures mean cold ice cream! Gather friends and family for a celebration of this creamy treat with an easy-to-do, do-it-yourself ice cream social.
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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
    • Chocolate chip
    • Chocolate fudge
    • French vanilla
    • Fudge swirl
    • Mint chocolate chip
    • Neapolitan
    • Strawberry
    • Vanilla
  • 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.

 

Beverages

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

 

Set Up

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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