I get to babysit my grandkids several days a week but recently got to spend a whole weekend with them. My son and his wife spent a much needed long weekend in Duluth, to celebrate 17 years of marriage. I got custody of the 5 grandkids, aged 2 years to 16 years! This granny likes to cook so I consulted with the young’uns about what foods they wanted to eat all weekend. Of course I hoped one or two of the meals would end up being blog worthy!
As a fun meal, I planned to surprise the kids with sundae buffet one evening. I’d read koolaidmoms’ blog about how she surprised her kids with a sundae meal and thought it would be fun. The kids are big ice cream fans (well what kid isn’t!) so I knew this would go over well. I just had to provide an array of toppings, some ice cream, and I’d be their favorite grandma. Joking. I’d be memorable at least!
The only thing that went wrong with this sundae scenario was the night I chose. I planned on serving pulled pork on buns for lunch on Saturday after the parade, so it’s not like they didn’t have some decent food earlier. But it was the parade itself that tripped me up. It was UND’s combo of Homecoming and the Potato Bowl parade that went right past my son’s house this year. I’ve never seen soooo many floats and entries that gave out candy. Yes, candy. Much CANDY!
My spunky little grands were good at bouncing around to collect all of the candy thrown their way! Casey at 8 was the best, I decided. He collected 3 full plastic grocery bags alone! Bella at 12 was almost as good at collecting the sweet treats. Grady at almost 5 watched awhile then joined in and collected his own hoard of snacks. Oh my goodness, I think it was about 20 lbs all together! Not joking!
The kids spread the candy all over the living room, sorting it then deciding who wanted what. They’re pretty good at sharing and this was maximum sharing time. Oliver at 2 received age appropriate pieces and Hunter at 16 (who slept through the parade as a typical teen) got a bounty of what they didn’t want. It took about 3 hours to get the candy all divided. Some of it was consumed but I cautioned that supper was sweet enough, refrain from eating too much that day. I didn’t give away what supper was actually going to be.
Later when I had the table loaded with 3 kinds of ice cream and many, many toppings they gasped. They had no trouble creating their dream sundaes and some even had a second go round.
I learned that next time (If there is one!) I’ll stick to vanilla and chocolate ice cream. I’d bought bubble gum ice cream, cotton candy ice cream and blueberry cheesecake ice cream. Those ice creams are wild and tasteful enough. Adding the toppings was sort of overkill.
We powered through our bowls of deliciousness anyway but yeah, go simple on the ice creams. Stick to chocolate, vanilla, french vanilla and maybe strawberry. Save the varieties of flavors for the toppings!
I chose random candy bars, cookies, candy and ice cream toppings like chocolate fudge and caramel sauce for my buffet. I chopped up the bars and cookies and put them in containers ahead of time. I also found candy sprinkles and candy toppings already in small sized bags. There are so many things to chose from, wandering through the grocery aisles. You can go as wild as you wish,
I forgot the spray whipped cream but did remember maraschino cherries. I suggest you make a list before you hit the store, cuz once you get there your brain will be spinning with the choices!
Idea was borrowed from the fun blogger at What’s For Dinner Moms?
Ice Cream Sundae Buffet Supper
- ice cream (stick to simple vanilla and/or chocolate)
- chocolate fudge sauce
- caramel sauce
- chopped oreo cookies
- chopped Butterfinger bars
- chopped Snickers bars
- chopped thin mint type cookies
- bag of miniature m & ms
- bag of larger m & ms
- bag of crackle pieces (coated rice krispies)
- chopped dry roasted peanuts
- chopped up brownies
- container of sprinkles (mine had 4 kinds of chocolate pieces)
- maraschino cherries
- spray whipped cream topping (I forgot)
- large soup bowls
- ice cream scoops
Choose your favorite candy bars and cookies to make your buffet.
Chop the cookies and candy ahead of time and place in bowls.
Spread goodies on the table and watch them all gasp.