There are few things in life that epitomize the excitement of childhood culinary dreams more than an ice cream sundae. It is difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of this excitement. Perhaps it is the endless possibilities of ingredients. Then again, maybe it is the special bowl or glass it is served in. For me, it is the promise of dipping my spoon into the tall sundae glass and the surprise at what combination of flavors I will pull out from the seemingly endless layers. Of course, as the chef of the house, it is my duty to run a quality-control check on each of the ingredients before serving them to my trusting husband and boys.
It only took one spoonful of vanilla ice cream for me to determine that it was sufficiently creamy and sweet. One plump cherry popped into my mouth told me that the juicy fruit would seep into the vanilla ice cream effortlessly. The Nutella? It took me at least six or seven swipes of my finger in the container to determine that the creamy hazelnut and chocolate confection was good enough to serve to my family. Just taking one for the team.
When I set the cold treats in front of my boys, they became wide-eyed and emitted various “oo”s and “ah”s. They were respectfully silent as they plowed their way through the sundaes, devouring layer upon layer of melting ice cream, warm chocolate and sweet berries. The childhood wonder has been successfully passed on to another generation and their future sundae dreams will be limited only by their imaginations.
Using four 8-ounce glasses, pour 1/4 cup pitted, sliced fresh cherries into the bottom of each glass.
Next, put in a layer of slightly softened vanilla ice cream, followed by a layer of softened Nutella (soften on 50% power in the microwave for 10 to 20 seconds), another layer of vanilla ice cream, and a healthy drizzle of Nutella. Top with 2 tablespoons sliced cherries. Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve immediately.
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Cherry & Nutella Ice Cream Sundae Recipe
|Serving Size||1 sundae|
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 618kcal Calories from fat 280|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 31g||48%|
|Saturated Fat 25g||125%|
|Dietary Fiber 5g||20%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|
- 10 oz. fresh cherries, pitted and sliced
- About 1/4 gallon (a little less) vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
- 3/4 cup Nutella
- 4 sprigs of mint, for garnish (optional)
- Using four 8-ounce glasses, pour ¼ cup pitted, sliced fresh cherries into the bottom of each glass. Next, put in a layer of slightly softened vanilla ice cream, followed by a layer of softened Nutella (soften on 50% power in the microwave for 10 to 20 seconds), another layer of vanilla ice cream, and a healthy drizzle of Nutella. Top with 2 tablespoons sliced cherries. Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve immediately.