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Sundaes for Sliders

No matter how full I am after a good meal, there is still a part of my brain that wants dessert. It is ridiculous, but apparently I have been conditioned to needing something sweet for so long, my responsible, rational, adult self rarely wins.

I bought these little glasses for my food photography awhile back, and my kids love to used them for water. One night, when we were wanting a dessert, but had already eaten a decent dinner, I didn’t want to overload us on even more calories.  So I thought it might be fun to fill the glasses with ice cream and toppings. Surprisingly, the minuscule 1/4 cup serving of an ice cream sundae was more than enough for each of us.

Aren’t they cute, though? They’d be perfect for finishing off a plate of sliders.

The best part about these is that each one is packed with different flavors: strawberry, banana, hot fudge, whipped cream, caramel, and a cherry.

Sundaes for Sliders

You can arrange these any way you like on your own, and have the kids help.  We layered vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce, strawberries, hot fudge, banana compote, whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry. See below for our recipes.

Homemade Strawberry Sauce

1 pint fresh strawberries, cut in small pieces
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients in a glass bowl and allow to rest for 2-4 hours.

Homemade Hot Fudge

1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup really good chocolate chips (like Guittard)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. In a glass measuring cup or bowl, heat the cream in a microwave until just boiling. Pour in the chocolate chips and vanilla. Let sit for 2-4 minutes to allow the chocolate to melt.

2. Whisk until smooth and shiny.

Banana Compote

1 banana, cut in small pieces
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons brown sugar

Fold all ingredients together until bananas are well coated.

Homemade Whipped Cream

1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar

With an electric mixer, mix all ingredients until soft peaks form.

Homemade Caramel Sauce

You can read my recipe and see detailed instructions on my apple crisp post. Scroll down to the bottom for the caramel sauce.

This is worth every second of effort. You’ll feel so proud of yourself with a Ball jar filled to the top with it. Keep it in the fridge for up to a week, if it lasts that long!

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