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The 19 Best Over-the-Top Ice Cream Recipes to Make at Home

The 19 Best Over-the-Top Ice Cream Recipes to Make at Home

Try one of these deliciously, unusual ice cream flavors this summer

Turn Thai Iced Tea into a cold frozen ice cream made with sweetened condensed milk.

When it comes to ice cream, we hardly ever say no. We all know the classics — vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, and even mint chip — but there are occasions that call for something a little different than the usual ice cream parlor options. By now, I hope you have already started dusting off your ice cream-maker, because these over-the-top flavors are better than anything you can buy at the store.

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Invoke the spirit of the King himself with our Elvis-inspired Peanut Butter Ice Cream made with crunchy pieces of peanut brittle in a smooth, banana custard base. If you are looking for something more refreshing, Lemon Verbena ice cream is perfect for pairing with a dry moscato wine for sweet summer toasts.

Even if you don’t have your own ice cream-maker at home, you can still get in on this frozen fun by checking out our 9 Ways to Make Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Maker story. Then, create your own delicious ice cream flavors using your favorite trusted ice cream base (or our favorite ice cream base recipe) and whatever extracts, mix-ins, and purées you desire.

For some cool, creamy inspiration, check out are 19 favorite over-the-top ice cream recipes to make at home this summer.

Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.


18 Spectacular Ice Cream Sundaes

These extreme sundaes will cool you off&mdashbut they might also melt your brain.

Take your ice cream sundae game to the next level with these delicious topping ideas and recipes. Still in the mood for sweets? Try these awesome Ice Cream Sandwich Recipes and these Homemade Ice Cream Recipes.

Vanilla, plus orange sherbet and raspberry sauce. All we need is an excuse to eat this for breakfast.

A bed of peanut butter, tons of hot fudge, peanut butter cups and vanilla ice cream. Our absolute happy place.

Too much of a good thing is never enough. Cookies and cream ice cream, mini Oreos, chocolate chips, and a dusting of Oreo cookie crumbs on top make this one amazing creation.

Broken pieces of meringue cookies (store-bought, because you deserve a break every now and then), sliced strawberries, and strawberry ice cream turn a low-brow sundae into something worthy of English high tea.

The most colorful way to drink Champagne!

There's so much s'more to love in this insane dessert. On top of a base of marshmallow topping sits vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and graham cracker pieces. Then it's finished with a malted milk ball JUST BECAUSE.

It's a chocolate-lovers fantasy: Chocolate chocolate-chip ice cream, crumbled brownies, hot fudge, and a drizzle of Godiva liquor makes this sundae almost too much to handle.

We might have overdone it on this one. Heath Bar ice cream gets covered in chocolate sauce and an entire concession stand's worth of toppings: M&Ms, Milk Duds, Whoppers. and even Jujyfruits and a few Sour Patch Kids, for good measure.


18 Spectacular Ice Cream Sundaes

These extreme sundaes will cool you off&mdashbut they might also melt your brain.

Take your ice cream sundae game to the next level with these delicious topping ideas and recipes. Still in the mood for sweets? Try these awesome Ice Cream Sandwich Recipes and these Homemade Ice Cream Recipes.

Vanilla, plus orange sherbet and raspberry sauce. All we need is an excuse to eat this for breakfast.

A bed of peanut butter, tons of hot fudge, peanut butter cups and vanilla ice cream. Our absolute happy place.

Too much of a good thing is never enough. Cookies and cream ice cream, mini Oreos, chocolate chips, and a dusting of Oreo cookie crumbs on top make this one amazing creation.

Broken pieces of meringue cookies (store-bought, because you deserve a break every now and then), sliced strawberries, and strawberry ice cream turn a low-brow sundae into something worthy of English high tea.

The most colorful way to drink Champagne!

There's so much s'more to love in this insane dessert. On top of a base of marshmallow topping sits vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and graham cracker pieces. Then it's finished with a malted milk ball JUST BECAUSE.

It's a chocolate-lovers fantasy: Chocolate chocolate-chip ice cream, crumbled brownies, hot fudge, and a drizzle of Godiva liquor makes this sundae almost too much to handle.

