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If you’re ready to take your ice cream up a notch, try this Doughnut Ice Cream Sundae! It’s a giant sundae with all the fixings, served on top of a crispy doughnut!
I am feeling the summer time vibes, you guys. Lately it has been warm long into the evenings, so we’ve been eating most dinners out on our deck, enjoying the late sunshine and playing ladder ball and horseshoes after eating. Our dinners are moving away from heavy winter fare and focusing more on light food, lots of produce, and things from the grill. (It’s around this time every year that I decide I want to Grill All The Things.)
And of course, ice cream is making a major comeback. Once those warmer temperatures hit, it’s ice cream tiiiiiiiiiiiime!
Today I’m partnering with Hershey’s to bring you my newest dessert obsession—Doughnut Ice Cream Sundaes, made with Hershey’s Simply 5 Syrup! Hershey’s Simply 5 Syrup has just five simple ingredients, and is free of corn syrup, artificial ingredients, gluten, and GMO ingredients. I have so many fond memories of the Hershey’s squeeze bottle of chocolate syrup from my childhood, and I love that they’ve updated it with such a sweet and simple ingredient list.
As a hat tip to the simplicity of Hershey’s Simply 5 Syrup, I wanted to create a SugarHero-esque dessert that looks large and in charge, but is actually super fast and simple to whip up! These doughnut ice cream sundaes take just a few minutes to put together, but look and taste amazing. Imagine a banana split where the banana is actually a glazed doughnut, lightly toasted in a buttered skillet until golden and crispy. The slightly crunchy doughnut is the perfect base for all of those glorious ice cream toppings we’re going to pile on that bad boy.
Of course, you can make these with whatever ingredients you have on hand. I wanted to keep it super traditional and really inspired by a classic banana split. So I lined the toasted doughnut halves with sliced bananas and strawberries, then piled it high with three different types of ice cream, Hershey’s Simply 5 Syrup, whipped cream, sprinkles, and—NEVER FORGET—a few cherries on top!
I was most excited to share this dessert with my family. As he’s gotten older, my son Asher has become a real helper in the kitchen and it is so fun to share my culinary passion with him. Here’s a total mom brag, but I think he has some kitchen chops already! So I knew he would like the idea of this sundae and enjoy assembling his own. I toasted the doughnut and scooped the ice cream, then let him go crazy with the toppings–adding the sprinkles, cherries, whipped cream, and of course Hershey’s Simply 5 Syrup. He loved it!
These were a great addition to our usual deck-dinner-games routine last night, and I have a feeling we’ll be making them all summer long.
You can use this idea with any type of doughnut or fritter, or even a croissant. Any sort of crispy, bready thing is a great addition to an ice cream sundae. I hope you’ll give it a try now that summertime’s almost here!
Doughnut Ice Cream Sundaes
- 6 doughnut bars
- 2 TBSP unsalted butter
- 3 very ripe bananas
- 12 large strawberries
- 1 quart ice cream
- Hershey's Simply 5 Syrup
- Whipped cream
- Slice each doughnut in half lengthwise. Place a large skillet over medium heat, and melt some butter in the skillet. Working in batches, place the sliced doughnuts, cut side down, in the skillet and cook until they're toasted and golden. Let the toasted doughnuts cool to room temperature.
- Cut the bananas and strawberries into thin slices. Place the sliced doughnuts in your banana split dishes or bowls. Line the insides of the doughnut with the cut fruit. Top with scoops of ice cream, a drizzle of Hershey's Simply 5 Syrup, whipped cream, sprinkles, and cherries. Enjoy immediately!
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These look so fun for the kids! What a great idea!
Thanks Roxana! I love kid-friendly eats that adults actually enjoy too. 🙂
wow these sundaes look incredible! sundaes definitely bring back childhood memories. love the photos too.
Thanks Thalia! It definitely made me feel like a kid again. 🙂
They look great. I never had a sundae like this, thanks for sharing
Thanks Keith! Give them a try and let me know what you think!
Yummy in my tummy and I won´t be sharing! Ha!
Do you know every time I visit your site I start singing that song “did you know that you´re my hero?” LOL
Haha then my work here is done! I actually have a little tune I sing to “Su-gar-hero!” too. Haha. 🙂
I like your blog and this ice cream looks yum 🙂
Thank you so much, Hafsa!
One thing I love about baking and desserts is how happy they make people. The look on your son’s face is priceless! Cleary loving every minute of this amazing dessert! The best thing about this gem of a recipe is that the kids can be involved in creating their own masterpieces! Fun recipe!
Thank you, Stephanie! He was so over-the-moon about being able to assemble his sundae–it was awesome to see how happy such a simple thing could make him. I hope you’ll let me know if you try it with your own family!
I shouldn’t have stopped by before eating dinner! Whoa, this sundae looks amazing—and how cute is that little man of yours????!!! I’ll be back to pin all your creations later 🙂
Hey, who’s to say that a sundae can’t be a legitimate dinner? 🙂 And thanks, I think he’s pretty adorable too. Cheers!
Oh my gosh! I CANT EVEN!!!!
You CAN and you SHOULD! Hahah. 😉
My mind is totally blown! These sundaes are making all my sugar dreams come true.
Thanks Nicole! Any time I can combine sugar with more sugar I’m a happy girl. 🙂
I would completely go for that! Especially the cronut! Your son is so cute!
Thank you Shelby! It’s a toss-up between who is cuter: the boy or the sundae. 🙂
Oh wow, this looks like something my husband would love! I bet it goes down really well with kids too.
Oh yes! My son went crazy for it–and my husband too. 😉
That looks like a whole heap of fun to make AND eat 🙂
Thanks Nancy! We had a great time assembling them!
I’m drooling! I would love to taste this doughnut ice cream sundae now 🙂
Thanks Priya! You should definitely give it a try sometime.
Your GIF is awesome. Love this idea of taking an ice cream sundae up a notch. We happen to have some of this chocolate syrup in the fridge.
Thank you Christie! I love a good animated gif. 🙂 I think you need a few doughnuts so you can give it a try!
How can I wait after seeing such a wonderful recipe! Going to kitchen. Meanwhile you keep posting such delicious recipes….
Hey Punman, Thanks so much for following along! I appreciate it!