We might have overdone it on this one. Heath Bar ice cream gets covered in chocolate sauce and an entire concession stand's worth of toppings: M&Ms, Milk Duds, Whoppers. and even Jujyfruits and a few Sour Patch Kids, for good measure.


18 Spectacular Ice Cream Sundaes

These extreme sundaes will cool you off&mdashbut they might also melt your brain.

Take your ice cream sundae game to the next level with these delicious topping ideas and recipes. Still in the mood for sweets? Try these awesome Ice Cream Sandwich Recipes and these Homemade Ice Cream Recipes.

Vanilla, plus orange sherbet and raspberry sauce. All we need is an excuse to eat this for breakfast.

A bed of peanut butter, tons of hot fudge, peanut butter cups and vanilla ice cream. Our absolute happy place.

Too much of a good thing is never enough. Cookies and cream ice cream, mini Oreos, chocolate chips, and a dusting of Oreo cookie crumbs on top make this one amazing creation.

Broken pieces of meringue cookies (store-bought, because you deserve a break every now and then), sliced strawberries, and strawberry ice cream turn a low-brow sundae into something worthy of English high tea.

The most colorful way to drink Champagne!

There's so much s'more to love in this insane dessert. On top of a base of marshmallow topping sits vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and graham cracker pieces. Then it's finished with a malted milk ball JUST BECAUSE.

It's a chocolate-lovers fantasy: Chocolate chocolate-chip ice cream, crumbled brownies, hot fudge, and a drizzle of Godiva liquor makes this sundae almost too much to handle.

We might have overdone it on this one. Heath Bar ice cream gets covered in chocolate sauce and an entire concession stand's worth of toppings: M&Ms, Milk Duds, Whoppers. and even Jujyfruits and a few Sour Patch Kids, for good measure.


18 Spectacular Ice Cream Sundaes

These extreme sundaes will cool you off&mdashbut they might also melt your brain.

Take your ice cream sundae game to the next level with these delicious topping ideas and recipes. Still in the mood for sweets? Try these awesome Ice Cream Sandwich Recipes and these Homemade Ice Cream Recipes.

Vanilla, plus orange sherbet and raspberry sauce. All we need is an excuse to eat this for breakfast.

A bed of peanut butter, tons of hot fudge, peanut butter cups and vanilla ice cream. Our absolute happy place.

Too much of a good thing is never enough. Cookies and cream ice cream, mini Oreos, chocolate chips, and a dusting of Oreo cookie crumbs on top make this one amazing creation.

Broken pieces of meringue cookies (store-bought, because you deserve a break every now and then), sliced strawberries, and strawberry ice cream turn a low-brow sundae into something worthy of English high tea.

The most colorful way to drink Champagne!

There's so much s'more to love in this insane dessert. On top of a base of marshmallow topping sits vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and graham cracker pieces. Then it's finished with a malted milk ball JUST BECAUSE.

It's a chocolate-lovers fantasy: Chocolate chocolate-chip ice cream, crumbled brownies, hot fudge, and a drizzle of Godiva liquor makes this sundae almost too much to handle.

We might have overdone it on this one. Heath Bar ice cream gets covered in chocolate sauce and an entire concession stand's worth of toppings: M&Ms, Milk Duds, Whoppers. and even Jujyfruits and a few Sour Patch Kids, for good measure.


18 Spectacular Ice Cream Sundaes

These extreme sundaes will cool you off&mdashbut they might also melt your brain.

Take your ice cream sundae game to the next level with these delicious topping ideas and recipes. Still in the mood for sweets? Try these awesome Ice Cream Sandwich Recipes and these Homemade Ice Cream Recipes.

Vanilla, plus orange sherbet and raspberry sauce. All we need is an excuse to eat this for breakfast.

A bed of peanut butter, tons of hot fudge, peanut butter cups and vanilla ice cream. Our absolute happy place.

Too much of a good thing is never enough. Cookies and cream ice cream, mini Oreos, chocolate chips, and a dusting of Oreo cookie crumbs on top make this one amazing creation.

Broken pieces of meringue cookies (store-bought, because you deserve a break every now and then), sliced strawberries, and strawberry ice cream turn a low-brow sundae into something worthy of English high tea.

The most colorful way to drink Champagne!

There's so much s'more to love in this insane dessert. On top of a base of marshmallow topping sits vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and graham cracker pieces. Then it's finished with a malted milk ball JUST BECAUSE.

It's a chocolate-lovers fantasy: Chocolate chocolate-chip ice cream, crumbled brownies, hot fudge, and a drizzle of Godiva liquor makes this sundae almost too much to handle.

We might have overdone it on this one. Heath Bar ice cream gets covered in chocolate sauce and an entire concession stand's worth of toppings: M&Ms, Milk Duds, Whoppers. and even Jujyfruits and a few Sour Patch Kids, for good measure.


18 Spectacular Ice Cream Sundaes

These extreme sundaes will cool you off&mdashbut they might also melt your brain.

Take your ice cream sundae game to the next level with these delicious topping ideas and recipes. Still in the mood for sweets? Try these awesome Ice Cream Sandwich Recipes and these Homemade Ice Cream Recipes.

Vanilla, plus orange sherbet and raspberry sauce. All we need is an excuse to eat this for breakfast.

A bed of peanut butter, tons of hot fudge, peanut butter cups and vanilla ice cream. Our absolute happy place.

Too much of a good thing is never enough. Cookies and cream ice cream, mini Oreos, chocolate chips, and a dusting of Oreo cookie crumbs on top make this one amazing creation.

Broken pieces of meringue cookies (store-bought, because you deserve a break every now and then), sliced strawberries, and strawberry ice cream turn a low-brow sundae into something worthy of English high tea.

The most colorful way to drink Champagne!

There's so much s'more to love in this insane dessert. On top of a base of marshmallow topping sits vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and graham cracker pieces. Then it's finished with a malted milk ball JUST BECAUSE.

It's a chocolate-lovers fantasy: Chocolate chocolate-chip ice cream, crumbled brownies, hot fudge, and a drizzle of Godiva liquor makes this sundae almost too much to handle.

We might have overdone it on this one. Heath Bar ice cream gets covered in chocolate sauce and an entire concession stand's worth of toppings: M&Ms, Milk Duds, Whoppers. and even Jujyfruits and a few Sour Patch Kids, for good measure.


18 Spectacular Ice Cream Sundaes

These extreme sundaes will cool you off&mdashbut they might also melt your brain.

Take your ice cream sundae game to the next level with these delicious topping ideas and recipes. Still in the mood for sweets? Try these awesome Ice Cream Sandwich Recipes and these Homemade Ice Cream Recipes.

Vanilla, plus orange sherbet and raspberry sauce. All we need is an excuse to eat this for breakfast.

A bed of peanut butter, tons of hot fudge, peanut butter cups and vanilla ice cream. Our absolute happy place.

Too much of a good thing is never enough. Cookies and cream ice cream, mini Oreos, chocolate chips, and a dusting of Oreo cookie crumbs on top make this one amazing creation.

Broken pieces of meringue cookies (store-bought, because you deserve a break every now and then), sliced strawberries, and strawberry ice cream turn a low-brow sundae into something worthy of English high tea.

The most colorful way to drink Champagne!

There's so much s'more to love in this insane dessert. On top of a base of marshmallow topping sits vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and graham cracker pieces. Then it's finished with a malted milk ball JUST BECAUSE.

It's a chocolate-lovers fantasy: Chocolate chocolate-chip ice cream, crumbled brownies, hot fudge, and a drizzle of Godiva liquor makes this sundae almost too much to handle.

We might have overdone it on this one. Heath Bar ice cream gets covered in chocolate sauce and an entire concession stand's worth of toppings: M&Ms, Milk Duds, Whoppers. and even Jujyfruits and a few Sour Patch Kids, for good measure.


18 Spectacular Ice Cream Sundaes

These extreme sundaes will cool you off&mdashbut they might also melt your brain.

Take your ice cream sundae game to the next level with these delicious topping ideas and recipes. Still in the mood for sweets? Try these awesome Ice Cream Sandwich Recipes and these Homemade Ice Cream Recipes.

Vanilla, plus orange sherbet and raspberry sauce. All we need is an excuse to eat this for breakfast.

A bed of peanut butter, tons of hot fudge, peanut butter cups and vanilla ice cream. Our absolute happy place.

Too much of a good thing is never enough. Cookies and cream ice cream, mini Oreos, chocolate chips, and a dusting of Oreo cookie crumbs on top make this one amazing creation.

Broken pieces of meringue cookies (store-bought, because you deserve a break every now and then), sliced strawberries, and strawberry ice cream turn a low-brow sundae into something worthy of English high tea.

The most colorful way to drink Champagne!

There's so much s'more to love in this insane dessert. On top of a base of marshmallow topping sits vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and graham cracker pieces. Then it's finished with a malted milk ball JUST BECAUSE.

It's a chocolate-lovers fantasy: Chocolate chocolate-chip ice cream, crumbled brownies, hot fudge, and a drizzle of Godiva liquor makes this sundae almost too much to handle.

We might have overdone it on this one. Heath Bar ice cream gets covered in chocolate sauce and an entire concession stand's worth of toppings: M&Ms, Milk Duds, Whoppers. and even Jujyfruits and a few Sour Patch Kids, for good measure.


18 Spectacular Ice Cream Sundaes

These extreme sundaes will cool you off&mdashbut they might also melt your brain.

Take your ice cream sundae game to the next level with these delicious topping ideas and recipes. Still in the mood for sweets? Try these awesome Ice Cream Sandwich Recipes and these Homemade Ice Cream Recipes.

Vanilla, plus orange sherbet and raspberry sauce. All we need is an excuse to eat this for breakfast.

A bed of peanut butter, tons of hot fudge, peanut butter cups and vanilla ice cream. Our absolute happy place.

Too much of a good thing is never enough. Cookies and cream ice cream, mini Oreos, chocolate chips, and a dusting of Oreo cookie crumbs on top make this one amazing creation.

Broken pieces of meringue cookies (store-bought, because you deserve a break every now and then), sliced strawberries, and strawberry ice cream turn a low-brow sundae into something worthy of English high tea.

The most colorful way to drink Champagne!

There's so much s'more to love in this insane dessert. On top of a base of marshmallow topping sits vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and graham cracker pieces. Then it's finished with a malted milk ball JUST BECAUSE.

It's a chocolate-lovers fantasy: Chocolate chocolate-chip ice cream, crumbled brownies, hot fudge, and a drizzle of Godiva liquor makes this sundae almost too much to handle.

We might have overdone it on this one. Heath Bar ice cream gets covered in chocolate sauce and an entire concession stand's worth of toppings: M&Ms, Milk Duds, Whoppers. and even Jujyfruits and a few Sour Patch Kids, for good measure.


18 Spectacular Ice Cream Sundaes

These extreme sundaes will cool you off&mdashbut they might also melt your brain.

Take your ice cream sundae game to the next level with these delicious topping ideas and recipes. Still in the mood for sweets? Try these awesome Ice Cream Sandwich Recipes and these Homemade Ice Cream Recipes.

Vanilla, plus orange sherbet and raspberry sauce. All we need is an excuse to eat this for breakfast.

A bed of peanut butter, tons of hot fudge, peanut butter cups and vanilla ice cream. Our absolute happy place.

Too much of a good thing is never enough. Cookies and cream ice cream, mini Oreos, chocolate chips, and a dusting of Oreo cookie crumbs on top make this one amazing creation.

Broken pieces of meringue cookies (store-bought, because you deserve a break every now and then), sliced strawberries, and strawberry ice cream turn a low-brow sundae into something worthy of English high tea.

The most colorful way to drink Champagne!

There's so much s'more to love in this insane dessert. On top of a base of marshmallow topping sits vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and graham cracker pieces. Then it's finished with a malted milk ball JUST BECAUSE.

It's a chocolate-lovers fantasy: Chocolate chocolate-chip ice cream, crumbled brownies, hot fudge, and a drizzle of Godiva liquor makes this sundae almost too much to handle.

We might have overdone it on this one. Heath Bar ice cream gets covered in chocolate sauce and an entire concession stand's worth of toppings: M&Ms, Milk Duds, Whoppers. and even Jujyfruits and a few Sour Patch Kids, for good measure.